Pacifics Strand 12 In Close Loss To Diamonds
Pittsburg, CA – On Wednesday night in Pittsburg, the Pacifics stranded 10 runners on base through the first eight innings, and still had a chance to tie the game in the ninth. Down by two after eight, the Pacifics got the first two men on in the ninth, and got both into scoring position with one out. San Rafael couldn’t get either run home, as Diamonds closer struck out the final three of the inning, giving Pittsburg the 6-4 win. San Rafael stranded 12 on base in the game and have now dropped seven of their last eight games.
“Tonight was really the microcosm of our season.” Pacifics manager Matt Kavanaugh said. “We put ourselves in position to score a lot more runs than we did tonight, but we never got the big hit.”
San Rafael wasted a golden chance to score in the first, as Juan Herrera doubled to start the game. However, Michael Rizzitello grounded out to short, and Diamonds starter Brett Solano struck out Cameron Monger and Jake Taylor to end the inning.
Pittsburg was retired in order in the first, but strung together a two out rally in the second to get on the board first. Vinny Guglietti singled with one out against Nick DeBarr, and advanced to second on a ground out from Gerald Bautista. Javier Marticorena then blooped a ball into shallow center, allowing Guglietti to score without a throw. Jose Garcia then popped a ball up down the first base line that should have been the third out of the inning, but the wind turned around Brent Gillespie, and the ball fell behind him, going for a single and moving Marticorena to third. Joe Randazzo then followed with a single to right, scoring Marticorena making it 2-0 Pittsburg.
San Rafael came back and tied the game in the top of fourth, thanks to a solo home run from Brent Gillespie and an RBI single from Mark Lindsay. Yet Pittsburg came right back in the bottom of the frame and retook the lead. Gerald Bautista started the inning with a double, and DeBarr then hit Marticorena. Garcia stepped in, having already hit two home runs previous against DeBarr. Lighting struck for a third time, as Garcia took a hanging slider and belted it over the left field wall for a three run homer, putting Pittsburg up 5-2. The Diamonds got one more in the inning, ending the day for DeBarr after 3.2 innings.
In the fifth, the Pacifics countered back with a pair, thanks to a two RBI single from Ryan Whitt with the bases loaded. He was the tying run at first, but reliever Joe Mello came in and struck out Miles Williams to end the threat.
Still down two in the sixth, San Rafael loaded the bases on walks, two coming from Mello before being pulled for Sam Agnew-Wieland. He walked Monger to load the bases, but punched out Taylor to end the inning and strand the bases loaded.
Jordan Brink entered in the ninth with the score still 6-4, and walked the leadoff hitter Monger on four pitches. Taylor then singled to deep right, moving Monger to third and putting the tying run on with nobody out. Demetrius Moorer came into pinch run, giving San Rafael better odds of scoring the tying run. Brent Gillespie stepped in, and struck out, but Moorer swiped second on the third strike, putting the tying run at second with one out. From there though, Brink fanned Whitt, and then fanned Williams, ending the game with the tying run in scoring position.
The Pacifics look to salvage the final game of the series as they send Angel Mejia to the hill. Former big leaguer Travis Blackley will take the ball for the Diamonds. First pitch is at 6:30 P.M.