Garret King was once again royalty on the mound, allowing only four hits and a walk in seven shutout innings as the Foresters beat the L.A. Brewers on the road, 5-2. Coming off their dramatic walkoff win last Sunday, the Foresters traveled south for their final California road trip of the season.And once again Granger Studdard and the longball were part of the winning equation.
The Brewers used two of their hits and took advantage of a Foresters to score a pair of unearned runs off King to take a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
In the seventh, the Foresters finally got on the board. Michael Smith and Kaleb Denny reached base to lead off the inning and were sacrificed to scoring position by Ryan Chandler’s bunt. John Holland followed with a single that was misplayed by the rightfielder, scoring Smith and Denny and tying the score. That man again, Studdard, drove a double to center with what proved to be the winning run.
Studdard scored himself in the ninth as the Foresters added a pair of insurance runs thanks to Jeremy Montalbano’s team-leading seventh homer.
After King finished his string of zeroes, Cal Becker and Troy Cruz, who earned his fifth save, closed the door on the Brewers. The series resumes Thursday at 1 pm. Once again, the Foresters apologize for not being able to bring fans live coverage of the game due to the lack of Internet at the ballpark in Cypress. Check back here tonight for coverage of today’s game.—Jim Buckley