It was a memorable 2022 San Jose Giants season as the club posted one of best records in the California League, reached the playoffs once again and had several standout individual performers. Behind a powerful lineup and the top pitching staff in the league, the Giants went 74-58 to earn a Wild Card berth in the North Division.
Let’s take a look back at the year with the 2022 San Jose Giants Season Recap:
Regular Season Review
The Giants boasted many of the top players in the California League throughout the year on their way to a 74-58 regular season. San Jose was an excellent 40-26 in the first half and finished only one game behind Fresno for the top spot in the division. The Giants then had a 34-32 mark in the second half as the Grizzlies again claimed the division crown. San Jose though earned a trip to the postseason by virtue of their second-best overall record in the North Division – eight games ahead of third-place Modesto.
The Giants’ best months of the year came back-to-back in May (16-10) and June (17-9) as the club challenged for the top spot in the division. A season-high 11-game winning streak from June 15-26 included five straight victories at home against the powerful Fresno Grizzlies before a dominant six-game sweep in Stockton. While San Jose spent most of July and August out of playoff position as the team hovered around .500 in the second half, a late push over the final few weeks vaulted the Giants into the postseason. A key series win at playoff contender Modesto followed by five consecutive victories in Stockton led to an outstanding 9-3 record on San Jose’s final road trip of the year. A few days later when the club returned home, the Giants officially secured a playoff berth for a third straight season.
The Giants celebrate after clinching a playoff berth
League-Leading Pitching Staff
The Giants pitching staff had an outstanding season and led the California League in multiple categories, including ERA (4.11), lowest opponents batting average (.230) and fewest home runs allowed (92). San Jose was also second in the league in strikeouts (10.9 per game) and second in shutouts (6). The Giants achieved a new team single-season record with 1,443 strikeouts. San Jose broke the record during the final game of the regular season surpassing the previous mark of 1,439 strikeouts set by the 2021 team. The Giants led the league in earned run average for a second…