SAN LUIS OBISPO — The San Luis Obispo Blues are scheduled to shoot off fireworks after tonight’s game, but dazzled the fans of Tuesday’s game with an aerial show of their own.
Already up 5-0 on the Ventura Halo’s in bottom of the fourth inning, Andrew Ramos and Myles Emmerson hit back-to-back homeruns on consecutive pitches.
Price Visintainer lead off the fourth inning with a double before Ramos stepped into the box. After seeing a couple pitches, Ramos turned on one and hit a towering, no doubt home run over the left field wall. The echo of the wooden bat was immediately drowned out by the awe’s of the crowd that rose to it’s feet in celebration.
The excited fans had barely began settling into their seats, most not even paying attention yet, when they were greeted with a familiar crack of the bat that they had heard just seconds earlier. The entire stadium could be heard holding in their breath as they quickly turned their gaze to the sky in anticipation.
The ball carried toward the left field fence, this time at a lower trajectory, and just cleared the left field wall only a few feet left of where the previous ball exited the yard. The crowd erupted in disbelief and the line for Blue’s score pricing tripled in length. When the Blues score, beer and wine prices drop until the end of the inning, on Tuesday. Beer and wine cost only $2 and $3 dollars throughout the first six innings as the Blues scored in every inning except for one.
Ramos finished the game three for six with only a triple shy of the cycle and three RBIs. Emmerson left the game in the fifth inning after going three for four with two RBIs. The entire Blues offense was hot, former Templeton Eagle Andy Garrettson also finished the day with three RBIs after legging out a two-run triple in the bottom of the sixth. Six different Blues players recorded at least one RBI in the 13-0 victory.
Hot bats weren’t the only thing bothering the starting pitcher for the Halo’s as the Blue’s dugout was especially lively in their good natured ribbing. The Blues players smelled blood in the water after the pitcher was called for a balk early in the third inning and were full engaged after Marco Murillo dodged two wild pitches before eventually being hit. The Halo’s catcher and pitching coach each took a turn visiting the mound in the next couple minutes in an attempt to calm down their visibly flustered pitcher but to no avail as the Blues again added to their lead.
Justin Goossen-Brown, a right-handed pitcher from San Diego State, pitched seven, silent, shutout innings for the Blues, issuing five bottles of hot sauce to fans in the process. Goossen-Brown pounded the strike zone all evening, consistently putting the Halo hitters behind in the count. He only need 72 pitches to complete his day and threw 50 of them for strikes.
The Blues are currently (22-18) and have won three of their last five games. According to the California Collegiate League website, the Blues sit in third place in the central division. After tonight’s game the Blues will only have two remaining home games, next Tuesday and Wednesday before finishing the season on the road. Tonight’s game is the Blues second firework game of the season, and is consistently one of the more fun events of the summer in San Luis Obispo County. Tickets do sell out, make sure to get yours as soon as possible.