Matinee baseball out west as Bakersfield and Stockton hook up. Listening to Bob Dylan and thinking about those folks up north who are being pummeled by tornadoes. I have relatives in the area but, thankfully, they are okay.
The Blaze strike first, scoring on a Kyle Waldrop single followed by Juan 'Gone' Duran's two-run poke. Stockton jumped on Bakersfield starter Jake Johnson for a run in the bottom of the first. After one it is Bakersfield 2 Stockton 1.
Jake Johnson allows four runs in the bottom of the second. It could have been better -two were unearned due to an error by Chris Berset. It could have been worse - Kyle Waldrop gunned down a runner at the plate. Blaze trail 5-2.
Jake Johnson does not build upon his last effort, failing to make it out of the third inning. Brooks Pinckard did not fare much better in his inning of work.
Blaze fell behind 8-3 but have picked up a run in the fifth and now trail just 8-4. Steve Selsky had a solo blast. Yorman Rodriguez, Juan Perez and Juan Silverio have doubled.
Wes Mugarin pitched a scoreless frame and now Jimmy Moran is on the mound in the bottom of the fifth.
Stockton pounded Kyle McMyne in the eighth for five runs to put the game way out of reach. Carlos Gonzalez, who started on the 6th and the 11th pitched an inning of relief. With the day off he should have been scheduled for the 17th. But I am assuming they are just going to skip his turn in the rotation.
Stockton 14 Bakersfield 4.