Vallejo Downs San Rafael To Improve Playoff Chances
San Rafael, CA – Tied for first entering the day, the Vallejo Admirals needed a win to stay tied for first after Sonoma blew out Pittsburg earlier Wednesday evening. For the second straight night, a four run second inning proved to be the difference, as back to back homers from Quintin Rohrbaugh and Chevy Clarke plated all four runs in the inning. Vallejo added two more, and San Rafael mustered just three runs, all scoring on wild pitches, in a 7-3 loss.
“For some reason the last two nights we’ve let the second inning stockpile on us,” Pacifics manager Matt Kavanaugh said. “Not converting on a shutdown inning is one thing, but shooting ourselves out of the game is another. We gave them life in the second and we never recovered.”
Vallejo got on the board in the first for the second straight day, but this time it was because of a miscue. David Kiriakos singled with one out, and moved to second on a Tillman Pugh groundout against Pacifics ace Max Beatty. Nick Akins then swung at the first pitch and popped it up a mile high on the infield. Shortstop Kyle Ulanday had trouble tracking the ball and dropped it, allowing Kiriakos to score.
San Rafael countered with a run in the bottom of the first, as a Michael Rizzitello leadoff walk scored thanks to two wild pitches from David Dinelli. However, that was the last time San Rafael would come close to sniffing the lead.
With one out in the second, Ignacio Diaz singled, and Beatty plunked Chris Fornaci, putting two on for Quintin Rohrbaugh, who turned on an inside pitch and fired a laser beam over the left field wall for a three run homer, giving Vallejo a 4-1 lead. Chevy Clarke then followed in the next at bat with a home run of his own, extending the lead to 5-1.
The Admirals added runs in the fifth and sixth, courtesy of a wild pitch and a Fornaci homer. Meanwhile, Dinelli after the first settled down, allowing just one run the rest of his appearance, coming in the sixth on a wild pitch. Dinelli finished with two runs allowed over six innings, earning his third win despite throwing six wild pitches.
San Rafael scored a run in the seventh thanks to a wild pitch from Vallejo reliever Alex Fishberg. Tim Holmes and Sammy Gervacio combined to pitch the final two innings, with all outs recorded on strikeouts.
The Pacifics play their final game of the 2017 Thursday against the Admirals. It is Fan Appreciation Night, as all fans who come to the game will be entered into a raffle to win fun prizes, which included 2018 Flex Plan tickets, an autographed bat, and “The Ultimate Pacifics Experience.” Visit the ticketing page on pacificsbaseball.com for tickets.