Sunday, June 17, 2018

Offensive explosion leads to Pittsburg victory over Sonoma

Runs were scored early and continued often for the Pittsburg Diamonds on Sunday who wrapped up their weekend with a 13-4 victory over the visiting Sonoma Stompers.

Pittsburg picked up right where they left off on Saturday night when they defeated the expansion Napa Silverados 14-4. The Diamonds scored three times in the first inning including a Joel Carranza RBI, just his second of the season, and a two-run home run by Wes Wallace. Carranza would finish the game going 3-for-5 driving in four runs while scoring twice.

Yuki Yasuda
Seven players racked up at least one RBI in the route including Wallace (3), Gabriel Bracamonte, Austin Fraker, Patrick O'Donnell, Joe Torre and Yuki Yasuda. Morgan Blatnik went 3-for-4 and two walks while Yasuda also had three hits.

On the mound starter Brett Solano (2-2) pitched six innings giving up four runs and striking out four. Cain Lewis, Nicholas Barnese and Danny Moskovits each pitched an inning of scoreless ball.

Pittsburg (7-9) are off on Monday before traveling to face the San Rafael Pacifics (10-6) for a two-game series beginning Tuesday night. The Pacifics are presently tied for first in the Pacific Association standings with Vallejo Admirals.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Newly mined Diamonds lead Pittsburg to big win over Napa

Diamond newcomers Joel Carranza and Gabriel Bracamonte shined at the plate leading Pittsburg to a 14-5 win at Napa. Feeding off their dramatic eighth inning comeback the night before the Diamonds exploded for 16 hits and more than a dozen runs.

Carranza – the 2016 Pacific Association MVP when playing for Sonoma – went 3-for-5 and scored a run while catcher Bracamonte, playing his first game for Pittsburg, went 2-for-5, had two RBI and scored two runs.

Corey MacDonald (1-2) went 6 1/3 innings to earn the victory. Tyler Sharp (0-1) took the loss for the Silverados.

Pittsburg broke the game open in the seventh inning sending 14 batters to the plate and scoring eight runs.

The Diamonds close the weekend hosting the Sonoma Stompers at 1 p.m. Sunday at Winter Chevrolet Stadium in City Park in Pittsburg.

Pittsburg rally but fall to San Rafael 7-5

Pittsburg had gone 16+ innings in two nights scoring only one run against San Rafael when the stadium lights went out. When they came back on 20 minutes later, it was like an electric current was running through the Diamonds and suddenly they were alive like Frankenstein. Down 4-1 in the eighth inning, with the bases loaded and two outs, Austin Fraker singled to left field, scoring Morgan Blatnik and Patrick O’Donnell. Then with two on, Rafael Valera tripled to drive in two runs and give Pittsburg a 5-4 lead.

Nicholas Barnese (1-1) gave up a three-run double to Ricky Gingras in the ninth to take the loss, but it appears the monster in the Diamonds offense may have been unleashed. Jose Casilla (1-1) got the win for San Rafael.

The Pacifics has 18 hits, but left 11 runners on base. The Diamonds only had one hit before the eighth inning.

The Diamonds will play the Silverados at Napa Valley College on Saturday at 5 p.m. before returning home to close out the weekend with a Sunday 1 p.m. game against Sonoma at Winter Chevrolet Stadium in City Park in Pittsburg.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Pacifics shutout Diamonds

Riding the wave of two shutout victories over Vallejo, the Diamonds found themselves wiping out on the wrong side of a shutout against San Rafael. Pittsburg failed to cash in on numerous scoring opportunities and lost to the Pacifics 5-0.

The Diamonds wasted a third straight outstanding performance by a starting pitcher. Dakota Freese (0-2) pitched six innings giving up just two runs and striking out five. But the Diamonds couldn’t get any runs despite having runners in scoring position in five of the first six innings.

Neil Lang (1-0) made his professional pitching debut for San Rafael and continuously pitched out of trouble. Jose Casilla earned his first save.

Brett Smith made a number of outstanding defensive plays in right field that kept the Diamonds in the game until the Pacifics blew it open with three insurance runs in the ninth inning.

The two teams will close out their series Friday at 6 p.m. at Winter Chevrolet Stadium in City Park in Pittsburg.

Diamonds In the Rough – Series Notes: June 14-15

Diamonds Will Test New Found Momentum Against San Rafael
in first 2018 Meeting Between the Two Clubs

The Pittsburg Diamonds used two sterling performances from starting pitchers Brett Solano and Tyler Stirewalt to halt a losing streak and begin to build momentum. That momentum will be tested as the San Rafael Pacifics come to Winter Chevrolet Stadium for the first time in the 2018 season. Last season the Diamonds finished with a 17-10 record against the Pacifics and will look to grow their two-game winning streak. The Diamonds will send Dakota Freese to the mound for game one and Jordan Brink for game two in hopes to continue their winning ways at home.

Diamonds Starting Pitchers:
Thursday, June 14th, Pittsburg, 6:00pm.: #30 Dakota Freese – Coming into his third start of the season with a record of 0-1 and a 6.00 ERA, the stat line does not look good but for starting pitcher Dakota Freese it has been a tale of two starts. In his season debut against the Sonoma Stompers Freese was sharp posting five innings of work while allowing only three runs and finishing with a no decision. His second start against the Stompers, even though racking up ten strikeouts, Freese did allow five runs and walked five as well. Knowing Freese’s ability to eat innings and total a high strike-out count, the Diamonds will be eager to play behind the 6’4 right hander.
Seasons Stats:

SeasonTeamWLERAGGSSHOSVIPSOBBHSummer 2018Pittsburg Diamonds016.0022001214910

Friday, June 15th, Pittsburg, 6:00pm.: #3 Jordan Brink – Making his debut on the second go around in the Diamonds rotation, Brink struggled with location in his 3.1 innings of work but did manage to strikeout five batters in the process. He was gifted the loss in his first start of the season but in three innings of work Brink gave up only two earned runs. Given some math, one can conclude that Brink would have walked away with a quality start. Expect the best from Brink as he makes his second start in a Diamonds uniform.
Season Stats:

SeasonTeamWLERAGGSSHOSVIPSOBBHSummer 2018Pittsburg Diamonds015.4011003.1550

From the Diamond Mine:

Surfs Up for the Pacifics! -- The Pacifics come into the two-game series with a record of 7-5 and with one of the Pacific Association’s most feared rosters. On the offensive side, the Pacifics boast the players with the highest batting average (Javion Randle) and RBI total (Brent Gillespie). For the pitching staff, starter Jared Koenig is tied for the Pacific Association lead in wins (2) and leads the league in strikeouts (23).

O’Donnell, Blatnik Latest One-Two Punch in the Lineup -- Patrick O’Donnell has been a spark plug at the top of the order with a batting average at .318 and a team leading .843 OPS. Utility man Morgan Blatnik has found a home with the Diamonds while batting .353 with 2 HR and 7 RBI’s in his last seven games.

Diamonds Dollar Days Make the Ballgame Even Cheaper! – Tickets to the Diamonds games are only $7 each, but there are myriad ways to even cut that minor cost. Kids five and under are free all year.  Those between the ages of six and 12 can get admission for just $1 Tuesday through Thursday as part of the Diamonds Dollar Days.  Plus, on Sundays, any little leaguer wearing his or her team jersey can go to the game for just $1. A Diamonds Family Four-Pack of tickets is a big savings at $20 and season tickets are still available at $100 for the whole year.

Diamonds Announce Roster Changes – The Diamonds welcomed 2016 Pacific Association Most Valuable Player Joel Carranza to the team via free agency. Carranza, who was playing baseball in Japan, made his Diamonds debut Tuesday night against the Vallejo Admirals and hopes to get his first Diamonds hit against San Rafael. Former Diamonds coach Joe Torre has also signed with the team following the release of J.J Wagner.

So Many Ways to Inspect the Diamonds – If you can’t make it out to the ballgame, don’t despair. You have all kinds of ways to catch the action.  Every game of the season will be broadcast on with the pre-game show “Runs!Hits!Aaron!” featuring Diamonds manager Aaron Miles airing ten minutes before the start of each game.  Friday and Saturday home games will be televised by Delta TV and will be shown on cable access channels throughout Central and Eastern Contra Costa County. Many other home games will be streamed live by Bay Area Sports Television which can be seen at  The Voice of the Diamonds Tony Schultz and Scott Macdonald will deliver the play-by-play for all the games.  A link to each broadcast source can be found on the Diamonds website,

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Stirewalt helps Diamonds shutout Vallejo for second straight night

Diamonds pitching held the league leading Vallejo Admirals to 18 scoreless innings while sweeping the two-game series. After Brett Solano lead a 1-0 victory on Tuesday with shutout pitching, Tyler Stirewalt (2-0) went 7 2/3 innings giving up no runs and striking out five on Wednesday. Cain Spangler finished the game earning his second save.

Yuki Yasuda was the offensive star of the night, going 3-for-4 scoring the first two runs of the night. Morgan Blatnik was 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and two RBI’s.

Frank Valentino (1-2) pitched well but took the loss for Vallejo which has lost two in a row for the first time this season.

Pittsburg first baseman Jordan Van Atta was 1-for-3 with an RBI before injuring himself diving back into first base. He was taken to a hospital for review.

The Diamonds will take on San Rafael for the first time this season as the Pacifics come to town for two games. The first game will be Thursday at 6 p.m. at Winter Chevrolet Stadium in City Park in Pittsburg.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Smooth Solano squeezes Diamonds to 1-0 victory

Steady-as-she-goes Brett Solano gave the Diamonds struggling offense just what it needed: a shutout pitching performance. With help from relievers Nicholas Barnese and Danny Moskowits, Solano shut down the high-flying Vallejo Admirals and made the Diamonds one run stand up for a 1-0 victory.

Facing their 2018 nemesis Martin Cronin who had already pitched 13 scoreless innings against them, Pittsburg was well aware of the challenge the night held. But in the fifth they broke the Cronin goose egg when Patrick O’Donnell singled and Jordan Van Atta doubled to plate O’Donnell.

Solano (1-2), et al, made it stand up and the Diamonds broke a five-game losing streak. Cronin (2-1) – despite another incredible night on the mound – took the loss. Moskowits got credit for his third save.

Everyone was sending good thoughts to Admirals’ first baseman Graylin Derke who got hit in the head during batting practice and was sent to the hospital for precautionary examination.

The teams will close their two-game set Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Winter Chevrolet Stadium in City Park in Pittsburg.