Pacifics Rally Comes Up Short Against Diamonds
Ninth Inning Rally Not Enough to Give Pacifics Comeback Win
By: Alicia Meyer
August 22nd, 2015
San Rafael, CA-
For the first time this series, the Pacifics got down early and had to put themselves in position to fight back and take the lead. With the second half standings on the line, San Rafael was unable to complete the comeback falling 10-6 to the Diamonds.
After Pittsburg tied the game at 1-1 on a Scott David RBI single, the Pacifics and the Diamonds went quietly in the fourth and fifth innings.
Then Pittsburg changed the game in the sixth, plating five. Bunda gave up three singles and, after striking out Brandon Williams, issued a bases loaded walk to Nick Oddo scoring Mike Taylor. Nick Hudson came in to relieve Bunda and surrendered an opposite field grand slam to the first batter he saw, Pittsburg’s Joe Lewis. The Diamonds tacked on another in the seventh to bring them to a 7-1 lead.
San Rafael’s seventh inning rally gave them three runs back, but it wasn’t enough to give the Pacifics the lead. Back to back singles from Daniel Gonzalez and Maikel Jova loaded the bases with the tying run, Jake Taylor, up to bat. Pace scored on a passed ball from Oddo, cutting Pittsburg’s lead to 7-4. Back to back RBI singles scored Gonzalez and Jova to bring San Rafael to just a one run deficit. San Rafael’s rally was cut short as an 8-6 double play ended the inning.
Pittsburg plated three more runs in the eighth to bring their lead to 10-6. The Diamonds’ victory ties the series with the rubber match set for tomorrow afternoon.
After pitching five and one third innings and allowing five runs on seven hits and striking out six, Bunda was relieved by Hudson. Hudson went one inning, surrendering the grand slam to Lewis. Chris Lovejoy entered from the bullpen to pitch one and a third and allowed three runs scored while striking out two. In the ninth, Cory Bostjancic loaded the bases on two singles and a walk, but struck out the next three men he faced to end the inning without allowing a run.
The Pacifics will return to Albert Park tomorrow night to play the deciding game in the three game set against the Diamonds. With the loss, San Rafael’s magic number remains at 4. Tomorrow will be the Ciatti Wine and Food Festival at Albert Park. Come indulge in the best food and wine that the Bay Area has to offer, presented by Ciatti. Ciatti Wine and Food Festival will include a great variety of food and wine choices. First pitch is at 1:05 pm and for tickets and more information please visit pacificsbaseball.com.