The Bakersfield Blaze have made a nice habit over the last four days of riding solid pitching to victory, and the team performed the same production on Thursday night in Lancaster, beating the Jethawks behind one big offensive inning and four excellent arms, 4-2.
The Blaze jumped out to an early lead on Jethawks starter Chris Devenski. After each team went in order in the 1st inning, Juan Duran tripled to lead off the 2nd, and five of the next six batters singled for Bakersfield, plating four runs and grabbing the 4-0 advantage.
The Jethawks put their first tally on the board in the 4th. Despite errors by the Blaze defense in three of the first four innings, Lancaster could muster just one run over that span on a double, single and error in the 4th, and the Blaze lead was trimmed to 4-1.
Lancaster got one more in the next inning, scoring on two singles and a double play grounder, and Johnson's evening was done after five solid frames, leading 4-2.
The Blaze turned to Carlos Gonzalez in the 6th, and Carlos continued to deliver, setting down the Jethawks in the 6th, and then again in the 7th while maintaining the 4-2 edge.
Brooks Pinckard followed with a scoreless 8th inning.
Meanwhile, the Jethawks pitchers settled into a groove. The Blaze collected six singles from the 3rd inning on, and were unable to put any additional space between themselves and the Jethawks, leading to a high pressure 9th.
The Blaze turned to Kyle McMyne (S, 1) to get the final three outs, and despite allowing the tying runs to reach base on a single and a walk, McMyne snapped off a perfect slider to strike out Raoul Torrez and get the Blaze the win.
With the victory, the Blaze have now won two straight for the first time this year, and improve to 4-11 overall, and 3-1 in their last four games. The two teams will be right back at it Friday at 7pm in Lancaster, as the Blaze turn to southpaw Tanner Robles to try to continue the recent surge, and the Jethawks counter with David Rollins.
The game will be available to the listening audience via both internet and radio, as Friday marks the first of two Games of the Week on the Blaze flagship station, SmartTalk-1230AM locally in Kern County. The game will, of course, be broadcast live over the internet as well via BakersfieldBlaze.com, with Dan Besbris handling the calls on both radio and internet - pregame show starts at 6:50pm.
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