Mental and physical mistakes plagued the Bakersfield Blaze in Modesto on Sunday night, as the Modesto Nuts scored interrmittently throughout the contest, capitalizing on those gaffes en route to an easy 6-1 win over the Blaze, and completing the series sweep.
Modesto plated a run in the 1st, and would never trail. James Allen (L, 8-10) allowed a leadoff walk, and a wild pitch moved Taylor Featherston to second. Then, during a 10-pitch at-bat, Trevor Story battled, fought, and doubled home his man, putting the Blaze behind 1-0 early.
Two innings later, the Nuts would double their edge. Tyler Massey singled to center, went to third on a Featherston knock, and scored on a double play grounder.
Bakersfield got its only run in the 4th inning, cutting their deficit in half, briefly, when Steve Selsky walked with two outs, and Juan Duran doubled off the left field wall to bring him home.
From that point, the Blaze seemed to run out of fight. A missed tag on a stolen base in the 5th inning allowed the Nuts to plate their 3rd run, going back up 3-1. And in the 6th off Ben Klimesh, the Nuts added a fourth run on a walk, two stolen bags and a base hit.
Meanwhile, Tyler Anderson (W, 2-2) was sensational. Anderson ended his day going a strong seven innings for the Nuts, allowing just the one run on five hits and a pair of walks.
The Nuts added two unearned runs off Brooks Pinckard (and his defense) in the 7th, when David Kandilas walked and went to third on a dropped flyball in center. Both of those runners would come around to score on a flyball and grounder, and Modesto would pull away, 6-1.
Carlos Gonzalez worked a scoreless 8th for the Blaze pen, and Nelson Gonzalez and Ryan Buch each tossed a spotless inning for the Nuts as Modesto won its 7th game in a row and continues to surge toward the postseason.
For the Blaze, the team suffered a sweep at the hands of its opposition for the 9th time this season, and drops to 25 games under 500 after a strong recent stretch of play prior to this series.
The Blaze road trip continues with the club's only visit to San Bernardino from Tuesday through Thursday, after a scheduled off-day on Monday evening. Shane Dyer takes the hill in the opener of the three-game set with the Sixers, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm.
Make sure to listen to all three games live over the internet, as Dan Besbris brings the call through the BakersfieldBlaze.com Gameday Audio page or via your TuneIn Radio smartphone app. The Blaze pregame show begins at 7:00pm, with baseball action to follow.