Diamonds Deal San Rafael Series Opening Loss
Pittsburg, CA – After a rousing comeback win on Sunday against Sonoma, the Pacifics hoped they could bottle that success for the first of a six game road trip on Tuesday night in Pittsburg. However, San Rafael was limited to just one hit in their first six innings, and fell down in a five run hole they could never recover from. The Diamonds downed the Pacifics 5-2, dropping their record to 1-6 at Winter Chevrolet Stadium.
“Even including Sunday’s win, our offense has been too quiet early on” said Pacifics manager Matt Kavanaugh. “Even though we gave up five runs, we can’t expect to win when we manage one hit through the first six innings.”
Despite the lack of offense, San Rafael had a great chance to score in the third, but a controversial call took away a run. With runners at the corners and two outs, Cameron Monger struck out, and the ball squirted away from Alex McKeon. McKeon threw the ball down to first, clearly beating Monger to the bag, but the field umpire missed the call, saying that first baseman Vinny Guglietti was off the bag. If the call had stood, Miles Williams would’ve scored from third. After an umpire discussion, Monger was ruled out and the inning over.
The Diamonds then struck in the bottom of that frame, as Pacifics starter James McReynolds issued a leadoff walk to B.J. Guinn and a double to Wes Wallace. Yeicock Calderon drew a 3-0 count, and then hit a fly ball to left that scored Guinn, giving Pittsburg the 1-0 lead.
Pittsburg then busted the game open in the fifth, as McReynolds started the inning with back to back four pitch walks. He threw two straight balls to Wallace, and on the 2-0 pitch he ripped a fastball into the left center field gap, scoring a run. Calderon then followed with an RBI single, plating the third run and ending the day for McReynolds. The Diamonds scored one more in the inning on a sacrifice fly from Vinny Guglietti.
Corey MacDonald carved up San Rafael in the first six innings, allowing just a one out single to Brent Gillespie in the second. He retired the first two he faced in the seventh before issuing a walk to Zach Goldstein. Ricky Gingras kept the inning alive with a single, before Miles Williams punished a ball into the right center field gap, scoring two and going for a triple, cutting Pittsburg’s lead to 5-2.
In the eighth against Joe Lewis, San Rafael got two runners into scoring position with one out on a walk to Juan Herrera and a single from Cameron Monger that stole second with Jake Taylor up. Lewis fanned Taylor, and walked Gillespie intentionally, putting the tying run on base. The move paid off, as Lewis struck out Goldstein to end the inning. Jordan Brink recorded the save in the ninth, striking out four as Miles Williams reached on a dropped third strike.
The Pacifics seek to rebound Wednesday as they send veteran Nick DeBarr to the hill. Brett Solano takes the ball for Pittsburg. First pitch is at 6:30 P.M.