July was, by Bakersfield’s standards, fairly mild: Temperatures broke the century mark just eight days during the past month, compared with 20 such July days a year ago. But while city residents might have received a little break from the heat, Bakersfield Blaze outfielder Tyler O’Neill offered no respite to opposing pitchers — in the California League or otherwise.
Most of his teammates are having a rather forgettable year at the plate. O’Neill, a third-round pick of the Blaze’s parent club, the Seattle Mariners, in 2013, has been on fire. The Canadian,