After seven home games and a short trek to Santa Paula, the Santa Barbara Foresters traveled to Mission Viejo to take on the LA Brewers for the first of three games in two days. While their pitching again held their opponent down, the Forester offense failed to put up any runs on the way to a 2-0 loss to the Brewers.
Keaton Siomkin, in his second start of the season, pitched as great of a game as he could while still ending up with a loss. Siomkin threw six innings, striking out seven and allowed only one unearned run on three hits and three walks.
A stretch of 24 straight innings of scoreless baseball ended when the unearned run crossed the plate against Siomkin in the fifth inning.
The greatest chance for the Foresters came in the sixth inning. With men on first and second and no outs, Austin Darby and Ryan O’Hearn struck out. Then with two outs, Steven Reveles was caught stealing third and the inning ended empty handed.
From there on, opportunities were few and far between. Santa Barbara only tallied three hits in the game and walked once.
At one point, five straight Forester batters were struck out as Brewers’ pitcher Jake Clark struck out the side in the seventh following his two prior in the sixth.
Parker French entered in the seventh for his Foresters debut. He struck out three in his two innings of work, but walked one which would come around to score on an RBI triple by Brewers’ center fielder Cory Geisler.
The loss ends the Foresters’ eight-game win streak to open the season and moves their record to 8-1 overall and 1-1 in the California Collegiate League.