Admirals Come Back Twice To Even Series
Vallejo, CA – On Friday, San Rafael trailed twice, and found a way to come back and take the lead for good. Saturday night, it was the Admirals turn, as after squandering a five run lead just a half inning after they got it, they scored three in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the lead for good. The Admirals buried San Rafael in the last three innings, holding on for an 11-9 win to even the series.
“Tonight was a wild game, but the difference was that we couldn’t get our starter out of the fourth inning” said Pacifics manager Matt Kavanaugh. “Our bullpen has been taxed this week, and the group as a whole just ran out of gas.”
For the first time on the road trip, San Rafael got on the board first. Juan Herrera drew a leadoff walk, and after Mahlik Jones got the next two, Jake Taylor took a first pitch fastball and parked it over the wall in dead center for a home run, his league leading 18th of the year.
The 2-0 lead held up until the bottom of the fourth, where all heck broke loose. After striking out the leadoff hitter, Pacifics starter Dakota Freese walked Shawn Payne and hit Ignacio Diaz, and Chris Fornaci followed with a game tying two RBI double, ending the day for Freese.
Quinn Pippin followed him in and surrendered a double to Quinton Rohrbaugh, scoring Fornaci and giving Vallejo a 3-2 lead. The next batter, Chevy Clarke, took Pippin deep for his eighth homer of the extending the lead to 5-2. The Admirals added two more on in the inning, sending a total of 11 to the plate and taking a 7-2 lead.
However, San Rafael punched right back. Miles Williams and Kyle Ulanday started the inning with singles, and Herrera singled to deep center, plating a run. After Zach Goldstein walked, Brent Gillespie hit a sac fly, bringing home the fourth run of the game. Taylor then singled to right, scoring Herrera, cutting the Vallejo lead to two.
Jones was lifted for Brent Adheen, who immediately surrendered a three run blast to Cameron Monger, giving San Rafael the lead back at 8-7. Ricky Gingras after a double from Ryan Whitt singled to center, scoring Whitt and extending the lead to 9-7. Adheen’s day was finished at that point, and Demetrius Banks entered to put out the fire.
Julian Esquibel, who had finished the fourth, pitched a scoreless fifth, and came back out for the sixth, but ran into trouble immediately. He fell behind leadoff man David Kiriakos 2-0, and then left a fastball over the middle of the plate which Kiriakos hit over the wall in dead center field, cutting the lead to one. Esquibel got the next two, but then it fell apart.
Esquibel walked Akins, who was then pinch run for by Graylin Derke. Shawn Payne singled, moving Derke, the tying run, into scoring position.
San Rafael went to the bullpen for Ryan Harper to face Ignacio Diaz, who drilled a ball to deep right center field. Monger ran back on the ball and had it tick off his glove and onto the warning track, scoring both runners and giving Vallejo the lead back at 10-9.
San Rafael could not get a runner past first against Tim Holmes in the seventh and eighth, and Sammy Gervacio pitched a perfect ninth for his league leading 15th save.
The Pacifics play for the final time at Wilson Park tomorrow as James McReynolds toes the rubber for the Pacifics. Vallejo counters with Marquis Hutchinson. First pitch is at 1:05 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.