RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA (MILB.com) - For the second straight start, Daniel Wright was dominant, following up his eight innings of one-run ball five days ago with seven shutout tonight, and the Bakersfield Blaze held off the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in the finale of a four-game road set, 3-1, on Monday night.
The Blaze got on the board early with a run in the 1st. Juan Silva tripled off the centerfield wall, then later scored on a Zach Vincej base hit, putting Daniel Wright (W, 2-0) out in front of Dodgers former first round pick Chris Anderson (L, 3-5).
For the second day in a row, however, the Blaze missed a number of chances. On this night, Wright made sure that one here and one there would be enough.
Daniel set down the Quakes in order in the 1st, then again in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th, and suddenly, the fans began to take notice.
In the 6th inning, with the Blaze on top 2-0 thanks to Marquez Smith singling home Kyle Waldrop (who finished a perfect 4-for-4 to raise his league-leading average to .361), Wright finally allowed a baserunner. Tyler Ogle singled to right field to break up the perfect game after 16 straight outs to begin the night.
Wright did a fine job of bouncing back, retiring the next five straight to finish his evening after seven innings of one-hit baseball.