BY RYAN RYLES Special to The Californian
The Bakersfield Blaze continued its winning ways Saturday night with a 4-1 defeat of the San Jose Giants at Sam Lynn Ballpark thanks to six scoreless innings from starter Kyle Lotzkar and and a two-run home run by fill-in catcher Tucker Barnhart.
After going down 1-2-3 in the first two innings, Bakersfield got its first run in the third after a single by Bryson Smith and a walk by Barnhart put a runner in scoring position for leadoff man Billy Hamilton. Hamilton singled home Smith.
Bakersfield tacked on two more runs in the fifth with the two-run homer by Barnhart.
The Giants closed the gap in the eighth inning after Lotzkar was replaced by Michael Griffin in the seventh. Griffin surrendered the run after a double by Giants leadoff hitter Ryan Lollis put runners on second and third.
An RBI groundout to Hamilton would lead to the score, but the Blaze bullpen would finish the job, giving them wins in the first three games of the four-game series with San Jose.
Lotzkar gave up two hits and three walks in six innings of work, with no runs allowed. Blaze relievers totaled three innings of work, giving up one hit and the lone run.
David Lohman would secure the win with a solo homer in the eightth inning.
Standout Billy Hamilton finished the night 0-for-3 with a walk, while Barnhart led the team with two RBIs and home run.
Bakersfield (9-7) will try to extend its six-game winning streak Sunday afternoon when it looks to sweep the series against the Giants at Sam Lynn Ballpark.