Walk Off Win Caps Pacifics Sweep Of Pittsburg
San Rafael, CA – The Pacifics started this week of games on Tuesday with a walkoff win in extra innings. On Sunday, they finished the week in the same fashion, as Cameron Monger, the hero from Tuesday’s walk off win, delivered the game winning single in the bottom of the tenth, as San Rafael edged Pittsburg 9-8, sweeping their final series of the year from the Diamonds.
“This is what baseball is all about,” said an elated Monger after the game. “It’s unfortunate that the season ends in three games because we are playing our best baseball of the year right now.”
Pittsburg got the scoring started in the first thanks to command issues from Pacifics starter Angel Mejia, as the Diamonds scored the first run of the game on a bases loaded walk.
The Diamonds second run came on a two error from Miles Williams, but San Rafael countered with an RBI single from Kyle Ulanday in the bottom of the frame, making it a 2-1 score. Pittsburg added one on in the fourth on a two out single from B.J. Guinn, and two more in the fifth on a two run home run from J.J. Wagner, extending the Diamonds lead to 5-1. However, despite the lead, Pittsburg had stranded the bases loaded twice in the first five innings, and had left on nine total at that point.
San Rafael began their comeback in the fifth with a two out RBI single from Kyle Ulanday. In the seventh, Michael Rizzitello with two on and two out reached on an infield single that scored both runners, cutting the Diamonds lead to 5-4.
Pacifics relievers Jake Pintar and Julian Esquibel combined to hold Pittsburg scoreless from the sixth through the eighth, and San Rafael tied the game in the eighth without putting a ball in play. Diamonds reliever Sam Agnew-Wieland walked the bases loaded, and then walked Demetrius Moorer to force home the tying run. Pittsburg then brought in closer Jordan Brink, who got an inning ending double play from Ulanday, keeping the game tied.
The Diamonds retook the lead in the top of the ninth on a two out RBI single from Guinn, but the Pacifics tied the game in the bottom of the ninth on a sacrifice fly from Mark Lindsay. San Rafael had the tying run at third with two outs, but couldn’t bring the run home, sending the game to extras.
Pittsburg scored two in the top of the tenth inning on a pair of sacrifice flies, giving them an 8-6 lead. San Rafael, per the Pacific Association rules, started the bottom of the tenth with two runners on, and Zach Goldstein was the batter due against new Diamonds reliever Skylar Shaw-Fuss.
Goldstein bunted with the intent to sacrifice, but third baseman Gerald Bautista threw the ball away, allowing a run to score and moving the tying run to third and Goldstein to second. Jake Taylor then pinch hit, and was walked intentionally to load the bases for Kyle Ulanday, who drew a walk to force home a run and tie the game. Pittsburg’s outfield then came far in for Cameron Monger, knowing that there was no room for error. Monger parked a Fuss fastball into the left center field gap, plating Goldstein and giving San Rafael the walk off 9-8 victory.
The Pacifics play their final three home games of the season beginning Tuesday at home against Vallejo. First pitch on Tuesday is at 7:05 P.M.