Sunday, April 22, 2018

Diamonds select five in league draft

2018 Pittsburg Diamonds draftees

On April 21 the Pacific Association held its annual open tryout and draft. All six league member clubs drafted players who were there ready to showcase their skills.

Pittsburg Diamonds were no exception drafting five players, which included three pitchers:

1) Nicholas Barnese, RHP - Simi Valley, CA

  • 2007 MLB Draft - 3rd Round by Tampa Bay Rays
  • Played six seasons with the Rays organization (2007-2012)
  • Last played for the St. Paul Saints (2014) compiling a 6-9 record, 3.85 ERA
2) Marc-Richard Culmer, OF - Nassau, Bahamas
3) Jerome Hill II, OF - Pittsburg, CA
  • Pittsburg HS graduate
  • Los Medonos College (2014-2015) Bay Valley All-Conference 1st Team in 2015
  • Dixie State (2016-2017) 36 AB .389 avg.
4) Danny Moskovits, RHP - Newport Beach, CA
  • Harvard (2011-2014)
  • Two+ seasons (2014-2016) in the Can-Am League
  • Last played with Laredo (American Association) in 2016
5) Alex Leach, RHP - Modesto, CA
The 2018 Pacific Association regular season gets underway on May 31.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Pacific Association Tryout and Draft information

The 2018 Pacific Association Tryout and Draft is scheduled for April 21 at Albert Park in San Rafael. All six league teams will be present and a league-wide draft will follow the event.

Players can register now here

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Diamonds season finale on Thursday in Pittsburg

The Pittsburg Diamonds close another Pacific Association season on Thursday facing the Sonoma Stompers. Game time at Winter Chevrolet Stadium is scheduled for 6:30 PM.

The game will be important for the Stompers, who won the league first half title. Sonoma is presently tied with the Vallejo Admirals in the chase of the second half pennant. Vallejo is trying to force a playoff for the league championship.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Diamonds swept at red-hot Vallejo

Gerald Bautista hit a three-run home run against his former team, but it wasn't enough as the Diamonds dropped their third-straight to Vallejo last night 8-5. It was the final matchup between the teams this season with Pittsburg ending the season series at 14-13.

It was the 12th homer of the season for Bautista who already has a career-high 39 RBI. The sure-handed infielder also has posted a career best 48 runs scored, 14 doubles and 26 walks.

The victory moved Vallejo (20-13) into first place in the chase for the second half title, one game ahead of Sonoma. The Admirals host the Stompers this weekend with much on the line. With just six games remaining in the regular season Pittsburg (15-18) is five games back.

The Diamonds begin a three game weekend series at San Rafael tonight before closing the season at home next week.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Stirewalt sent to Fargo

Pittsburg Diamonds pitcher Tyler Stirewalt has been traded to the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks of the American Association. The 26-year old will be returning to the club where he began the 2016 season before bouncing around the indy league circuit.

Stirewalt made 13 starts this Pacific Association season compiling a 7-4 record and 3.53 ERA. In 84 innings the right hander struck out 72 batters while walking just 46.

A 2013 MLB Draft choice of the Minnesota Twins, Stirewalt is the first Diamonds player to advance in 2017.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Stompers sweep winning finale 9-4


The Stompers took advantage of Pittsburg’s pitching errors and poor fielding in the seventh inning to blow open a 3-1 ball game with six runs. Sonoma eventually won 9-4, sweeping the series against the Diamonds.

Centerfielder Matt Hibbert lead the Sonoma barrage going 5 for 5 with three runs scored. A three-run homerun by Gerald Bautista and a solo shot by centerfielder Wes Wallace were Pittsburg’s only highlights.

Stompers starter Juan Espinosa (6-3) gave up just one run in seven innings pitched. The Diamonds starter Michael Gunn (4-3) struck out nine batters but gave up eight runs in 6 1/3 innings and took the loss.

Pittsburg will open a three-game series against the Pacifics on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in San Rafael.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Disastrous 8th inning destroys promising performance

Twice tonight the Diamonds built a four-run lead but could not hold it, finally succumbing to an eight-run eighth inning for Sonoma that featured bad pitching and poor fielding for Pittsburg and a bases-clearing triple by Stompers third baseman Scott David. Sonoma won 11-7.

Lead by catcher Alex McKeon who was 3 for 4 with two runs batted in, the Diamonds took a 7-3 lead into the bottom of the eighth. Joe Lewis pitched a third of the eighth inning, giving up six runs, though only two were earned because of Pittsburg miscues. Joe Mello (1-1) followed giving up two more runs and taking the loss.

Zach Wendorf (1-0) pitched a scoreless top of the eighth for Sonoma and got the victory.

The Arnold Field lights went out for about a half hour in the bottom of the seventh inning. No reason was given for the outage and play resumed once the lights were restored.

The two teams will play the final game of their series Sunday at 6 p.m. in Sonoma.