Sonoma Stomps Pacifics With Seven-Run Eighth
San Rafael, CA - After winning Tuesday against Sonoma on Cameron Monger’s tenth-inning walk-off hit, the Pacifics took a 5-3 lead on a four-run rally in the seventh Wednesday. But San Rafael collapsed disastrous eighth, as two infield errors led to a Stompers onslaught of runs, as a seven run inning vaulted them to a 10-5 win.
“We fell apart in the eighth,” a distraught manager Matt Kavanaugh commented after the game. “We couldn’t convert on a shutdown inning opportunity and that was the difference.”
Sonoma struck in the first against Jared Koenig, as with two on and two out Brennan Metzger doubled to the gap in right center, scoring both runner to give the Stompers the early two run edge.
With Michael Rizzitello aboard on Scott David’s two-base fielding error in the fourth, Ricky Gingras singled to left field to cut Sonoma’s lead to 2-1. However, Gingras was thrown out at second trying to stretch the single into a double, quelling the rally.
Koenig’s night ended in the sixth, as the Stompers upped their lead to 3-1 on a Derrick Fox’s RBI single.
San Rafael would charge back in the bottom of the seventh. The Pacifics loaded the bases against Sonoma starter Erik Gonsalves with one out and a wild pitch with Miles Williams up brought home a run to cut the deficit to one. Williams popped out, but infield singles from Kyle Ulanday and Juan Herrera put San Rafael up 4-3. Phildrick Llewellyn singled home the fifth run of the game, giving San Rafael the 5-3 lead after seven complete.
Yet the Pacifics’ two-run lead evaporated in the eighth. With one out and a runner at first, back to back infield errors brought home a run and put the tying run into scoring position. Matt Hibbert then doubled into the corner, plating the tying run and moving the go ahead run to third.
Julian Esquibel then entered and intentionally walked Scott David to load the bases to try to turn a double play. Joel Carranza stepped in, and annihilated a first pitch breaking ball over the left field wall for a grand slam, giving Sonoma a 9-5 lead. The Stompers scored one more in the frame, scoring seven total in the inning and sending 11 men to the plate.
San Rafael was silenced in the last two innings, as Logan Gillaspie and Zach Wendorf shut the door for the Stompers, eliminating San Rafael from postseason contention.
The Pacifics will play the rubber game against Sonoma tonight at 7:05 PM. It is Italian Heritage Night at Albert Park, where the first 250 fans will receive Pacifics fedoras courtesy of Marin Joe’s and Ciatti. The game will include special Italian music, food and trivia, along with a cannoli-eating contest between Assistant General Manager Megan Castellucci and catcher/first baseman Michael Rizzitello.
For tickets, visit pacificsbaseball.com.