Beatty, Offense Finish Series and Season Strong Against Sonoma
San Rafael, CA -- San Rafael’s workhorse ace Max Beatty, backed by a three-run homer from Jake Taylor and Cameron Monger’s grand slam, allowed Sonoma’s potent offense only two runs on five hits through 8 2/3 masterful innings Thursday night at Albert Park giving San Rafael an explosive 12-2 win over Sonoma to end the season series.
Beatty’s 157-pitch outing, backed by 17 hits from his offense, knocked Sonoma out of first place as Vallejo continued their second half surge by defeating Pittsburg 8-5 in Vallejo.
“Even though we’re not competing for the pennant at this point these games are important in terms of the outcome of the season,” said manager Matt Kavanaugh after the game. “Beatty has nothing left to prove, he’s the best pitcher in the league in my opinion. He showed tonight that big-time players always come up big in big games.”
Beatty improved his overall record to 5-2 with a 3.23 ERA, the best among the Pacifics starting staff.
“I went out there with a game plan to command the plate and keep them off balance with breaking balls,” said Beatty. “I was able to execute tonight and our offense backed me up with some big hits.”
The Pacifics scored a run against each of Sonoma’s four pitchers. Among their 17 hits, Monger, Ricky Gingras, Kyle Ulanday and Zach Goldstein each recorded three. Monger also drove in five runs for the second time in the series.
San Rafael got on board in the first, as Monger legged out a double and Sonoma starter Taylor Thurber walked Michael Rizzitello. Taylor blasted his league-leading 20th homer this season, putting San Rafael up 3-0.
In the second Goldstein drew a leadoff walk before Monger logged his first RBI with a two-out line drive single to left field, driving in Goldstein.
Thurber was charged with four runs on eight hits through three innings.
Though the Stompers cut the lead 4-2 on a walk and two singles in the sixth, Monger blew the game open against Dominic Topoozian in the bottom of the inning. With bases loaded on Kyle Ulanday’s leadoff bunt, Goldstein’s double and Moorer’s team-leading 64th drawn walk, Monger blasted a grand slam on a 1-0 fastball, extending the Pacifics lead to 8-2.
The Pacifics scored another run off Zach Wendorf in the seventh and three more off Stacy Piagno in the eighth for the 12-2 final.
The Pacifics open a three-game series at Albert Park against the Pittsburg Diamonds starting tonight at 7:05 PM. It’s “Dancing with the Pacifics Night” presented by Love2Dance. Pacifics players Jake Taylor, Miles Williams and Demetrius Moorer have been practicing routines all season, and will go toe-to-toe in a dance-off between innings.
For tickets, visit pacificsbaseball.com.