Gingras Leads Pacifics To Comeback Win In Vallejo
Vallejo, CA – Having already come back once from a deficit, the Pacifics were down again by a run after seven innings. With two out and two on in the eighth, Ricky Gingras roped a single to right, scoring the tying and go ahead runs to give San Rafael a 7-6 lead. The combination of Garrett Granitz and Jake Pintar shut down the Admirals in the eighth and ninth innings, giving the Pacifics the win and snapping their three game losing streak.
“Given all of our struggles with runners on, tonight we executed when we really needed to” said Pacifics manager Matt Kavanaugh. “The last five runs all scored with two outs. That’s what great teams do to win ballgames.”
Vallejo got to Pacifics starter Max Beatty in the second. Nick Akins lined a one out single into left field, and Shawn Payne followed with a double down the left field line, moving Akins to third. Igancio Diaz, in his first professional at bat, lined a sharp single to left scoring Akins and moving Payne to third. With Quinton Rohrbaugh up, Diaz broke for second, and catcher Ricky Gingras threw the ball into center field, scoring Payne and moving Diaz to third. Rohrbaugh walked, and Chevy Clarke brought home Diaz with a single, leaving the tally at 3-0.
From there, Beatty locked in, allowing just one hit from the third until the sixth inning, at one point retiring 11 in a row. He also faced the minimum over those four innings.
Vallejo starter David Dinelli retired the first 11 hitters that he faced, but gave up a solo homer to Brent Gillespie with two outs in the fourth. In the fifth, Ryan Whitt smacked a leadoff double, and scored two batters later on a ground out from Ricky Gingras, cutting the lead to one.
With one out the sixth, Juan Herrera and Michael Rizzitello singled, putting the tying run at second and the go ahead run at first. Andin Diaz came into the game for Dinelli to play a left o left matchup with Gillespie, but he hit him to load the bases. Diaz got Cameron Monger to pop out, but Whitt came through with a two RBI single, scoring two and giving San Rafael a 4-3 lead.
The Pacifics extended the lead to 5-3 with an RBI single from Herrera in the seventh, but Vallejo roared back against Beatty in the bottom of the inning. Vladimir Gomez drew a leadoff walk, and with one out Chris Fornaci doubled to deep left center, making it a 5-4 game. Quinton Rohrbaugh singled Fornaci to third, and Chevy Clarke cleared the bases with a double, but was thrown out at third trying to turn it into a triple. Still, Vallejo held the lead after seven innings.
Vallejo brought on lefty Demetrius Banks to face Gillespie to start the eighth, and Gillespie doubled to dead center. Monger then walked, putting the go ahead run at first. Whitt grounded out, moving both runners into scoring position, but Goldstein struck out, leaving it up to Ricky Gingras. Gingras took an inside pitch and smacked it to the wall in right, scoring both runners and giving San Rafael the lead.
Garrett Granitz pitched a perfect eighth, as did Jake Pintar in the ninth for his third save. The Pacifics are now 9-9 in one run games.
Saturday San Rafael looks to take the series as they send Dakota Freese to the hill against Mahlik Jones. First pitch is at 5:05 P.M.
Your Pacifics return home Tuesday for Golf Night presented by San Geronimo Golf Course. It is also Meritage Medical Network Water Bottle night and a Kids get in Free Tuesday. Visit the ticketing page on pacificsbaseball.com for tickets.