Monger Walk-Off Earns Pacifics First Extra-Inning Win
San Rafael, CA -- Down 5-4 going into the bottom of the tenth Tuesday night against the Sonoma Stompers, the Pacifics were painfully aware of their 0-9 record in extra-inning games this season.
Cameron Monger delivered some much needed relief from those extra-inning blues with a game-winning walk-off two-run single, handing the Pacifics’ a win in against Sonoma in game one of the series 6-5.
“We responded well when the chips were down,” said manager Matt Kavanaugh after the game. “We’ve had bad luck in extra innings, so to come back and finally get a win is a huge boost to our confidence.”
Monger drove in five of the Pacifics’ six runs Tuesday night, hammering a three-run homer in addition to his game-winning single in the tenth. Jake Taylor went 3 for 5 at the plate, and Juan Herrera and Michael Rizzitello added two hits apiece.
Sonoma scored off Pacifics starter Angel Mejia in the first off a walk and two singles from Daniel Baptista and Brennan Metzger, respectively.
Mejia settled down and was effective, keeping Sonoma off the board until the fifth when they scored three runs on three singles, a walk and a throwing error.
But the Pacifics broke up TyRelle Harris’ shutout with four runs of their own.
After Michael Rizzitello tripled deep off the wall in center field, Jake Taylor put the Pacifics on the board 4-1 with his 60th RBI this season. Ricky Gingras’ singled to center and Phildrick Llewellyn’s sac-bunt up the first-base line put runners at first and third for Monger, who tied the game 4-4 on a deep homerun to left field off a Harris hanging curve.
Tied 4-4 after six, the Pacifics’ bullpen kept the team in the game.
“McReynolds and Holback were lights-out for us out of the pen,” said Kavanaugh crediting his pitching staff, who combined for one run through 5.2 innings of work.
Holback sent the game to extras after holding Sonoma scoreless in the ninth.
In the tenth, with the league tie-breaker rules in effect, Holback allowed just one unearned run after a throwing error by third baseman Zach Goldstein.
Down 5-4 in the bottom of the tenth with runners on first and second due to the Tiebreaker Rule, Gingras’ sac bunt off Jacob Cox moved runners to second and third. After Llewellyn walked to load the bases, Monger delivered with a two-run walk-off singleto left-field for a 6-5 Pacifics win.
The Pacifics will host game 2 of the series against the Stompers tonight at 7:05 PM.
Its “13 Reasons Why” Night at Albert Park. Cast members of the Netflix original series, including Ross Butler, Justin Prentice and Devin Druid will be in attendance to meet with fans. The San Francisco (SF) Suicide Prevention Crisis, the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psyhciatry (AACAP), and Marin County Office of Education (MCOE) will also provide literature discussing the show’s pressing issues, including teen suicide, bullying, depression and sexual harassment.
For tickets, visit pacificsbaseball.com.