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Allen Tosses Eight Shutout Innings

James Allen might not have entered this season as one of the top Cincinnati pitching prospects, but the way he's pitched for Bakersfield after a rough first outing gives reason to believe he's ready to ascend up the list. He tossed eight two-hit, shutout innings in Tuesday's 1-0 Blaze win and now has one of the ten lowest ERA's in the California League.

In an atypical California League game Juan Silverio broke a scoreless tie in the ninth inning with a solo homer as Bakersfield won 1-0 at High Desert. James Allen got the start for the Blaze and turned a gem, limiting the Mavericks to two hits and two walks over eight shutout innings while striking out three. He pitched deep enough in the game to get the win and Jamie Walczak retired the side in...

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