In a very whimsical game of errors and base running blunders that was laughable to say the least, it was the Lancaster Jethawks that had the last laugh, with a 4-3 victory over the Blaze, in the first game of a 3 game series. Lancaster committed 4 errors, but the Blaze couldn’t capitalize, and Bakersfield dropped its 4th straight decision. The Blaze added to the comical nature of the game with a handful of base running mistakes that made you scratch your head and wonder.
Mark Serrano (L 3-7, 5.02 ERA) took the tough loss despite going 8 innings and allowing just 4 runs on 7 hits, while striking out 7 and not allowing a single walk. Andrew Robinson (W 5-8, 6.02 ERA) allowed 8 hits in 6 innings, 2 earned runs, 6 strikeouts plus a walk, and Kirk Clark (S 17) stranded the tying run at 3rd for his 17th save.
Three homers by the Jethawks (all to center field) were spearheaded by first baseman Erik Castro, who whacked a pair by himself, and collected a double as well. There was little doubt who the Lancaster star of the night was. But the game was decided largely on which team would make the most consequential type of mistake. Lancaster kicked 3 grounders and launched a throw into right field, but when it was all over, the Lancaster errors made less of an impact.
Stephen Hunt had a pair of hits, and was robbed of a third on a spectacular diving catch in the 7th inning. If that ball gets by, it probably would have changed the complexion of the game.
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