Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Blaze get routed by Nuts, still lead playoff series 2-1

Monday's Reds game went 14 innings and lasted over five hours. Though their game took about half the time, the Blaze players probably felt like their game was just as long as they got whooped by the Nuts 12-1 in the third game of the best-of-five series. Modesto was in survival mode and did have the advantage of throwing Major League pitcher Jorge De La Rosa on the mound who is on a rehab assignment. That's no excuse for the offense though, as he pitched just 3.2 innings.

Check out the recap below.

Modesto 12 Bakersfield 1 (Game 3)
Blaze lead the series 2-1.
Starter Stalin Gerson (L 0-1, 45.00) got roughed up early, surredndering six runs, five earned, in just one inning, including three home runs. Blaine Howell, Brooks Pinckard, and Kyle McMyne did their best to hold the Nuts at bay as each of them threw two innings of scorless relief. Andrew Brackman came on in the eighth and got blown up for six earned runs in the inning.

The offense didn't help much. 3B Travis Mattair was 2-4, and hit his second homer of the postseason. RF Steve Selsky, 1B Dominic D'Anna, DH Ryan Wright, and C Danny Vicioso were the only other Blaze players to come up with a hit as each of them singled.

Game 4 will take place Tuesday night in Modesto as the Blaze look to end the series, while the Nuts will once again try to avoid elimination. Daniel Renken is expected to make the start for Bakersfield, while Josh Mueller is the probably starter for Modesto.

From the Blaze official site:

"Make sure to tune in to hear the entire game as it happens, as the Blaze chase a Cal League Championship! The broadcast can be found at BakersfieldBlaze.com, with Dan Besbris bringing the call ten minutes prior to first pitch."

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