Pacifics Win Wild Affair To Close First Half
Vallejo, CA – As the old adage goes, when it rains it pours, and for the Pacifics offense on Sunday, it rained like there was no tomorrow. San Rafael clawed out a season high 21 runs, scoring at least three runs in five separate innings, and pulling away from Vallejo after they got within a run in the fifth, winning 21-11. The Pacifics finish the first half with a 17-22 record, having won four of their final five games of the half.
“I was hoping we would save some runs for the Sonoma series on Tuesday.” Pacifics manager Matt Kavanaugh said after the game. “We controlled the zone well and made sure to never swing at their pitch. Now it’s a matter of our pitching being consistent.”
San Rafael in three of their previous five games at Wilson Park had scored at least one run in the first inning, and they continued the trend on Sunday. Cameron Monger began the game with a single, and Demetrius Moorer walked, putting two on with nobody out. Vallejo starter Christopher De Leon then got the next two before hanging a slider to Brent Gillespie that he parked beyond the right field fence for a home run, his tenth of the year.
Demetrius Moorer drove home a run in the second, extending the lead to 4-0, but Vladimir Gomez hit a two run homer against Nick DeBarr in the bottom of the inning, cutting the lead to 4-2.
San Rafael then put the pedal to the floor in the third and fourth, scoring seven runs combined to extend the lead to 11-2, and putting the game in blowout territory, or so they thought. The innings were highlighted by a Monger two RBI single and a Zach Goldstein bases loaded double, scoring all three base runners.
However, Vallejo roared back in the next two innings, starting with a Tillman Pugh three run homer in the fourth, cutting the lead to 11-5. In the fifth, Nick DeBarr was pulled after a two out single and error that scored a run, and the Admirals would score four more runs in the inning against Julian Esquibel, leaving the score at 11-10.
San Rafael got a key insurance run in the seventh on a two out RBI double from Cameron Monger, but Vallejo countered with a run in the bottom of the seventh on a wild pitch, cutting the Pacifics lead at that point to 12-11. With one out in the inning, the tying run stood at third, and Julian Esquibel struck out Chris Fornaci for the second out of the inning. Esquibel was then pulled for Jake Pintar, who got Gomez to ground out to end the inning.
The Pacifics then responded with nine runs in the final two innings, with home runs coming in the ninth from Jake Taylor and Brent Gillespie, extending the lead to the 21-11 final score. Gillespie finished the game with a team high six RBI.
In the game, the Pacifics and Admirals combined to allow 30 hits, along with 21 walks and four hit by pitches. It is the highest combined run total in a Pacific Association game in 2017.
San Rafael begins the second half Tuesday in Sonoma, with Angel Mejia getting the start. First pitch is scheduled for 6 PM.
The Pacifics return home on July 23rd for Alternate Jersey Night presented by Alten Construction. You can purchase your tickets on the ticketing page at pacificsbaseball.com