Solano Silences San Rafael
Pittsburg, CA – Entering his Sunday start, Diamonds starter Brett Solano had not gone more than 4.2 innings in an appearance. Sunday in Pittsburg, Solano dealt, allowing just one run over a career high eight innings, holding the Pacifics to five hits. The Diamonds got three runs in the second inning, proving to be more than enough as Pittsburg downed San Rafael 4-1 to win the series. San Rafael finishes the season with a 2-10 record at Winter Chevrolet Stadium.
“All year we struggled to get ahead at this ballpark,” said Pacifics manager Matt Kavanaugh. “When you look back at how we played at this place all year, there are so many games that we could have won. We just fell behind early too often.”
The Diamonds, who loaded up the bases in the first and failed to score, got to Pacifics starter Nick DeBarr in the second. Alex McKeon started the inning with a home run on a hanging breaking ball, giving Pittsburg the lead. DeBarr then walked J.J. Wagner and Jose Garcia, setting up a sacrifice from Ordomar Valdez that moved both into scoring position. B.J. Guinn then delivered with a single into center field that scored both runners, extending the lead to 3-1.
DeBarr locked in from there, but the Pacifics had issues solving Brett Solano, recording just one base runner against him through the first three innings. Solano got the first two he faced in the fourth before issuing a two out walk to Jake Taylor. A passed ball with Ricky Gingras up moved Taylor to third, and Cameron Monger hit a broken bat single to left, scoring Taylor and moving Gingras to second.
The score remained 3-1 Diamonds through the middle innings, as both offenses struggled to string together multi hit rallies. With two outs in the seventh, Wes Wallace launched a solo shot to left, his 15th of the year, extending the Pittsburg lead to 4-1.
After the fourth inning, Solano did not allow multiple base runners in an inning, getting through the eighth. Sam Agnew-Wieland entered for the ninth, and after allowing a leadoff single to Taylor in the ninth, retired the next three in order to end the game.
The Pacifics will play their final nine games at home, starting Tuesday night against Sonoma. First pitch at 7:05 P.M, and the first 250 kids will receive fidget spinners presented by Marin General Hospital. The first 250 adults will also receive tote bags thanks to Marin General Hospital. Kids ages 12 & under get in free presented by Bertolli’s Autobody. Visit the ticketing page on pacificsbaseball.com for tickets.