Several errors cost the Blues a victory as the San Francisco Seals defeated the Blues by the score of 7-5.
The Blues struck first, with a two out rally in the bottom of the first inning. Newcomer shortstop Ricky Martinez got on with a line drive single. He was advanced to third by a Branson Trube single and then brought in on a Marco Murillo single.
The Blues had a defensive collapse in the second inning, when two throwing errors, stemming from miscommunication allowed the Seals to bring in three runners on the same play. The Seals went up by one more in the third, when a passed ball brought in one more run.
In the bottom of the third, Price Visintainer led off with a solo home run, which was his first of the season. The Blues were looking for another two out rally, when Trube hit what looked like a triple but he stumbled while rounding second and was tagged out. Trube was in visible pain and had to leave the game. Coach Dan Marple had some more information about the nature of Trube’s injury. “We lost probably our best ball player tonight, for probably two to three weeks, with a pulled hamstring.”
The Seals scored two more in the fourth to go up 6-2. The Blues answered back with three runs in the fourth to pull within one. Pitcher Jake Niezen came in to relieve for the Blues after the two runs were let up in the fourth, and he was excellent through four innings with five strikeouts, two hits and no walks or runs.
Dan Beavers came in to pitch in the eighth inning he allowed one run and one walk, and had three strikeouts in two innings.
Visintainer went one-for-four with two RBI, Trube went two-for-two before exiting the game, and Murillo went two-for-four with one RBI.
The Blues look to even the series tonight, when they return to action at 6 P.M.