The Blues were looking to start a win streak after defeating the Healdsburg Prune Packers last night by the score of 7-6.
The Blues started strong. Right handed pitcher Jeremy Jess started the Blues off with a strikeout looking. The Blues were able to retire the side in order to end the inning. A solo homer from Price Visintainer put the Blues up early in the game.
The Halos pushed back in the top of the second, scoring four runs, on a few base hits and an error. The Halos’ pitcher Dylan Francis was hard to solve with five strikeouts in the first two innings. Marco Murillo hit a pop up which ended up being an out courtesy of a fantastic bare-handed grab by the Halos’ third baseman.
The Halos pushed one more run over the plate to increase their lead in the third. The Blues were still unable to get any more offense started in the bottom of the inning. The Blues managed to minimize damage in the top of the fourth allowing only a double with no runs.
Jake Swiech came in to pitch in relief for the fifth and sixth innings. He allowed no runs, no hits, and no walks with four strike outs. Tyson Quolas led off with a double in the bottom of the sixth and was brought in on a single from Nkosi Djehuti-Mes to bring the score to 5-2 Halos. The Halos managed to extend their lead to 6-2 in the seventh.
The Halos got three more runs bringing the score to 9-2 in the eighth inning but Josh Goldberg managed to strike out the side. The Blues attempted to rally in the bottom of the ninth with Visintainer reaching first on an error and Djehuti-Mes reaching first on a walk. Both runners reached home after Martinez and Murillo singled, bringing the score to 9-4 Halos.
Coach Dan Marple was not impressed with the outcome of tonight’s game. “It came down to the middle innings, we didn’t compete. We were in a ballgame 5-2 and it was like we were out of the ballgame. We did not compete very well. In order to be successful in this league you have to compete not just in the first inning.”
The Blues return to action tonight against the Conejo Oaks at 6 P.M.