BAKERSFIELD, CA (MILB.com) - It wasn't a no-hitter, but it was almost as impressive; after nearly completing the rare feat his last time around, Dan Wright dazzled for 7.0 innings in Visalia on Sunday night, holding the hot-hitting Visalia Rawhide to just a run, and the Bakersfield Blaze rallied for a 7-2 win, earning the series split going into a day off.
The pitching was tremendous on both sides, and the ballgame came down to the simple question of who would blink first. It was the 'Hide.
Blayne Weller (L, 2-2) got the start for Visalia, and though the hard-throwing righty struggled with control early - the Blaze got him for a run in the 1st on two walks and a Juan Perez RBI single to score Beau Amaral - Weller settled down to put up five straight zeroes thereafter.
Meanwhile, Dan Wright (W, 8-4) posted the opposite line, firing goose-eggs for the first five innings before Brandon Jacobs took Dan deep for a solo, game-tying homer in the 6th, and the game went into the last third tied at one run apiece.