In a momentum and game changing 5th inning, the Nuts took advantage of some poor Blaze defense and pitching miscues in the inning, and it propelled them to a 7-3 win in the finale of a 4-game set at John Thurman Field in Modesto.
It was a superb pitching effort by Nuts starting pitcher Edwar Cabrera (W 3-0, 3.77 ERA), as he posted an impressive stat line. He pitched a very strong 7 innings, allowed 2 earned runs on 6 hits, struck out 9, and walked 2. Josh Ravin (L 2-8, 4.61 ERA) on the other hand, was just a tad below his best, as he pitched for 6.2 innings, allowed 6 runs (4 earned), with 6 hits, 6 strikeouts, and 3 base on balls.
The Blaze took an early 1-0 lead in this one, with a triple by David Lohman, followed by an A.J. Means single in the 3rd. But the Nuts would strike right back. David Christensen then took a Josh Ravin fastball over the wall in right center to tie the game at 1-1, and that was the one and only Blaze lead of the night.
In the 5th, Ravin hit Jose Gonzalez, and a walk to David Christensen put the first 2 men aboard. Then with Delta Cleary Jr. batting, a throwing error by Ravin on the pickoff attempt moved Gonzalez to 3rd and Christensen to 2nd. With the infield in, Cleary Jr. singled to score a run, and a missed cutoff allowed Cleary Jr. to move to 2nd. A passed ball by Jordan Wideman brought in another run, and a sacrifice fly brought in another. The Nuts took a 4-1 edge on a largely unearned rally. The Blaze managed to cut the deficit to 4-2, with a single and a double in the 7th off Cabrera, but he finished the 7th with some help behind him (a diving catch), as the Nuts stagnated the rally, and cruised to victory from there.
Modesto got 3 more in their half of the 7th to put the game away on 3 straight 2-out singles. Bakersfield would score 1 more run in the 9th, but this game was largely controlled by the Nuts. The Nuts took the final 3 meetings to finish their season series, with Bakersfield winning the series 11-10. The loss also dropped the Blaze one game behind the Nuts in the race for a wild card slot.
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