Cal Poly signee Nick Grim struck out seven of the 11 batters he faced Monday night, earning the save as the San Luis Obispo Blues beat the MLB Urban Academy Barons 7-2 in a summer collegiate game in Compton.
Jason Freeman earned the win, striking out seven with just one walk in six innings of two-run ball for the Blues (16-5, 13-5 California Collegiate League).
“Both of their efforts tonight were the best of the summer so far,” Blues manager Chal Fanning said. “They never allowed any offensive momentum and really kept the game in check.”
Grim, a Monterey Peninsula College transfer, was recently drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 14th round.
A solo home run by Jo Jo Sharrar in the top of the fourth inning put the Blues up 2-0 before the floodgates opened in the fifth, when a three-run shot by Chad Christensen pushed the lead to 6-0.
“That was a big blow,” Fanning said of Sharrar’s blast. “That really was a momentum-shifter in our favor.”
It was the 300th career win for Fanning.