Pacifics Gunned Down In Pittsburg
Pittsburg, CA – Following two nights of big offensive performances, the Pacifics were locked in a pitchers duel early on with Pittsburg. After scoring the first run of the game, San Rafael allowed the Diamonds to take the lead, and they never looked back. Diamonds starter Michael Gunn fired seven innings of one run baseball as Pittsburg downed San Rafael 3-1 to even the series. The Pacifics were held to just five hits in the game.
“We had a few opportunities tonight that we didn’t take advantage of, but in a game like this you can’t dwell too much on one situation” said Pacifics manager Matt Kavanaugh. “Both pitching staffs were great. They just came up with a few more clutch hits than we did.”
San Rafael struck first in the third, as after Gunn had retired the first seven hitters of the game, he allowed a one out single to Mark Lindsay. Gunn balked with Kyle Ulanday up, and after Ulanday popped out to first, Juan Herrera lined a first pitch breaking ball into left field for a hit, scoring Lindsay to give San Rafael the lead.
Pacifics starter Brandon Erickson held the Diamonds scoreless through the first three, benefiting from an inning ending plate at the plate in the first. Erickson retired the side in order in the second and third, and got the first two he faced in the fourth before running into trouble. He walked Yeicock Calderon, and then fell behind Vinny Guglietti, who then doubled off the left center field wall, scoring Calderon to tie the game. The next batter, Gerald Bautista, ripped a ball down the third base line for a double, scoring Guglietti to give Pittsburg the 2-1 lead.
San Rafael got two on in the fourth with two out, but failed to score as Gunn got a ground out from Miles Williams to end the inning. Pittsburg added a key piece of insurance in the sixth, as Guglietti homered to right, extending the lead to 3-1 and ending the day for Erickson. Guglietti now has 10 home runs and leads the league with 62 RBI.
Gunn retired the side in order in the fifth and sixth, but San Rafael got him on the ropes in the seventh, as with one out Cameron Monger reached on an error, Williams singled, and Lindsay walked to load the bases and put the tying run at second. Ulanday popped out to second, and Herrera struck out to end the inning.
With the score still 3-1 in the ninth. Phildrick Llewellyn singled to right against Diamonds closer Jordan Brink leading off the ninth, but was thrown out at second trying to stretch the hit into a double. Brink got the next two to end the game and record the save.
The Pacifics and Diamonds play the rubber game of the series on Sunday at 1 P.M. San Rafael sends Nick DeBarr to the hill, while Pittsburg counters with Corey MacDonald.