Pacifica, California – The Gems faced off against the San Francisco Seagulls in the first game of the series down in San Francisco. Matthew Daugherty was the starting pitcher for the Gems, and RJ Hanson started on the mound for the Seagulls in this evenings action. The Seagulls got an early lead, but the Gems battled back and tied the game in the sixth inning. The Seagulls offense was able to add a couple runs late in the game, to secure a 7-4 win.
In the first inning, the Seagulls got the bases loaded with no outs, as all three runners reached by a walk or hit by pitch. Daugherty found a way to pitch out of it, as he limited the Seagulls damage to just one run.
The Seagulls added another run in the fourth inning, when Nick McGrew and Jared Bannister single to put runners on first and third. McGrew eventually came across to score on a wild pitch, to give the Seagulls a 2-0 lead.
In the fifth inning, Juan Reina hit a line drive down the left field line, as Marzel Brown dove to make the catch, but the ball got by him and rolled to the wall. Reina was able to make his way all around the bases as he scored on an inside the park homerun.
The Gems finally got on the board in the sixth inning, as Myles Harris, Tim Frith, and Nick Ono all singled to open the inning. Harris then scored on a wild pitch, and Brian Morley singled to drive in Frith and Ono, tying the game at 3.
The Seagulls got the lead right back in the bottom of the sixth, when their first two hitters singled and doubles to put two runners in scoring position. Daugherty was able to get two outs, but a throwing error by the Gems allowed two runs to score, giving the Seagulls a 5-3 lead.
The Gems added another run in the seventh, when Brett Bloomfield hit a ground ball RBI to score Justin Alphonse, making the lead 5-4.
The Seagulls responded once again, as they scored two more runs in the seventh, when Paul Marray hit a 2 RBI triple. The Seagulls were able to hold on to the victory tonight, as RJ Hanson picked up the win, going 8 innings, allowing 4 runs, and striking out 9 Gems hitters.