Admirals Walk Off On San Rafael In Extras
Vallejo, CA – Having been held silent offensively most of the evening, San Rafael got a big two run homer from Jake Taylor in the eighth, tying the game at two and eventually sending the game to extra innings. San Rafael only scored one run in the top of the tenth, which proved costly as Vallejo countered with two in the bottom of the inning, winning 4-3. The Pacifics are now 0-6 in extra innings.
“As the road team in this format, we have to score at least two runs to give us a legitimate chance to win,” said Pacifics manager Matt Kavanaugh. “Scoring only one put us in a tough position.”
San Rafael wasted a golden opportunity to score out of the gate, as after the first two reached against Vallejo starter Marquis Hutchinson, he came back and got the next three in order, stranding a pair in scoring position.
Vallejo after stranding a pair of runners on in the first got to San Rafael starter James McReynolds in the third. Chevy Clarke started the inning with a single, and David Kiriakos followed with a double, moving Clark to third. After getting ahead of Tillman Pugh 0-2, McReynolds walked him to load the bases with nobody out. Mike Blanke singled to left plating the first run and keeping the bases loaded. Nick Akins then drew a four pitch walk, forcing home the second run.
From there, McReynolds locked in, not allowing another hit until the eighth inning, and keeping the game at a two run margin. He finished with a career high eight innings, allowing just two runs.
San Rafael meanwhile was stonewalled by Hutchinson, who stranded seven Pacifics base runners through his first seven innings. He came back out for the eighth, and allowed a leadoff infield single to Demetrius Moorer, and then hung a slider to Jake Taylor who wacked it out of the park for his team leading 15th homer, tying the game at two.
The game remained tied at two going into the tenth, where two runners started on base. Cameron Monger started the inning against Admirals reliever Demetrius Banks with a strikeout, but Banks then walked Moorer and Taylor, forcing home a run to give the Pacifics the 3-2 lead. However, Banks punched out Michael Rizzitello, and got Mark Lindsay to ground out, keeping the lead at just one.
Ryan Harper entered for the bottom of the tenth, looking for the save. With the two runners starting on, Clarke bunted, but Harper threw to third, forcing out the lead runners. Harper’s great play became a moot point as a wild pitch with Kiriakos up moved both runners into scoring position. Kiriakos then grounded a ball to third that Zach Goldstein fielded and fired home. The throw was late, as the tying run scored, and moving to third on the play was Clarke, and the error on the throw allowed Kiriakos to move to second.
Wanting to put a force at every base, San Rafael walked Tillman Pugh intentionally to load the bases for Mike Blanke. Blanke hit a fly ball in foul ground down the right field line that Miles Williams caught. Clarke tagged at third and sprinted home, but Williams throw short hopped the plate and skipped past, scoring Clarke and giving Vallejo the 4-3 win.
San Rafael looks to salvage the series finale today as they send Nick DeBarr to the hill. Vallejo counters with Peter Reyes. First pitch is at 6:35 P.M.
Your Pacifics return home on Friday to kick off Women’s Weekend. A special Women In Sports Panel will be held on Friday, while the presentation of the inaugural Alexis Busch Award will take place on Saturday. Tickets for these games are available at www.pacificsbaseball.com.