Giants halt 5-game skid behind Bleggi and bats

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Jackson Giants got off the schneid Monday with a convincing 8-2 win over the Hillcrest Knights. The win stopped a five-game skid for the Giants who improved their record to 4-8 on the season.

Jackson put up single runs in the first three innings as starter Parker Bleggi mowed down Knight hitters with a 1-hit shutout through four. Hillcrest finally broke through with a run in the 5th but Jackson answered that and then some with three more runs plated in the 6th inning.

Final line on Bleggi, who threw a whopping 105 pitches in seven innings of work: 1 run, 5 hits, 10 strikeouts, and 2 walks. Kyle Cranston secured the save working the final two innings.

Quentin Bruno and Connor Lang supplied the Giants with the bulk of the offense. Bruno narrowly missed hitting for the cycle after flying out deep to left-center in his final at bat. Bruno finished 3-5 with a single, double, triple and 2 runs batted in.

Lang went 4-5, knocking in three for Jackson. Bleggi also helped his own cause at the plate, finishing 3-4 with an RBI.

The Giants get some much-needed rest before hosting the Southwest tournament this weekend. Jackson will play two games Saturday (Hillcrest 9 a.m., Idaho Falls 8:15 p.m.) and two on Sunday (Thunder Ridge 1:30 p.m., TBD 4:30 p.m.).

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