|By s Kirk Barron, Appeal-Democrat, Marysville, Calif.|
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With the win, the Gold Sox swept the two-game series with
Making his first start since
"(Pope) struggled a little bit in that first inning, but I told the pitching staff, 'All you've got to do is minimize the damage and get us back in the dugout and let our guys take care of business,'" Gold Sox manager
Good things started happening immediately after Pope got back into the dugout.
Pope sent the
Two more perfect innings by Pope, who retired 11 straight at one point, allowed the Gold Sox to take the lead in the fourth inning.
Farthing and Mejia hit back-to-back doubles to tie it before Lozier sent a go-ahead RBI single to right field. Blaser hit his second RBI groundout to make it 6-4.
"These guys, the way they prepare for baseball games this summer has been outstanding," Johnson said. "So they don't worry about the scoreboard, they just worry about their at-bats and they worry about what they're responsible for -- and they play hard."
He left with a 6-5 lead, and the Gold Sox kept adding insurance runs. Frantz added one run in the sixth on a RBI single after
"I haven't hit this well in a long time, I don't know what it is, but I try not to stat-peek too much," Frantz said. He attributed his success to confidence and a lot of that comes from his teammates.
"This team is unreal. It's unbelievable the team's chemistry and how everybody meshes," he said. "It's so much fun. It's the most fun I've ever had playing baseball."
The Gold Sox added three more in the sixth as
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