Stanford grad Slater helps SJ Giants win their home opener


Stanford grad Austin Slater was 3 for 5, including a double, and drove in two runs to help the San Jose Giants win their home opener, bating the Bakersfield Blaze, 10-5, in Single-A California League baseball action Thursday night.

Slater, who entered the game with five hits in his first 28 at bats, made sure the night was even more special for Brian Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan who was beaten unconscious at Dodger Stadium four years ago.

Austin Slater
Stow threw out the first pitch, with the help of a walker, at San Jose Muni to a thunderous ovation from the fans. Stow plans to attend Thursday night's game at AT&T Park.

Slater drove in the Giants' first run with a single and fellow Cardinal grad Brian Ragira, who went 1 for 5, also singled to drive in a run during a 3-run first.

Stanford grad Austin Wilson was in right field for the Blaze. He went 0 for 4 but drove in a run.

In other news, Stanford grad Colin Walsh continues to impress for the Midland RockHounds, an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics.

Walsh has played in 32 games, dating to last year, and has reached base in all 32 of them. He's batting .417 (10 for 24) in his first seven games.

Palo Alto grad B.J. Boyd had two hits to help the Stockton Ports, also an A's affiliate, win their home opener, 4-3, over the Visalia Oaks.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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