Erickson and Pippin Dominate in 4-0 Win
San Rafael, CA -- On the annual “Dancing with the Pacifics” Night it was San Rafael newcomer Brandon Erickson and steady reliever Quinn Pippin who had all the right moves, combining to shut out the Pittsburg Diamonds 4-0.
“Our pitching tonight was lights-out,” said manager Matt Kavanaugh who credited Erickson and Pippin with the win. “Erickson and Pippin were in total command of the game. It was a pleasure to watch.”
Pippin recorded his second win of the season with three innings of shutout relief from the bullpen.
Erickson cut through the Diamonds with a mix of sliders and well-located fast balls that he worked around the strike zone. He finished his six innings with three hits, three walks and seven strikeouts, improving his ERA to 2.31 in his two Pacifics starts.
Shortstop Juan Herrera logged his 13th multi-hit game of the season with two of the Pacifics’ six hits.
Miles Williams added a hit in the second, after winning the annual “Dancing with the Pacifics” competition against Demetrius Moorer and Jake Taylor. The right fielder also made a web gem in the second, sliding to catch an over-the-shoulder drive into the gap from Kevin Farley.
The Pacifics broke through on Diamonds starter Michael Gunn in the seventh, taking a 3-0 lead on a Diamonds fielding error and four consecutive singles begun by Zach Goldstein and Moorer, before Herrera drilled a single to center, scoring the Pacifics’ first two runs. After Cameron Monger reached on a perfect bunt down the third-base line, Moorer scored on Michael Rizzitello’s sac-fly to right.
The Pacifics scored their fourth run in the eighth off Diamonds reliever Joe Lewis, who put two on with back-to-back walks to begin the inning. With runners on first and third after Goldstein’s fielders’ choice, Lewis uncorked a wild pitch to increase the lead to 4-0.
Pippin sealed the shutout with two swinging strikeouts to Alex McKeon and Zack Rapacz for his second win of the season.
The Pacifics continue the Pittsburg series tonight at 5:05 PM.
It’s “Saving Second Base” Night at Albert Park, presented by Dr. Karen Horton, Pleasures of the Heart & United Markets. To raise breast cancer awareness, the first 250 fans to the game will receive pink “Saving Second Base” t-shirts, and a silent auction will be run during the game, featuring bras decorated by local artists and celebrities. Funds from the auction will be donated to Tri-Valley SOCKS.
For tickets, visit pacificsbaseball.com.