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.

Diamonds winning streak, Sonoma losing streak end

Both teams had four game streaks in opposite directions, so tonight’s 9-3 victory for Sonoma over the Diamonds put a halt to both of those recent trends. The Stompers threatened throughout the game. Despite their high run total, they still left 13 men on base.

Stompers starting pitcher Tyler Garkow had his usual sterling performance before being pulled from the game as it was announced he had been picked up to play for the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League.

Yuki Yusuda was 4 for 4 with a run scored and a run batted in to lead the Sonoma. Jose

Garcia hit his fifth homerun for Pittsburg.

Diamonds starter Dennis Neal (3-5) took the loss. Garkow (6-2) got the win.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Diamonds sweep the Pacifics

Diamonds pitcher Travis Blackley finally got a well-deserved win as he pitched Pittsburg to within one game of first place with a 6-4 victory over San Rafael. The win gave the Diamonds a sweep of the Pacifics just as Vallejo was completing a sweep of Sonoma. That means the Admirals and Stompers are tied for first place and Pittsburg is in second one game out.

Gerald Bautista was 2 for 3 with a walk and drove in two runs early to give the Diamonds a lead. Ordomar Valdez was 3 for 4 with a walk and drove in what proved to be the winning run. Wes Wallace provided insurance with an 8th inning home run.

Blackley went eight innings, giving up two runs and striking out nine for his first win. Skylar Shaw-Fuss came into the game in the ninth and put down a San Rafael uprising to earn his first save. Pacifics starter Angel Mejia (1-3) took the loss.

The Diamonds will travel to Sonoma Friday night at 6 p.m. to open a critical three game series with the Stompers.