In a game that was very similar to game one against the Pearl, Santa Barbara could not catch a break and lost game two of the series by a score of 5-3.
For the fifth straight game the Foresters were outhit by their opponents, and for the fifth straight game they didn’t come away with a win. At the same time, Santa Barbara’s starter, Zach Esquivel (1-1), gave up a season high three earned runs.
Again, the Foresters had a couple of chances, specifically in the bottom of both the sixth and seventh innings. In the bottom of the sixth, they had men on second and third with one out, but were unable to bring in a run. In the bottom of the seventh, it was a similar situation, with Travis Moniot on third and Hunter Stovall on second. Unfortunately, Matt Henderson struck out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the ninth, however, Foresters’ fans did get one last bit of excitement. With no outs and Moniot on first, Bret Boswell blasted a two run homer over the right field fence to make it 5-3 Neptune Beach. That would prove to be the final in this one though, with Pearl closer Theron Kay retiring the last three ‘Sters in succession.
The Foresters look to get out of a funk on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 pm, in their final game against Neptune Beach.—Matthew Selman