There is probably nothing more consistent in this Bakersfield Blaze season than losing to the San Jose Giants. It really does not matter that the Giants have been less than themselves in this second half of the campaign. When they see the Blaze, everything reverts back to normal. No different this time, as the Giants led from start to finish, and won their 9th straight in the season series, 6-3 over the Blaze.
Even though the Blaze moved within a couple runs late, the Giant’s lead was never seriously challenged, and the Blaze fell for the 9th time in 11 games.
San Jose starter Kelvin Marte (W 6-5, 3.41 ERA) was again very effective versus the Blaze, and for the third time against them, Marte went 7 innings, and allowed 3 runs. The Blaze scored in the 2nd, 5th, and 7th, but the key innings were the 2nd and 4th. In each of those, the Blaze put runners at 2nd and 3rd with 1 out, and each time they were unable to bring home a run. The Giants turned 3 double plays behind their pitchers to further frustrate the Blaze offense.
For the Blaze, Josh Ravin (L 1-6, 4.92 ERA) once again struggled against San Jose. Ravin lasted just 3.2 innings, giving up 4 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks before being lifted with the bases loaded in the 4th.The Blaze bullpen did an adequate job over the final 4.1 innings, as they gave up 2 runs with Mace Thurman, Drew Bowman and Scott Gaffney each working one shutout inning apiece. But holding them down was not enough, as Jacob Dunnington and Mitch Lively (S, 5) faced just 6 batters over the final two frames to secure their second straight victory.
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