Summertime Blues


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The San Luis Obispo Blues have dropped four straight games after starting the season 6-2. The Blues began league play over the weekend and hosted the Healdsburg Prune Packers for a two-game series and played a single game against the Arroyo Seco Saints.

If you haven't made a trip to see the Blues play at Sinsheimer Stadium yet this summer, don't worry because you will have plenty of chances. Starting on Tuesday, the Blues will play 17 games in 18 days, and every single one of them will be at Sinsheimer Stadium. The only night the players will have off between June 19 and July 8 will be the fourth of July.

During this prolonged homestand, the Blues will have two nights capped by a firework shows and one with a postgame concert. On Friday, June 22 the Blues will host the Humboldt Crabs and have fireworks immediately following the game, and again on July 3 as an early Fourth of July celebration. The following Saturday, July 7, there will be a concert in Sinsheimer Stadium after the game.

The Blues biggest problem over the weekend was giving up runs early. In Friday night’s game the Prune Packers led 3-1 after two innings, eventually winning 9-2, and on Saturday they led 5-0 after two innings. The Blues almost came back in Saturday’s game even though they trailed big early. They picked up four runs in the fourth inning to bring the score to 5-4 before giving up two more runs in the sixth. Entering the eighth inning the Prune Packers led  7-4, but thanks to two errors in the field and a base-loaded walk, the Blues tied to game at 7 going into the final frame but lost 8-7.

On Sunday, the Blues again trailed early, giving up four runs in the first two innings and playing perhaps their worst half-inning of baseball all summer. In the bottom of the fourth, the Blues registered three errors in the infield (two charged to Templeton Junior Justice Gibbons at second base) and issued three walks, the Saints scored four runs on only one hit to push the score to 9-2, the Blues eventually lost 14-6.

Atascadero alum Tanner Thompson continues to contribute for the Blues in both the field and behind the plate. Thompson recorded a diving catch in left field in the first inning of Sunday’s game that robbed the Saints of a few runs and recorded an RBI sac fly in Saturday’s game. Blues roster will continue to change as colleges finish up for the spring and release their baseball players to summer league teams.

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