Gomez Blasts Vallejo To Sweep
Vallejo, CA – Far too often in 2017, the Pacifics have had opportunities to score in bunches, but have failed to do so. Thursday night in Vallejo, the Pacifics took a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth on a Brent Gillespie homer, but after loading the bases with one out in the inning, they scored no insurance runs. That proved to be the difference, as in the bottom of the sixth, Vladimir Gomez blasted a two run homer, giving Vallejo a 4-3 they wouldn’t relinquish. The Admirals recorded the sweep, the first time in team history that the Pacifics have been swept at Wilson Park.
“One run so often makes the difference and that theory proved itself here” said Pacifics manager Matt Kavanaugh. “We lost every game in this series by one run, and every game we had a chance to score more.”
For the first time in the series, San Rafael got on the board first, and did it with good fundamental baseball. Cameron Monger started the game with a double down the left field line, and moved to third on a fly out to right from Demetrius Moorer. With the infield back, Jake Taylor grounded out to second, easily scoring Monger.
San Rafael added on a run in the second, as Juan Herrera reached on a leadoff infield single. Zach Goldstein followed with a single to center, and a bobble from Tillman Pugh advanced Herrera to third and Goldstein to second. The next batter, Ricky Gingras, hit a deep fly to left that scored Herrera, extending the lead to 2-0.
Vallejo came back in the fourth and tied the game, as the first two reached against Nick DeBarr. Vladimir Gomez sacrificed both runners into scoring position, and Chris Fornaci drove home the Admirals’ first run of the game with a chopper over Goldstein at third. Quinton Rohrbaugh then tied the game on a sacrifice fly.
With the game tied at two in the sixth, Gillespie pounded a 2-0 pitch from Vallejo starter Peter Reyes over the right field wall for a home run, his 15th of the year. San Rafael retook the lead, and Herrera doubled following the homer, ending the day for Reyes.
Alex Fishburg came in and walked Goldstein, and with Herrera having taken third base on a steal, Goldstein swiped second, putting runners at second and third with nobody out. Fishburg struck out Gingras, and after hitting Aaron Brill in an 0-2 count, he came back and struck out the next two hitters, ending the inning and leaving the bases loaded.
Vallejo made San Rafael pay for that mistake, as after DeBarr issued a leadoff walk to Nick Akins, he surrendered a two run blast to Vladimir Gomez, vaulting the Admirals into the lead.
San Rafael had one final opportunity to tie the game in the eighth inning, as a leadoff walk to Herrera moved to third with one out on a Gingras single. Brill though on the first pitch hit into a 6-3 double play, ending the inning and stranding the tying run at third. Vallejo closer Sammy Gervacio retired the side in order in the ninth, recording his league leading 10th save.
The Pacifics, now four games back in the Pacific Association second half race, host first place Sonoma for three games beginning Friday. It is the beginning of Women’s Weekend, with a special Women In Sports forum taking place at 4:30 on Friday. You can sign up for the forum, which is free of charge, at pacificsbaseball.com.