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Jul 20, 2013 1:14 AM by Andrew Masuda

Blues open homestand with come-from-behind 7-4 win

Behind a four-run eighth inning, the San Luis Obispo Blues opened a 7 game homestand with a 7-4 come-from-behind win over the Los Angeles Brewers on Friday night at Sinsheimer Stadium.

The Blues, who improved to 25-3 at home this summer, never led until the four-run explosion. They improved to 18-12 in California Collegiate League play and 34-14 overall. San Luis Obispo sits a half game in the North Division standings behind the first place Santa Barbara Foresters, whose game with Conejo was suspended due to darkness tied 5-5. It will be completed on Sunday.

The Brewers, who lead the CCL South Division, fell to 17-12 in league and 21-13 for the season.

The Brewers scored twice in the first against Blues starter Corey Ray. The Blues got one back as Cuesta product Zach Dominguez singled to left and advanced all the way to third as the ball skipped by the left fielder. Nebraska outfielder Michael Pritchard singled up the middle to score Dominguez and pull the Blues to within one at 2-1. Pritchard delivered again in the third with a double down the left-field line to score Aaron Attaway, who had doubled, to tie it 2-2.

The Brewers regained a 3-2 lead, but West Tunnell singled and Taylor Anderson scored on an error by the pitcher to pull the Blues even at 3-3 in the sixth. Again, LA scored to regain the lead 3-2 headed into the bottom of the eighth.

Cody Jones started the rally with a single and moved to second on an error from the catcher. Andrew Lee delivered a single to score Jones and tie it 4-4. Lee later stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by the LA catcher. After Bryan Case was hit by a pitch, pinch hitter Derek Miller singled home Lee to give the Blues their first lead of the game 5-4. The Blues extended their lead thanks to Attaway, who delivered a 2-run single to cap the comeback.

Attaway, Pritchard and Jones had 2 hits apiece for the Blues, who finished with 12 overall.

Ray labored for 5 innings for SLO. He allowed 6 hits, 2 runs and 5 walks to go with 1 strikeout. Kyle Johnson threw 3 innings of relief and allowed 3 hits, 1 run and fanned one. Drake Owenby struck out the side in the ninth to earn the save.

The two teams continue their series on Saturday with a 2 pm start. Sunday's series finale is set for 1 pm.

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