With the offense still in the doldrums, Pittsburg pitchers got even stingier allowing the Diamonds to squeak out a 3-2 victory over the slumping Pacifics. The win gave the Diamonds a 4-2 record for the week.
Starter Travis Blakley went six innings scattering eight hits, striking out 11 and giving up just two runs (one earned). Cam Hatch (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings and picked up the win. Sean Johnson shut the door in the ninth, earning his fourth save.
In the fifth inning, with two runners on, Gabriel Bracamonte drove them in with double into right field. With the score tied at two in the eighth inning, Joel Carranza singled, went to second on a balk and scored when Patrick O’Donnell’s scorching grounder went off of Brent Gillespie’s glove and into No Man’s Land.
Though the run was unearned, Jose Casilla (3-2) was on the mound for San Rafael at the time and took the loss.
The Diamonds are back in sole possession of fourth place. The Pacifics – who seemed to be Destiny’s Child at one point this season – are reeling after a 1-5 week that has sliced their lead over Sonoma to one game.
After a day off, the Diamonds will begin a two-game series against the fifth place Napa Silverados on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Winter Chevrolet Stadium in City Park in Pittsburg.