Early Offense Propels Pacifics To 4-3 Victory Over Pittsburg, Maintain 4-Game Lead


Love was in the air on Tuesday night at Albert Park. It was “Speed Dating Night” and, coincidentally (or not) “Au Pair Night”.  Several unattached Pacifics players were up for grabs to a throng of international visitors (Swedish, French, and a few other assorted European nationalities – all presumably properly documented). 

In the speed dating Thunderdome formerly known as Satchel Paige Plaza, the eligible Pacifics appeared to be on their best behavior, teeth unencumbered by various toxic substances ballplayers inexplicably favor, in hopes of meeting a nice young woman who’d somehow find a way to put up with them, at least for one date. 

It was no doubt a distraction throughout the game. Fueled with surging testosterone, they jumped out to an amped-up early inning lead that their old war-horse, Max Beatty (6-1, 4.30), protected like the scant remaining gasoline in a post-apocalyptic society.

Brett Solano (4-3, 4.78 ERA), was greeted rudely by the muscle-flexing Pacifics right out of the gate. 

In the bottom of the 1st, DonAndre Clark led off with a high chopper over the mound for an infield single, then moved up to second base on a passed ball. Rando Moreno delivered with his league-leading 16th double to drive home Clark and give the Pacifics the early 1-0 advantage, but they weren’t done trying to impress. With 2 outs, strutting like a peacock, Jake Taylor drove a high fly ball to straight away left that dropped at the base of the wall for an RBI double and was promptly brought home on a Zach Files line drive single to right center, giving the Pacifics a 3-0 lead. 

They added their 4th and final run in the bottom of the 2nd after Clark reached on a fielder’s choice, Moreno singled and Javion Randle walked to load the bases for Brent Gillespie. With nowhere to put Gillespie, Solano, ahead in the count 0-2, drilled Gillespie on the right leg with a slider, bringing home Clark, staking the Pacifics to a 4-0 lead, all that Max Beatty required. 

Beatty’s only pucker on the night was in the top of the 6th inning. Rafael Valera singled and went from first to third on a passed ball by Gingras. A single by Joel Carranza then brought in Valera, putting Pittsburg on the board with their first run. Gabriel Bracamonte followed with a single putting runners at first and second. After another passed ball moved both runners into scoring position, Patrick O’Donnell delivered a 2-run single, cutting the lead to a slender 4-3. 

Undeterred, Beatty (122 pitches, 86 for strikes) mowed Pittsburg down in the 7th and 8th.  With dependable road warrior, Chris Mazza ready in the pen, manager Matt Kavanaugh stuck with Beatty in the 9th, allowing him to attempt his second consecutive complete game and his 3rd of the season. He retired the first man he faced  for a quick first out, but on a 0-1 count to diminutive second baseman Yuki Yasuda, Beatty poured in a fastball that Yasuda turned around and banged forcefully off the left-center field wall for a 2-out double, putting the tying run in scoring position and ending Beatty’s night.

Mazza, in his last game for the Pacifics (he’s been promoted to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League), wanted to put an exclamation point on his brief but dominating season with the Pacifics.  Seeking his league-leading 5th save to accompany the league’s lowest ERA (0.59), Mazza (3-2) struck out the first batter he faced and induced a harmless groundout to Aaron Brill at second to complete the save, secure the win and ultimately prove that love can conquer all. 

Beatty now leads the league with 6 wins as the Pacifics improve to 26-9 overall, and maintain their 4-game lead over Sonoma, who won 7-5 in Napa last night. 

The Pacifics will be back at Albert Park on Wednesday for “Good Grooming Night”, presented by Hairplane Salon, first pitch is scheduled for 7:05. The Pacifics team barber, JD, will be giving out free haircuts to fans in attendance through the first 4 innings. Also, EO Products will be giving away free personal sized hand sanitizers to the first 250 fans along with Tide-To-Go pens courtesy of Moxie Marketing. 

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