Magic Number Down to 1 as Pacifics Roll
Bullpen and Defense Stellar to Secure the Win
By: Alicia Meyer
August 23rd, 2015
San Rafael, CA-
After a rough loss just the night before, San Rafael went into today’s contest against the Diamonds with a chip on their shoulder and was looking for their ninth consecutive series win. Lockdown closer Guadalupe Barrera was on in the ninth with a one run lead and hoped to secure the victory.
After surrendering two singles to Scott David and Rich Mejia, Barrera had the tying run in scoring position with Andrew Rubalcava to the plate. Rubalcava smashed a grounder to the right side and, as his momentum carried him to the ground, David Kiriakos snared it and rose to his feet before throwing out Rubalcava to secure the 6-5 win, giving Barrera credit for his sixth save.
“That was a heck of an ending to the game, but it highlights what has made us successful lately,” said Pacifics Manager Matt Kavanaugh. “We bunched our hits, our bullpen came on in tough spots and got the big outs, DeBarr got us deep into the game, and the defense was excellent.”
The Pacifics used a strong start from Nick DeBarr, backed up by a powerful offensive performance to lead them to a 6-5 win. After being tied through two and a half, Jake Taylor blasted a solo homer to right through the inward-blowing wind to take a 3-2 lead. Taylor’s home run is his ninth on the season, tying him with Ricky Gingras and Jeremy Williams for the team lead.
San Rafael held the lead going into the sixth and a three run inning built the lead as three singles from Williams, Gingras, and Bekakis loaded the bases and put Jordan Brower up to bat. An RBI single from Brower brought in Williams. A fielder’s choice put Kiriakos on first and scored Gingras, while Brower was putout at second. Bekakis scored on a sacrifice fly from Zack Pace, though Kiriakos was thrown out trying to advance to second to end the inning.
Pittsburg got three runs back in the top of the eighth as three singles loaded the bases and DeBarr surrendered a bases loaded walk to Joe Lewis, scoring Mike Taylor. DeBarr hit Brandon Williams to bring home Rich Mejia and cut the Pacifics lead to 6-4. Chris Lovejoy entered in relief with a bases loaded jam with no outs and induced a 1-4-6-3 double play from Nick Oddo. A run scored on the play, making it a 6-5 lead. Barrera was called upon for the four out save and retired Jordan Hinshaw to take it into the ninth.
The Pacifics have a scheduled day off tomorrow and will return to action Tuesday in Vallejo for a three game set. With the series win, their eighth consecutive, the Pacifics’ magic number is down to one to clinch the second half because San Rafael holds tiebreakers with both the Stompers and the Diamonds. The Pacifics will return home next weekend to kick off the final series of the regular season against the Sonoma Stompers. Friday night will be the final Concert in the Cove of the season featuring The Right Time and sponsored by Pete's 881 Club. For tickets and more information please visit pacificsbaseball.com.