Pacifics Swept Out Of Pittsburg
Pittsburg, CA – A night after leaving 12 runners on base, San Rafael loaded the bases twice against former big leaguer Travis Blackley down by a run. The Pacifics didn’t score either time, but still had a chance to tie the game with the tying run aboard with one out in the ninth. However, they couldn’t get the job done, as Pittsburg’s Skylar Shaw-Fuss got the final two hitters, giving Pittsburg the 6-4 win and the series sweep. San Rafael has lost its last six road games and eight of nine overall.
“It’s beyond frustrating that we struggle to get the big hits on the road.” said Pacifics manager Matt Kavanaugh. “Great teams find ways to pull out wins on the road. We have not done that much this season.”
Pittsburg blitzed San Rafael in the first as Ordomar Valdez started the inning with a sharp single to center. He got to second on a stolen base, and then moved to third on B.J. Guinn’s ground out. Wes Wallace struck out, but Angel Mejia issued a four pitch walk to Yeicock Calderon, keeping the inning alive for Vinny Guglietti, who hit a ground rule double, scoring Valdez and moving Calderon to third. Gerald Bautista then ripped a single to left, scoring both runners to give Pittsburg a 3-0 lead.
The Diamonds had a chance to bust the game open in the second, loading the bases against Mejia with nobody out, but Mejia struck out Guinn and Wallace, and then got a fly out from Calderon, ending the inning with no damage in the run column.
Mejia’s escape helped springboard San Rafael’s offense, as with one on and nobody out in the third, Miles Williams took a hanging Blackley breaking ball and drove it deep over the left field wall for his tenth homer, cutting the Pittsburg lead to one. The Diamonds loaded the bases with one out in the third, but Mejia escaped again, keeping the deficit at just one run.
With the score still 3-2, Blackley walked Demetrius Moorer with two outs in the fifth, and then allowed an infield single to Juan Herrera. Michael Rizzitello walked to load the bases, but Blackley struck out Ryan Whitt to end the inning.
In the seventh with the same score, San Rafael loaded the bases again, but Blackley got Whitt to break his bat and ground out to first. Both teams each loaded the bases twice, but no team scored in those four half innings.
Pittsburg got two unearned runs in the seventh courtesy of a Juan Herrera two out error and infield single from Jose Garcia, and added one more on a Wes Wallace solo home run in the eighth, extending the lead to 6-2.
Travis Blackley got through eight innings of two run baseball, walking six but striking out nine. He was pulled going into the ninth for Justin Martinez, who after allowing a leadoff single to Zach Goldstein, gave up a two run blast to Williams, his second of the game, cutting the Diamonds lead to two.
Martinez struck out Moorer, but gave up back to back single to Herrera and Rizzitello, putting the tying run at first, and making Pittsburg go to the pen for Skylar Shaw-Fuss. Fuss then shut the door, striking out Whitt on three pitches and getting a pop out from Cameron Monger, ending the game. San Rafael is now 1-8 at Winter Chevrolet Stadium.
San Rafael looks to regroup Friday in Vallejo against an Admirals team that has won eight of their last nine. Max Beatty takes the hill, looking for his third win. Vallejo counters with veteran David Dinelli. First pitch is at 6:35 P.M.