The Bakersfield Blaze came out hot, but the San Jose Giants turned a mid-game hose on the Blaze fun, and the visitors went on to take the opener of a three game series at Sam Lynn Ballpark by the final score of 10-3.
Jonathan Moscot (L, 0-5) got the start for the Blaze, and looked very good out of the chute, allowing just a single over the first innings.
Meanwhile, on the other side, Edwin Escobar ran into early trouble for the Giants. In the bottom of the 2nd, the Blaze mounted a rally -- Yorman Rodriguez singled to right with one out, Juan Duran followed with a walk, and Juan Silverio, in a twelve pitch at-bat, smashed a triple to center to score two. One out later, Yovan Gonzalez doubled to the wall in left to score Silverio, and the Blaze went up, 3-0.
The short, and the fun, were short-lived. In the very next half-inning, the Giants used a walk, three singles and an error to get three runs right back, and tied the game 3-3.
The Giants made an early move to the bullpen, and it ended up paying off. Kelvin Marte (W, 1-0) relieved Escobar, and turned in 2.1 scoreless frames. It was during those innings that the Giants pulled away.
In the top of the 4th, San Jose put on a clinic, alternating homers and doubles for five batters, scoring five quick runs, and jumping ahead, 8-3. Then, just one inning later, with Jimmy Moran on the hill, the Giants added a fourth homer, another two-run shot, and went up 10-3, the final margin.
From there, the game was quiet. Brooks Pinckard and El'Hajj Muhammad each worked two scoreless frames for the Blaze, and the Giants relieving corps of Jeff Soptic, Luis Rojas and Josh Osich finished off the Blaze.
The loss drops Bakersfield to a league-worst 8-24 on the season, falling 13 games out of first place for the first time this year with the team's sixth consecutive loss.
The series at home with San Jose continues on Goodwill Wednesday. The Blaze will send James Allen to the hill, and the Giants counter with lefty Ty Blach. Bring a valid donation item to the park to get in for half price!
Can't make it? Tune in to the broadcast at BakersfieldBlaze.com, as Dan Besbris brings the play by play live. First pitch is 7:30pm, with the Blaze pregame show beginning ten minutes prior.