Sometimes the hits just don’t fall at the right time. On Sunday in San Luis Obispo, the Foresters outhit the Blues 11 to 5, played spectacular defense, and pitched effectively the whole game. The only negative: The Blues took advantage of one Foresters mistake and won 3-2. That’s baseball.
Aiming for a rotation spot in Wichita, Kyle Robinson had another solid start, allowing only two earned runs in five innings. Seven of nine Foresters had hits, led by Hunter Ensley’s three, but they couldn’t come at the right moments.
Ensley got the action going in the second inning with a liner off a breaking ball below the knees. Sebastian Orduno dropped a fly ball in front of the right fielder to move Ensley to third for Will Pendergrass, who ripped a single through the hole between third and short. Ensley easily scored to put the ’Sters up 1-0.
The game stayed quiet until the third inning when Orduno misplayed a ball hit to right field by Collin Villegas. With with two outs and runners on the corner, two runs came around and Villegas reached third. Another single scored Villegas to give the Blues took a 3-1 lead.
The Foresters had a shot to right the ship in the eighth. Orduno tried to make up for the error with an RBI single to make it 3-2. Then with two men in scoring position and two outs, Gianni Horvath’s attempt at a surprise bunt single ended the inning instead.
The loss ends a seven-game win streak for Santa Barbara. They’ll try to start another on Monday with a 6:00pm start against the OC Riptide on the road. Tune in to AM 1290 for all the action.