SAN JOSE — Two California League teams continued to move in opposite directions Wednesday night when the San Jose Bees defeated the Ventura County Gulls, 5-2.
The victory was the sixth straight for the Bees, who are moving forward almost as quickly as the Gulls are stumbling in reverse. Wednesday's defeat was the ninth straight for the Gulls, who bear faint resemblance to the team that placed second in the Southern Division in the first half of the season.
Ventura started fast against the Bees, striking first with a single run in the third inning. Darryl Landrum singled and stole second, but after Omar Malave walked, Landrum was picked off second by San Jose starting pitcher Tim Hamm.
Kevin Batiste then singled Malave to second, and Santiago Garcia followed with a double that scored Malave. But Hamm helped himself again, picking off Garcia at second before inducing Eric Yelding to ground-out to end the inning.