After the Blue and Gold teams combined for just six hits and one run in the first game of the Blue-Gold World Series, game two's 15 hit, nine run output seemed like an explosion. A tightly contested game turned in the sixth inning of the seven inning contest with a little small ball and a big hit as the Blues were victorious over the White team (who wore Gold Monday), 6-3.
The Blues were first to strike, picking up a pair in the bottom of the first. A pair of walks to lead off the inning, issued by Scott Griggs put Beau Amaral and Tyler Rahmatulla on to behind the inning. Following a pair of pop ups, Cody Keefer singled through the left side to plate Amaral and put the Blues up, 1-0. Griggs then threw two balls to Matt Mosher and was pulled in the middle of the at-bat, having reached his pitch limit. This brought Chase Brewer, younger brother of former UCLA pitcher Charles, into the game and he balked in another run, giving the Blues ahead 2-0 after one.
Blue starter Garett Claypool who threw a perfect first inning, went the distance with one-out in the second to Justin Uribe, when Uribe hit a fly ball to right that just cleared the fence, cutting the Blue lead to 2-1. Ryan Deeter relieved Claypool after the home run and got the next two outs of the inning.
The bottom of the second saw a one-out double by Cody Regis, but he never made it to third. In the top of the third, Aaron Weimer hit a double to begin the inning, but he too never made it to third.
The bottom of the third saw the Blues put another run across as Amaral walked to begin the inning and scored two batters later on an error by the third baseman, Dean Espy.
The White team answered with a two-out rally in the fourth inning. After a strikeout and groundout got the inning off to an ominous start, Espy singled and Uribe doubled off of Deeter to score Espy and make the score 3-2. Dennis Holt followed that up with a single of his own off of Deeter, scoring Uribe and evening the game at threes.
Brandon Lodge came on for the Blue team to throw 1.2 scoreless innings and Allen Aguilar got an out to give the Blue bats a chance in the bottom of the sixth against White pitcher Derek Klena, who had thrown 2.2 scoreless innings to that point.
Marc Navarro reached on an error by shortstop Niko Gallego and Brett Krill singled to lead off the bottom half of the sixth. After a fly out, Mosher singled as well. With the bases loaded and only one man down, Steve Rodriguez executed a perfect squeeze bunt, scoring Navarro from third and moving the runners to second and third as well. Regis then belted one the other way, dropping it onto the warning track in left field to score two more on a double that made it a 6-3 ball game.
Mitchell Beacom, who picked up the save in game one, entered for the Blues in the top of the sixth, looking for his second save of the fall. After a strikeout to open the inning, Trevor Brown singled to give the White team some life, but the next two batters were retired with ease and the Blues picked up their second win in as many games of the Blue-Gold World Series. Aguilar was the winning pitcher and Beacom got the save, while Rodriguez's squeeze bunt produced the game-winning RBI. Klena picked up the loss for the White team, while the freshman Regis was the best on either side, going 3-3 with two doubles and two RBI for the Blues.
The third and final game of the Blue- Gold World Series will take place at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Friday. First pitch is at 3:30 pm PST and I will be there to recap it and provide instant information and analysis on my UCLA baseball twitter.