It was probably the best game of the year for Blaze starter J.C. Sulbaran, who totally dominated Modesto batters all evening long. In 6.1 innings of ace-like work, Sulbaran struck out 10 while walking only 1 and gave up 3 hits. At one point between the 2nd and 5th innings, he retired 10 men in a row. J.C. came into the game as the club strike out leader, and just added to that statistic in impressive fashion. After allowing a hit and a walk in the 1st, he allowed just two more base runners until he came out in the seventh.
Clayton Shunick and Doug Salinas combined to finish off the Nuts the rest of the way. Sulbaran was the winner (4-1, 4.73 ERA) as he picked up his 4th win of the year. Modesto starter Dan Perkins took the loss (0-4, 7.32 ERA).
The Blaze offensive attack provided some clutch hitting, as they ended with only 5 hits for the game, but also drew 6 walks from Nuts pitching. This game was in complete contrast to last night’s game, as Modesto put up 15 runs on 21 hits.
An RBI double by Ryan LaMarre scored Didi Gregorious in the 1st inning to take a 1-0 Blaze lead. That lead held up until the 4th, as a solo homer to center by Alex Buchholz made it 2-0 and provided the winning run. The only Modesto run came in the 7th, and it was unearned.
For all intents and purposes, the Blaze put the game away in the 6th inning, as they struck for 4 runs. An RBI single to right by Buchholz scored Stephen Hunt, a line drive single to right by Kevin Coddington scored 2 more, and a ground out by A.J. Means scored the 4th and final run of the inning. It turned out to be nothing more than icing on the cake. May we get some ice cream with that on Sunday? We can only hope so.
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