With a game that took almost 5 hours for completion, featured 13 combined pitchers, 29 combined hits, and 21 combined runs, the Blaze and Nuts exchanged blows right down to the 13th inning. When the end finally came, it was the Nuts who struck last, and defeated the Blaze 11-10 in 13 innings.
Bakersfield struck first with 4 runs in the 3rd inning, and the score would read 4-0 until the bottom of the 5th, when the Nuts punched in 3 runs of their own to draw within 4-3. That count lasted only for the next set of at bats, as the Blaze came right back with another 2 runs, and upped the score to 6-3 Blaze. A tit for tat again, with the Nuts striking back again for another 4 runs in the 6th, as they went up 7-6 for their first lead of the game. In the 7th, another Blaze run meant a 7-7 tie. A single run scored by both clubs in the 8th, just changed the tie to 8-8. For the next four innings, both bullpens managed shutouts, and that was a monumental fact in and of itself, for obvious reasons.
The 13th was both monumental and dramatic. In the top half, the Blaze got a leadoff single from Kevin Coddington, before Jorge Jimenez came in and whacked a 2-run shot to right, for a Blaze 10-8 lead. Leuris Gomez (W, 3-2, 4.95 ERA) was then called upon to finish the top half, and he did so. In the bottom half, Doug Salinas (L, 4-2, 5.11 ERA) retired David Christensen on a strikeout to begin the inning. Then a walk to Delta Cleary Jr., followed by a single for Josh Rutledge (who went 6-for-6 and reached base 7 times) put the Tying runs aboard. Salinas fell behind Nolan Arenado 2-and-1, and tried to sneak a fastball past him, but it did not work, as Arenado said good night now, with a walk-off 3-run blast to left center, and the Nuts went nuts on the field.
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