Come From Behind Win Makes Siegal Winningest Woman Manager

Solid Pitching, 2-Out Gillespie RBI Secure a 5-4 Victory for San Rafael

 

By Danny Nilsen

June 30th, 2016

San Rafael, CA

With two outs in the 8th, Brent Gillespie found himself in a tie game with the potential winning run standing on 2nd.  Though he was hitless to that point, he took matters into his own hands when he drilled a base hit to center off Stompers closer Taylor Thurber (1-3), which scored Chase Tucker from 2nd base.

For Gillespie, it was his 21st RBI of the season and the difference in a 5-4 game that saw Justine Siegal collect her second career win at the helm of the Pacifics (15-11) in night two of Women Run the Show at Albert Park.

“I wanted to hug him,” Siegal said when asked about Gillespie’s hit.  “That was really clutch, we needed that.  I feel lucky to be a part of such a special organization with special people. 2-0 is a good time to retire, but I’ll wait for my next opportunity.”

San Rafael got the scoring started in the 1st thanks to some uncharacteristic wildness from Sonoma starter Sean Conroy, who walked in Tucker after hitting two batters earlier in the frame. Conroy got a no-decision, throwing five innings and allowing five hits, two walks, and a hit batter while striking out three.

The Stompers (14-12) would answer in a big way in the 3rd however, when Daniel Baptista launched his first homerun of the season well over the right-center fence. The bomb scored Matt Hibbert, and gave the Stompers a 2-1 lead.

That was all the Stompers would get off San Rafael starter Michael Ormseth until the 7th, when tiredness resulted in some wildness.  Ormseth found himself with a no-decision despite throwing well, striking out 11 and allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks in 6.1 innings.

The Pacifics would answer Sonoma in the 4th though, taking a 3-2 lead when Zack Pace laced a clean double down the right field line scoring Mark Lindsay and Johnny Bekakis, who had reached on an error and single respectively.  From there, the Pacifics would tack on another in the 5th after Maikel Jova doubled to left before he found himself standing on 3rd thanks to a wild pitch.  Daniel Gonzalez would collect his 7th RBI of the season when he drove a sac fly to right, scoring Jova to give them a 4-2 lead.

The Pacifics would run into trouble in the 7th, when the Stompers were able to string consecutive quality at-bats together off a fatigued Ormseth.  A Yuki Yasuda walk with the bases loaded made it 4-3, before Ormseth departed and Baptista continued his scorching night with a sac fly to deep center off Julian Esquibel (1-0).  The sac fly knotted the game at four apiece before Esquibel was able to strand a pair and keep the score even.

Gillespie’s clutch knock would break that 4-4 tie in the 8th, before Nate Gercken tossed a perfect 9th to collect his third save of the season and give the Pacifics sole possession of first place in the Pacific Association.

The win gave Justine Siegal a perfect 2-0 record in her time as manager of the Pacifics, making her the winningest woman manager in professional baseball history. Siegal will now return to Southern California to continue work with her organization, Baseball For All, and to prepare for the Baseball For All Nationals tournament taking place in San Francisco in late July.

The Pacifics will be on the road when they begin another three-game series against the Stompers tomorrow at Arnold Field.  First pitch will be at 6:05 PM with games starting at 5 on Saturday and Sunday.  Live coverage of the games can be found on the radio at pacificsbaseball.com or on Twitter by following @SRPacifics.

 

"> Come From Behind Win Makes Siegal Winningest Woman Manager

Solid Pitching, 2-Out Gillespie RBI Secure a 5-4 Victory for San Rafael

 

By Danny Nilsen

June 30th, 2016

San Rafael, CA

With two outs in the 8th, Brent Gillespie found himself in a tie game with the potential winning run standing on 2nd.  Though he was hitless to that point, he took matters into his own hands when he drilled a base hit to center off Stompers closer Taylor Thurber (1-3), which scored Chase Tucker from 2nd base.

For Gillespie, it was his 21st RBI of the season and the difference in a 5-4 game that saw Justine Siegal collect her second career win at the helm of the Pacifics (15-11) in night two of Women Run the Show at Albert Park.

“I wanted to hug him,” Siegal said when asked about Gillespie’s hit.  “That was really clutch, we needed that.  I feel lucky to be a part of such a special organization with special people. 2-0 is a good time to retire, but I’ll wait for my next opportunity.”

San Rafael got the scoring started in the 1st thanks to some uncharacteristic wildness from Sonoma starter Sean Conroy, who walked in Tucker after hitting two batters earlier in the frame. Conroy got a no-decision, throwing five innings and allowing five hits, two walks, and a hit batter while striking out three.

The Stompers (14-12) would answer in a big way in the 3rd however, when Daniel Baptista launched his first homerun of the season well over the right-center fence. The bomb scored Matt Hibbert, and gave the Stompers a 2-1 lead.

That was all the Stompers would get off San Rafael starter Michael Ormseth until the 7th, when tiredness resulted in some wildness.  Ormseth found himself with a no-decision despite throwing well, striking out 11 and allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks in 6.1 innings.

The Pacifics would answer Sonoma in the 4th though, taking a 3-2 lead when Zack Pace laced a clean double down the right field line scoring Mark Lindsay and Johnny Bekakis, who had reached on an error and single respectively.  From there, the Pacifics would tack on another in the 5th after Maikel Jova doubled to left before he found himself standing on 3rd thanks to a wild pitch.  Daniel Gonzalez would collect his 7th RBI of the season when he drove a sac fly to right, scoring Jova to give them a 4-2 lead.

The Pacifics would run into trouble in the 7th, when the Stompers were able to string consecutive quality at-bats together off a fatigued Ormseth.  A Yuki Yasuda walk with the bases loaded made it 4-3, before Ormseth departed and Baptista continued his scorching night with a sac fly to deep center off Julian Esquibel (1-0).  The sac fly knotted the game at four apiece before Esquibel was able to strand a pair and keep the score even.

Gillespie’s clutch knock would break that 4-4 tie in the 8th, before Nate Gercken tossed a perfect 9th to collect his third save of the season and give the Pacifics sole possession of first place in the Pacific Association.

The win gave Justine Siegal a perfect 2-0 record in her time as manager of the Pacifics, making her the winningest woman manager in professional baseball history. Siegal will now return to Southern California to continue work with her organization, Baseball For All, and to prepare for the Baseball For All Nationals tournament taking place in San Francisco in late July.

The Pacifics will be on the road when they begin another three-game series against the Stompers tomorrow at Arnold Field.  First pitch will be at 6:05 PM with games starting at 5 on Saturday and Sunday.  Live coverage of the games can be found on the radio at pacificsbaseball.com or on Twitter by following @SRPacifics.

 

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