Sunday, July 22, 2018

PITCHERS SALVAGE WINNING WEEK WITH 3-2 VICTORY


                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.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

DEFEAT 5-2


                A second straight night of offensive futility doomed what should have been a competitive pitching performance as Pittsburg lost to San Rafael 5-2.

                Symbolic of the low-octane offense was the major hit for the second game in a row: a solo homerun, this time by Gabriel Bracamonte.  The Diamonds other run scored on a double play ball with runners at the corners.

                Dakota Freese (2-4) went 6 2/3 innings against his old teammates giving up five runs (four earned) and striking out seven. He took the loss. Max Beatty (8-1) pitched a complete game for the Pacifics and picked up a league leading eighth victory.

                The first-place Pacifics came into the game having lost four in a row.

                The two teams will close out the two-game set on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. at Albert Field in San Rafael.

Friday, July 20, 2018

DEFEAT 4-1


                Rafael Valera’s solo homerun in the second inning was the lone offensive bright spot for the Diamonds as they went down quietly to Sonoma 4-1.

                Jordan Brink (2-4) and relief pitchers Alex Leach and Sam Agnew-Weiland pitched well enough to keep Pittsburg in the game, but Diamonds runs were not being mined. Brink (2-4) pitched six innings, striking out eight, but he gave up four runs and took the loss.

                Stompers starter Tyler Sharp (2-0) went eight innings giving up just one run and earned the victory. Jacob Cox pitched a scoreless ninth and picked up his 15th save.

                Sonoma shortstop Kam Stewart hit a two-run homerun and had 10 putouts in the field to lead the Stompers.

                The Diamonds now take on the first place Pacifics for two games beginning Saturday at 5 p.m. at Albert Park in San Rafael.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

VICTORY! 9-6


                The Diamonds were relentless, answering every Sonoma score with more offensive output, eventually building a big lead and holding on to victory 9-6. 

                The critical moment came with two outs in the eighth inning with the Diamonds leading 5-3, but the Stompers had the bases loaded. With Rayson Romero at the plate, the ball got behind Pittsburg catcher Stephen Haviar.  As Haviar raced to get it, the Stompers Daniel Baptista broke from third. Haviar picked up the ball and tossed it to Cam Hatch covering. The umpire called Baptista out. The Stompers argued to no avail.

                The Diamonds were led by clutch hits from former Stomper Joel Carranza in the eighth and ninth innings, both times driving in what proved to be important insurance runs. Ryan Lashley – a newly mined Diamond – was 2 for 5 and his first Pittsburg hit was an RBI single in the first.

                Brett Solano (5-3) went 6 2/3 innings giving up three runs and striking out six to get the victory.  Sonoma starter Ethan Gibbons (5-1) pitched six innings giving up three runs (two earned) but took his first loss.

                The two teams will close out their two-game series on Friday at 6:05 p.m. at Arnold Field in Sonoma.

VICTORY! 5-3


                Corey MacDonald returned to form and Joel Carranza blasted his second homerun to lead Pittsburg to a 5-3 victory and a sweep of the two-game series against Martinez.

                MacDonald (3-5) gave up just two runs in 7 1/3 innings pitched in getting the victory.  For the second straight night, Sean Johnson pitched the ninth inning and collected his third save.

                Drue Bravo (0-2) got his first start of the year for the Clippers, giving up five runs in five innings and taking the loss.

                Carranza’s two-run homer in the third gave the Diamonds the lead.  In the sixth inning they combined a walk and four straight singles to score three more runs that would hold up for the win.

                Pittsburg will open a four-game road trip with a game against the Stompers on Thursday at 6:05 p.m. in Sonoma.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

VICTORY! 5-3


                Pittsburg took advantage of Martinez miscues and rode the arm of former major leaguer Travis Blakley to a 5-3 victory. 

                The Clippers committed three errors in the fourth inning as the Diamonds scored three runs. Wes Wallace drove in a run in the second inning and Joel Carranza drove in an insurance run in the seventh.

                Blakley (1-1) pitched eight innings giving up three runs (two earned) and striking out eight. Sean Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his second save.

                Martinez’ starter Jason Harper (2-5) took the loss.

                The two teams will meet again on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Winter Chevrolet Stadium in City Park in Pittsburg.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

VICTORY 4-2


                After a week in which they seemed to find a different way to lose every night, the Diamonds finally remembered how to win. Clutch hitting, good fielding and strong pitching combined to welcome Pittsburg home with a 4-2 win over Napa.

                Jordan Brink (2-3) pitched seven innings giving up just two runs on three hits while striking out 11 and earning the victory. Nicholas Barnese pitched a scoreless ninth inning to get his third save.

                Devon Ramirez (0-2) gave up only three runs on just two hits but took the loss.

                Gabriel Bracamonte had a two-run homer in the first inning and Joel Carranza drove in an insurance run in the eighth to lead the Diamonds offense.

                The two teams will close out their two-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Winter Chevrolet Stadium in City Park in Pittsburg.