Froggy is a lot of people's favorite person in Bakersfield sports. The program man accepted the ice bucket challenge to raise funds for ALS cure research. The Blaze walked off against the JetHawks courtesy new call-up Joe Hudson.
For the second time in three days, the Bakersfield Blaze enjoyed the greatest in game-endings - the walkoff. Today, under the warm afternoon sun, it was Joe Hudson, smacking a solo homer in the bottom of the 9th to break a 6-6 tie, and send the Blaze to victory, 7-6.
The ballgame featured a host of homers from Bakersfield, though the early parts of the game were less thrilling and more confusing.
El'Hajj Muhammad got the spot-start and went two scoreless innings while Sean Buckley provided the Blaze with 1-0 lead.
Scheduled starter Ismael Guillon entered in the 3rd inning, and as usual, struggled in his first inning of work before settling down. The Jethawks sent 10 men to the plate in the 3rd inning, scoring six times on six hits, but a fair amount of the damage was preventable. The Blaze committed two errors in the inning and lost two baseballs in the high sky, leading to three bonus runs, and Bako trailed 6-1.
The long road back started shortly thereafter, as Beau Amaral flexed the muscle and mashed two solo homers in three innings to cut the hole to 6-3, both coming off starter Kyle Westwood. Jeff Gelalich, Amaral's teammate at U.C.L.A. homered in the 5th, as well, bringing Bako to within two.
In the 7th, the Blaze got even. Gelalich smacked his second dinger of the day, this time with a runner aboard off Tyler Brunnemann, and the game was locked at six runs apiece.
Brian Pearl worked a scoreless 8th and Jacob Johnson (W, 4-1) dealt with the 9th, and the heroics came just one batter later.
Andrew Walter (L, 0-1) entered for the Jethawks, and on a full count fastball, Joe Hudson hit a towering flyball into the corner, a wall-scraping solo-shot that sent the team into a frenzy and ended the game on a very high note with a 7-6 win.
The victory is the third in a row for the Blaze, who again put a road block in front of the Jethawks offense outside of one big inning. Bakersfield has won six games in the second half alone on walkoffs, this being the second homer among them. The win also moves the Blaze back to 16 games over 500 on the season at 71-55, with 14 to play.
The series with Lancaster concludes on Dollar Monday at Sam Lynn Ballpark, a 7:15pm start time that features one dollar admission and one dollar hot dogs thanks to Bakersfield Hyundai. Fans are encouraged to arrive early, as bleacher seats are first come, first serve.
Can't make it? Listen to every pitch as the Blaze go for another dramatic win. Drew Cisco takes the hill for Bako in the finale, shooting for the sweep, and Lance McCullers gets the call for the Jethawks.
Dan Besbris has the broadcast under moderate control on BakersfieldBlaze.com and TuneIn Radio. Pregame at 7:10pm.
Information for the game-recap portion of this article was provided by the Blaze.
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