The Blaze fell behind by a 2-0 margin in the 1st inning, could only muster a single run in the 5th, and coasted to another home loss, this one a 3-1 defeat by the Lake Elsinore Storm. With the loss, the Blaze fell 4 games under 500, and went just 3-4 on the homestand.
Bakersfield. Starter J.C. Sulbaran (L 8-3, 4.09 ERA) gave up a 2-run blast to Tommy Medica in the 1st, and it proved to be too much for the Blaze to overcome. They would go on to get only a single run in the 5th off Lake Elsinore starter Andrew Werner (W 5-1, 2.86 ERA), and took another tough loss that dropped them 3 games back of Modesto in the Wild Card chase. An insurance run in the 5th by the Storm finished the scoring for both teams.
The Blaze did have some possibilities late, but failed to capitalize on the few chances given them. In the 7th, a hit, a walk, and a wild pitch put the tying runs at 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs, but Jeremy McBryde induced a pop-up to escape the jam, and again in the 8th, McBryde worked out of a 2-on, 2-out predicament, serving to further frustrate the meager Blaze attack. Jason Ray (S, 8) came in and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to record his 8th save.
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