FRESNO — Although the team used four pitchers, the Ventura County Gulls managed to hang on for a 5-3 California League win over the Fresno Giants on Saturday night.
Enrique Burgos, who combined on a no-hitter with Tom Wasilewski in his last start earlier this week, lasted less than four innings Saturday when a blister on his pitching hand forced him from the game with the Gulls holding a 5-2 lead. Reliever Dave Walsh (4-3) allowed an unearned run in 2 innings to gain the victory with the help of Wasilewski and William Shanks.
Shanks worked the final two innings to record his 18th save of the season.
Fresno starter Dennis Cook (12-7) took the loss despite striking out 12 batters in 7 innings. He allowed all five runs on seven hits and three walks.
The Gulls scored twice in the first on Santiago Garcia's seventh home run of the season. His drive cleared the left-field wall after a single by Mike Jones.