By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Shane Dyer allowed two runs over 71/3 innings and the Bakersfield Blaze knocked off the Modesto Nuts 3-2 on Thursday night at John Thurman Field.
Dyer (1-0), a 25-year-old native of Greeley, Colo., struck out six, walked none and gave up six hits. The right-hander has thrown six or more innings in each of his three starts with Bakersfield this season, but earned no decisions in his first two.
Yorman Rodriguez, who singled to open the game, scored on an error by first baseman Harold Riggins for a 1-0 Blaze lead. Juan Silva, who also singled, then scored on a Kyle Waldrop force out to second.
Juan Perez hit a one-out triple in the third for Bakersfield and scored when Steve Selsky was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded for a 3-0 Blaze lead.
Dyer struck out Trevor Story to open the eighth and then allowed a single and double before being relieved by Jamie Walczak.
After striking out Tyler Massey for the second out, Walczak allowed a two-run single to Brian Humphries before retiring Taylor Featherston on a groundout to keep the Blaze in front, 3-2. Walczak recorded three strikeouts in the ninth inning for his fourth save of the season.
Silva, Perez and Waldrop each had two hits for Bakersfield, which had seven hits overall.
The victory ends a two-game losing streak for the Blaze (27-40), which resumes its four-game series at Modesto (31-36) tonight at 7. The series concludes Sunday, and is followed by the all-star break.
Foresters top Sound
SANTA BARBARA -- The Santa Barbara Foresters scored four in the second inning and six in the fourth en route to a 13-4 victory over the Bakersfield Sound in a Collegiate Summer League game.
Aaron Smith went 3-for-4 with three runs to lead Bakersfield. Matt Packer and Micah McCulloch also had two hits for Bakersfield.