Bakersfield Gets Back on Track

Bakersfield improved their division-leading record to 15-10 with a 7-2 win over Lancaster last night. Donald Lutz hit his seventh home run of the season. He's now tied for second in the California League while keeping a .309 average. Tony Cingrani tossed five innings in another scoreless outing. His ERA is down to 0.32.

After losing three games on the heels of an eleven game winning streak Bakersfield got back in the win column with a 7-2 victory over Lancaster at Sam Lynn Field last night. The Blaze attack got started in the first inning with back-to-back solo home runs by Devin Lohman and Donald Lutz. It was Lutz's seventh of the season which ties him for second place in the California League. They blew the game open with four runs in the eighth which included a two run shot by Andrew Means. Lohman, Travis Mattair, Stephen Hunt, Brian Means, and Bryson Smith had two hits each. Smith is now batting .303.

Tony Cingrani continued his dominance over Cal League hitters in a five run outing that was shortened by pitch count precautions. The left-hander did not allow a run and lowered his ERA to 0.32 while picking up his third win in five starts. He limited JetHawk hitters to three hits while striking out nine and walking on. Curtis Parch and Brian Pearl both threw a scoreless inning of relief to finish the game.

The teams will play the rubber game of the three game set tonight in what figures to be a good pitching match-up. Kyle Lotzkar (3-0, 1.25) will take the mound against Tony Aliniz (2-0,2.90).

Other News from the Farm:

Louisville lost their fourth in a row by a 7-5 decision at Durham. Jeff Francis lost his third after allowing five runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings. Mike Costanza, Bill Rhinehart, and Miguel Rojas each had two hits including Rhinehart's first home run of the season.

Pensacola was rained out. They will make up the game in a double header against Jacksonville at Blue Wahoos Park tonight.

Billy Hamilton Theft Watch:

Hamilton reached base only once last night on a fielder's choice. He swiped second to raise his total to 30 steals in 25 games.

Dayton lost their third in a row in a 5-3 decision against visiting Lake County. Ryan Wright had a couple of hits including his first home run of the season. Sean Buckley added a couple of singles in the losing cause. Justice French was charged with the loss after allowing five runs on ten hits in five innings.

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