Bats Wake Up In Comeback

Bullpen Keys 11-9 Victory in Extra Innings

By Parker Brown
July 3, 2016
Sonoma, CA –

Bases loaded and nobody out. All San Rafael veteran Maikel Jova needed to do was put something in play for the chance to take the lead. Jova’s patience at the plate paid off, as he smoked a 1-2 ball through the hole into right field to plate Chase Tucker. Sonoma outfielder Sam DiMatteo’s subsequent throw to third base went wide, allowing Jake Taylor to score on the play for an 11-9 Pacifics lead. It was all the bullpen would need to shut down the Stompers for good.

On a night where Sonoma led by five after only three innings, the offense shook off the rust from the first half of the double header in a big way. The San Rafael bats cut the deficit in half with a three-run 4th inning before finally taking the lead with a five spot in the 6th. But the bullpen faltered in the bottom of the 7th, what would have been the final inning, leading to Jova’s heroics in the extra 8th frame.

“It was a hard fought, emotional game,” said Pacifics Manager Matt Kavanaugh, “It’s tough to win when you fall behind by five or six runs in a seven inning game. But our offense was able to piece some things together and the bullpen did some outstanding work to keep us in it.”

San Rafael drew closer to the six-run deficit with a solid 4th inning. Daniel Gonzalez plated the Pacifics’ first run of the night on a bases loaded sacrifice fly. After loading the bases again, Kyle Adie smoked a splitter into left field to score two more and make it a 6-3 game.

The offense took advantage of a wild Austin Delmotte in the 6th, pounding out five hits for five runs off the Sonoma reliever. Taylor brought it to a one-run game with a bases loaded single to score a pair, before Brent Gillespie launched a three-run shot just inside the right field foul pole to give the Pacifics the lead for the first time on the night. Gillespie’s home run was his league-leading eighth home run of the season.

San Rafael added on an insurance run when Jourdan Weiks scored on an error by first baseman Daniel Baptista in the 7th, giving San Rafael a three-run cushion.

Pacifics starting pitcher Brandon Warner struggled with command for the entirety of his short outing. Making his second spot start of the season, Warner allowed five runs in just an inning and two-thirds. In that span, he gave up six hits and walked three with no strikeouts. He turned the ball over to Julian Esquibel to get the final out of the 2nd with runners on second and third.

The bullpen was outstanding for almost every inning after Warner’s departure. Esquibel worked an inning and a third in relief, surrendering only a long homer to Mason Morioka. Clint Manzo and Michael Kershner followed with three combined scoreless innings to help bridge the gap.

Nate Gercken (1-0) entered to try for his fourth save on the year, but could not put the Stompers away. He had trouble locating his pitches in his only inning of work, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks. However, shortly after allowing Sonoma to tie the game at nine runs apiece on his first blown save of the year, Gercken struck out Yuki Yasuda to keep the game alive for the offense to salvage.

After taking the lead in the top of the 8th, closer J.R. Bunda earned his fifth save of the year by rolling a 6-4-3 double play to end the ball game. In doing so, Gercken was awarded his first win in a Pacifics uniform.

Every Pacifics batter except Gonzalez collected a base hit on the evening. Jova led the way with four hits, while Gillespie continued his torrid season with three hits and three runs batted in.

San Rafael has a scheduled off day on Monday. The team plays next in Vallejo on Tuesday night. First pitch will be at 6:35 PM, and live coverage can be found on radio at pacificsbaseball.com or on Twitter @SRPacifics.

"> Bats Wake Up In Comeback

Bullpen Keys 11-9 Victory in Extra Innings

By Parker Brown
July 3, 2016
Sonoma, CA –

Bases loaded and nobody out. All San Rafael veteran Maikel Jova needed to do was put something in play for the chance to take the lead. Jova’s patience at the plate paid off, as he smoked a 1-2 ball through the hole into right field to plate Chase Tucker. Sonoma outfielder Sam DiMatteo’s subsequent throw to third base went wide, allowing Jake Taylor to score on the play for an 11-9 Pacifics lead. It was all the bullpen would need to shut down the Stompers for good.

On a night where Sonoma led by five after only three innings, the offense shook off the rust from the first half of the double header in a big way. The San Rafael bats cut the deficit in half with a three-run 4th inning before finally taking the lead with a five spot in the 6th. But the bullpen faltered in the bottom of the 7th, what would have been the final inning, leading to Jova’s heroics in the extra 8th frame.

“It was a hard fought, emotional game,” said Pacifics Manager Matt Kavanaugh, “It’s tough to win when you fall behind by five or six runs in a seven inning game. But our offense was able to piece some things together and the bullpen did some outstanding work to keep us in it.”

San Rafael drew closer to the six-run deficit with a solid 4th inning. Daniel Gonzalez plated the Pacifics’ first run of the night on a bases loaded sacrifice fly. After loading the bases again, Kyle Adie smoked a splitter into left field to score two more and make it a 6-3 game.

The offense took advantage of a wild Austin Delmotte in the 6th, pounding out five hits for five runs off the Sonoma reliever. Taylor brought it to a one-run game with a bases loaded single to score a pair, before Brent Gillespie launched a three-run shot just inside the right field foul pole to give the Pacifics the lead for the first time on the night. Gillespie’s home run was his league-leading eighth home run of the season.

San Rafael added on an insurance run when Jourdan Weiks scored on an error by first baseman Daniel Baptista in the 7th, giving San Rafael a three-run cushion.

Pacifics starting pitcher Brandon Warner struggled with command for the entirety of his short outing. Making his second spot start of the season, Warner allowed five runs in just an inning and two-thirds. In that span, he gave up six hits and walked three with no strikeouts. He turned the ball over to Julian Esquibel to get the final out of the 2nd with runners on second and third.

The bullpen was outstanding for almost every inning after Warner’s departure. Esquibel worked an inning and a third in relief, surrendering only a long homer to Mason Morioka. Clint Manzo and Michael Kershner followed with three combined scoreless innings to help bridge the gap.

Nate Gercken (1-0) entered to try for his fourth save on the year, but could not put the Stompers away. He had trouble locating his pitches in his only inning of work, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks. However, shortly after allowing Sonoma to tie the game at nine runs apiece on his first blown save of the year, Gercken struck out Yuki Yasuda to keep the game alive for the offense to salvage.

After taking the lead in the top of the 8th, closer J.R. Bunda earned his fifth save of the year by rolling a 6-4-3 double play to end the ball game. In doing so, Gercken was awarded his first win in a Pacifics uniform.

Every Pacifics batter except Gonzalez collected a base hit on the evening. Jova led the way with four hits, while Gillespie continued his torrid season with three hits and three runs batted in.

San Rafael has a scheduled off day on Monday. The team plays next in Vallejo on Tuesday night. First pitch will be at 6:35 PM, and live coverage can be found on radio at pacificsbaseball.com or on Twitter @SRPacifics.

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