The Blues bounced back Saturday night after a disappointing loss on Friday. Coach Dan Marple made a few lineup changes that helped spark some offense and solidified the defense.
Things seemed dicey initially for the Blues when Harrison Hull of the San Francisco Seals hit a solo home run over the left field fence. The Blues were unable to produce any runs in the first.
The Blues answered back in the second inning when Nick Pagan drew a walk to get on base. He was advanced to second on a sacrifice grounder, advanced to third on a single from Justin Beck and then brought in on an RBI sac fly from Robbie Silva. Beck was also walked in later in the inning when Haydan Hastings drew a walk with the bases loaded.
The Blues retired the side in order in the top of the third inning, courtesy of two Mac Lardner strikeouts. Singles from Ricky Martinez and Pagan put runners on for the Blues. Martinez was scored by another Beck single and Pagan was brought in on another Silva sac fly.
The Blues were efficient defensively again in the fourth finishing the inning on a double play. The Seals were able to put up one more run in the fifth inning but were unable to stimulate anything else offensively.
The Blues were able to bring in two more runs to boost their lead. They remained solid defensively backed by strong pitching from Anthony Arias. Arias started off shaky, allowing a double and a walk, but he was able to shut things down and ended up with five strikeouts, one hit and one walk in just over two and a half innings.
Justin Beck was named player of the game. He went four-for-four on the night and played excellent in the field. Beck said that he has been working on his swing, “I’ve been working with Coach O’Hare, just some things for my swing. I guess it paid off tonight I got some good pitches to hit and I capitalized on them.”
Coach Dan Marple, thought the defensive game really made a difference. “When you look up at the scoreboard and you see a big zero under the error, we played a really clean game defensively and that sets the stage.”
The Blues had three double plays. Beck went four-for-four with two RBI, Andy Garretson went two-for-three, and Silva had two RBI.
The Blues will try to take the series against the Seals Sunday at 1 P.M. Justin Goosen-Brown will be on the mound.