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Blues lose second straight game to Rattlers, await Foresters result

The San Luis Obispo Blues lost to the San Luis Obispo Rattlers 4-2 on Saturday, July 30. Read more » | Photo submitted by Rick Evans
The San Luis Obispo Blues lost to the San Luis Obispo Rattlers 4-2 on Saturday, July 30. Read more » | Photo submitted by Rick Evans

The San Luis Obispo Blues dropped their second consecutive game to the San Luis Obispo Rattlers on Saturday night, falling 4-2 at SLO Stadium in a summer collegiate baseball game.

The Blues (33-15), however, didn’t lose any ground in the race for the California Collegiate League title because the game was a nonleague matchup.

The Santa Barbara Foresters’ game against Team Vegas was delayed for close to an hour due to transportation problems, and with the game tied 4-4, was called because of darkness. The Foresters, tied with the Blues for first place in the CCL standings, will continue their game today at 1 p.m. San Luis Obispo needs Santa Barbara to lose at least one of the games to share the league title, and two for an outright crown. If the Blues were to claim the championship, it would break a streak of eight straight by the Foresters and clinch a spot in the National Baseball Congress World Series.

The Blues will play the Rattlers in their final regular-season game of the season, as well, at 1 p.m. today.On Saturday, the Rattlers (23-19-2) used the stout pitching combo of Kirk Fridrich and Andrew Bruder to push past the Blues.

Fridrich pitched seven innings and gave up two earned runs on seven hits, while Bruder came on to shut out the Blues in two innings of relief.

In the eighth, Blues starter Tom Barry hit his first major jam of the game. He gave up an RBI triple to Zack Pecyna, who came home during the next at-bat after a Brian Gregory sacrifice fly that chased Barry.

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