BAKERSFIELD LOOKS FOR SWEEP OF NUTS
Modesto Nuts starter Matt Flemer (3-2) allowed six earned runs in five innings, and the Nuts lost, 6-4, to Bakersfield in California League action Saturday night at Thurman Field. An announced attendance of 3,923 watched the Nuts shrink a five-run deficit to 6-4 with three runs in the fifth, which featured RBI doubles by David Kandilas and Will Swanner. The Blaze bullpen blanked Modesto the rest of the way. Modesto, 3-3 on the current homestand, will finish it with a 1:05 game today against Bakersfield.
A’S WHIFF IN BOSTON, GIANTS DRILL ATLANTA
Saturday did not start well for Bay Area baseball fans as the Oakland A’s lost in Boston, 6-3. Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester struck out 15 A’s batters, giving up just one hit in eight innings. The Giants managed as many hits as their rivals across the bay – four – but three of them were solo home runs as San Francisco defeated Atlanta, 3-1. Brandon Belt, Buster Posey and Michael Morse supported a solid start from Ryan Vogelsong. Page C4
TOSSED TOILET KILLS SOCCER FAN IN BRAZIL
A Brazilian soccer fan was killed when he was struck in the head by a toilet bowl hurled from stadium stands as supporters of rival clubs clashed in the northeastern World Cup host city of Recife, police said Saturday. A police officer in Recife said the death occurred on Friday at Arruda Stadium after a second-division match between Santa Cruz and visiting Parana. The officer said fans ripped three toilet bowls out of stadium restrooms and threw them from the stands. He said one hit and instantly killed a fan he identified as Paulo Ricardo Gomes da Silva. The incident comes six weeks before Brazil hosts the World Cup.
MAYHEW WINS WEST RACE AT STOCKTON 99
David Mayhew won his fifth career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race Saturday, beating Greg Pursley to the checkered flag at Stockton 99 Speedway. Mayhew also won the pole position at the quarter-mile track. It was his ninth, and first since 2012.