Polanco Dominates As Pacifics Win 12-2
San Rafael’s Magic Number Down to Four
By: Alicia Meyer
August 21st, 2015
San Rafael, CA-
In the midst of a pennant race, San Rafael was looking to secure their eighth consecutive series win and continue to gain ground over Pittsburg in the second half standings.
Behind a strong start from Celson Polanco, the Pacifics succeeded, powering over the Diamonds with a 12-2 victory bringing their magic number for the second half standings down to four.
"Celson Polanco did a great job out there tonight, he continues to improve with every start," said Pacifics manager Matt Kavanaugh. "Offensively we had great approaches at the plate and because of that we made solid contact all night."
San Rafael got their offense started by scoring a run in each of the first two innings. Zack Pace led off with a single and came around to score on an error from Pittsburg’s Rich Mejia. Pace singled again in the second scoring Bekakis to put San Rafael up 2-0.
The Pacifics continued to surge, using a four run fifth to extend the lead. Jake Taylor led off by blasting the ball to center, but controversially, it was ruled a triple instead of a home run when it glanced off the wall in center, but above the yellow home run line. After Jeremy Williams struck out swinging, Ricky Gingras was walked and an RBI single from Johnny Bekakis scored Taylor. David Kiriakos singled to score Gingras and keep the bases loaded for San Rafael. Johnny Bekakis scored on a wild pitch and Zack Pace drove home Jordan Brower with a sac fly to cap the lead at 8-0.
Polanco went eight and a third innings, allowing just two runs on nine hits while walking four and striking out nine. Polanco surrendered his only two runs in the top of the ninth on a Mike Taylor double and Scott David scoring on a wild pitch.
Gingras blasted a 3-run homer to right in the sixth, causing Pittsburg to pull Manzueta and send in Dominick Palumbo in relief. Taylor tacked on another homer in the bottom of the eighth with a solo shot deep left, bringing San Rafael to a 12-0 lead over Pittsburg.
With the Sonoma Stompers’ loss to Vallejo, the Pacifics now hold a five game lead over both the Diamonds and Stompers with eight games remaining. Setting up a final week and a half with plenty of potential for drama.
The Pacifics will play the second game of the three game set tomorrow night against the Diamonds. Come out to the Pacifics Casino Night and the first 400 fans through the gates will receive a Graton Casino bag and fans 21 and older can spin the Graton Wheel of Fortune for a chance to win a t-shirt, $10 free slot play, or $25 dining credit. First pitch is at 5:05 pm. For tickets and more information, please visit pacificsbaseball.com.