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 Ends

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.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Diamonds down Pacifics, extend win-streak to three

With the bottom third of the batting order driving in five runs, the Diamonds used a committee of pitchers to hold back San Rafael and win their third in a row 6-4. Their win streak matches Sonoma’s losing streak which stretched to three games today and left the Diamonds just two games out of first place.

Seventh place hitter Javier Marticorena was 1 for 3 with two runs scored and a run batted in. Hitting eighth, Jose Garcia was 2 for 4 with a three-run homerun. The number nine hitter, Joseph Randazzo – making his first start at catcher for Pittsburg – went 3 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI.

Brett Solano made his starting debut for the Diamonds giving up three earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. Joe Mello (1-0) – who along with Angel Lara and Sam Agnew-Weiland allowed no runs – got the victory in relief. Jordan Brink pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 10th save. Nick DeBarr (3-5) took the loss for San Rafael.

Pittsburg will be looking for a sweep in the series Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Winter Chevrolet Stadium.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

MacDonald is superb in Diamonds win

Corey MacDonald pitched a strong seven innings while the Diamonds offense got some timely hits to take a win over San Rafael 5-2. Combined with Sonoma’s loss to Vallejo, the win put the Diamonds three games behind the Stompers and one game behind the Admirals with 20 to play.

Pittsburg got 12 hits lead by Wes Wallace (3 doubles, 2 runs batted in), Yiecok Calderon (2 for 3, 2 RBI’s) and Jose Garcia (2 for 4).

MacDonald (5-4) gave up two runs in seven innings, striking out five to get the win. Jordan Brink pitched a scoreless ninth inning to get his ninth save. The Pacifics’ James McReynolds (2-4) took the loss.

The teams will play game two of their series Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. at Winter Chevrolet Stadium.

Diamonds in the rough – August 8, 2017


Diamonds Salvage a Win against Vallejo and Hope to Turn That into Momentum as They Take on San Rafael, the Team That Will Be Their Most Familiar Opponent Down the Stretch

With just 21 games left in the season, the second half title chase is on. The new look Vallejo Admirals have left town to see if their new prowess will be effective against league-leading Sonoma. The Diamonds welcome the Pacifics to Winter Chevrolet Stadium hoping to add to the win column before their own big weekend series against the Stompers. 
SECOND HALF
Pacific Association     W        L          PCT     GB      STREAK        LAST 10
Sonoma Stompers       12        6          0.667   -               1L                   5-5
Vallejo Admirals         9          9          0.500   3              1L                   7-3
Pittsburg Diamonds    8          10        0.444   4              1W                 5-5
San Rafael Pacifics     7          11        0.389   5              1W                 3-7

Here are the Diamonds’ probable starting pitchers for the upcoming series:

Tuesday, August 8, Winter Chevrolet Stadium, 6:30 p.m. – TBD

Wednesday, August 9, Winter Chevrolet Stadium, 6:30 p.m. –  He has pitched in 11 games this season, but Corey MacDonald (4-4) has not faced San Rafael all year. The righthander from Davis is third in the league for earned run average at 2.81. His last game was a no decision against the Stompers in Sonoma where he went six innings giving up four runs.
His stats:
Season Team   W        L          ERA    G         GS       SHO    SV       IP        SO       BB       H
Summer 2017  4          4          2.81     11        10        0          0          64        42        28        55

Thursday, August 10, Winter Chevrolet Stadium, 6:30 p.m. – After a week on the inactive list, Dennis Neal (3-4) is expected to be activated to start this game. The tall lefthander has faced the Pacifics once before this year. On July 9th, he gave up just one earned run in seven innings and earned the win in an 8-6 Diamonds victory.  His stats:
Season Team   W        L          ERA    G         GS       SHO    SV       IP        SO       BB       H
Summer 2017  3          4          4.53     9          8          0          0          43.2     29        15        56

Get Used to Playing the Pacifics – Just 21 games left in the Pacific Association season and they are not evenly distributed. Sunday was Vallejo’s final visit of the year to Pittsburg. The Admirals and Diamonds have three games left in Vallejo.  The Diamonds have six games left with the Stompers: three in Sonoma this weekend and then the last three games of the year at home. Pittsburg has 12 more games left against San Rafael, six at home and six away.

Diamonds in Thick of Battle for Individual Titles – Diamonds first baseman Vinny Guglietti’s average (.373) has come down from the astronomical .400+ range but he still leads the nearest competitor by almost 50 points….and that would be Pittsburg right fielder Yiecok Calderon at .324.  Guglietti with 52 runs batted in is ted with Sonoma’s Joel Carranza for second in that statistic behind San Rafael’s Jake Taylor who has 54 RBI’s. Taylor also leads in homeruns with 17. Diamonds centerfielder Wes Wallace is tied for third with 12 homers.  Tyler Stirewalt leads the league in victories with 7 and Corey MacDonald is third in earned run average at 2.81 behind league leader Tyrelle Harris of the Stompers at 2.30.

Special Events Will Add to August Excitement – Along with a title chase, it is special events month at Winter Chevrolet Stadium. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:
August 9 – Sutter Delta Night
August 10 – Back to School Night. First 50 children receive a school supplies packet!
August 19 – Italian Heritage Night. Celebrate all things Italian with the Italian-American Club!
August 20 – Aaron Miles Bobblehead Day. First 100 fans will receive a bobblehead doll of the Diamonds manager.
August 31 – Roto-Care Night.  A $20 ticket will buy a seat, a tri-tip dinner and a contribution to Roto-Care, the no-questions-asked health clinic for adults sponsored by the Rotary Club. The Diamonds will match contributions up to $1,000.

Mine the Diamonds – It wasn’t easy to find the 3,106.57 carat Cullinan diamond, the largest ever mined. It’s easier to find the Pittsburg Diamonds. The best way is to come on down to Winter Chevrolet Stadium at Civic and Railroad in Pittsburg. Seven dollar tickets are available at www.DiamondsProBall.com. All of the games can be heard on www.Mixlr.com. The Voice of the Diamonds Tony Schultz and Scott Macdonald call all the action.  Ten minutes before the scheduled first pitch you can hear “Runs!Hits!Aaron!” the Diamonds pre-game show featuring manager Aaron Miles.
Friday and Saturday August 18 and 19 the games will be televised by Delta TV available on Channel 24 on Comcast and Channel 99 on Uverse. Delta TV’s coverage also is streamed live on the City of Pittsburg’s website. Search “diamonds.” Sunday home games and others are streamed live by www.BayAreaSports.tv.

Direct links to all of this coverage can be found on the Diamonds home page.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Diamonds Batters Succumb Again to Admirals Pitching, Vallejo Wins 6-4



Diamonds Batters Succumb Again to Admirals Pitching, Vallejo Wins 6-4

            Pittsburg continued its run of anemic offensive performances, producing just four hits on the way to a 6-4 loss to Vallejo.

            Tillman Pugh, Mike Blanke and Shawn Payne hit home runs and David Kiriakos went 3 for 4 and scored a run to lead the Admirals’ assault.

            Michael Gunn (4-2) went six innings, giving up five runs and took the loss. Vallejo starter David Dinelli (2-5) got the win and Sammy Gervacio pitched the ninth to earn his 11th save.


            The two teams will play their final game of the series Sunday at 1 p.m. at Winter Chevrolet Stadium.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Weak on Offense, Poor on Defense, Diamonds Lose 7-1



Weak on Offense, Poor on Defense, Diamonds Lose 7-1

            Vallejo debuted a new starting pitcher who shut down the Diamonds, while three errors on the usually impeccable Jose Garcia opened the flood gates for the Admirals who won 7-1.
           
             Melvin Morel (1-0) mowed through the Pittsburg batting order, not allowing a hit until the sixth inning. That hit – a smoking line drive off the bat of Javier Marticorena – slammed into Morel’s lower abdomen before he had any chance to catch it. Morel finished the sixth inning without giving up a run but did not pitch after that.
            
             Travis Blakley (0-3) pitched seven innings for the Diamonds giving up seven runs, though only four were earned because of the defensive gaffes by Garcia.
            
             Admiral centerfielder Tillman Pugh went 3 for 4 with a homerun to lead the Vallejo offense.
           
            The two teams will meet again on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Winter Chevrolet Stadium. Fans are being asked to bring canned goods to donate to the Contra Costa/Solano Food Bank. Collection bins will be located at the entry gate. The Diamonds will donate half the ticket proceeds to the Food Bank.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Diamonds Can’t Hold Lead, Stompers Avoid Sweep 8-6


Diamonds Can’t Hold Lead, Stompers Avoid Sweep 8-6

            Looking to sweep the three-game series and pull within one game of the first place Stompers, Pittsburg had a 6-4 lead into the late innings. But a four-run Stomper seventh inning kept the brooms at bay and sent Sonoma home an 8-6 winner.

            Sonoma third baseman Scott David was 3 for 3 with three RBI’s and two runs scored to lead the Stompers. The league’s leading hitter, Diamonds first baseman Vinny Guglietti, broke out of his recent slump, going 3 for 4 with two runs batted in and two runs scored.

            Diamonds reliever Angel Lara (2-3) pitched 2/3 of an inning, giving up three runs and took the loss. Stompers starter Juan Espinosa (5-2) lasted seven innings giving up six runs, but got the win. The save went to Jacob Cox who pitched a scoreless final inning and a third.

            The Diamonds open a three-game series against Vallejo Friday night at 6:30 at Winter Chevrolet Stadium in Pittsburg.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Neal’s Strong Start and Line-up Long List of Offensive Stars Power 6-4 Win




Neal’s Strong Start and Line-up Long List of Offensive Stars Power 6-4 Win

            Dennis Neal delivered a strong start – five innings, two earned runs – and a menagerie of Diamonds provided the six runs to victory as Pittsburg defeated Sonoma 6-4.

            Jose Garcia, who was 2 for 4 with a run scored, lead the offense and Gerald Bautista’s ninth inning home run provided insurance as Pittsburg moved back to .500 in the second half of the season and within two games of the first place Stompers.

            Four Diamonds relievers followed Neal (3-4) to the mound holding the Stompers scoreless despite having the bases loaded in the eighth and two runners on in the ninth.

            The Diamonds will have a chance to sweep the series when the two teams meet Thursday at 6 p.m. in Sonoma.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Diamonds Go Long, Stirewalt is Stalwart in 6-2 Victory Over Sonoma



Diamonds Go Long, Stirewalt is Stalwart in 6-2 Victory Over Sonoma

Three Diamonds homered as starter Tyler Stirewalt kept Sonoma at bay and Pittsburg got an important victory over the Stompers 6-2.

Stirewalt (6-4) allowed just one run in six innings and got the win. He now leads the Pacific Association in victories with six. Five relievers followed him to the mound but only one more run scored for Sonoma.

A two-run homer by Gerald Bautista and solo shots for Ordomar Valdez and Wes Wallace powered the Diamonds offense.

Stompers starter Taylor Thurber (3-1) gave up four runs and took his first loss to Pittsburg.


The teams will continue their series Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Sonoma.

DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH – SERIES NOTES, AUGUST 1, 2017



DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH – SERIES NOTES, AUGUST 1, 2017
Diamonds Will Try to Carry the Momentum from Winning the Vallejo Series
Into Another Critical Set Against the Sonoma Stompers

The Diamonds turned away threat after threat from Vallejo on Sunday, finally winning the game 5-4 as the Admirals left runners at second and third when the final out was recorded. The victory earned Pittsburg the series win and gave them some much needed momentum into this week’s play against the first-half champion Stompers.  Sonoma meanwhile was losing a series at home to San Rafael making some wonder if the super team is slowing down. Starting the series four games out of first place, here are the Diamonds’ starting pitchers:

Tuesday, August 1, Sonoma, 6 p.m. – Tied with the Stompers Tyler Garkow for most wins in the Pacific Association, Tyler Stirewalt (5-4) will take the mound for Pittsburg. The right hander has an earned run average of 3.22.  In his last start against the Stompers, Stirewalt went 5 2/3 innings as part of a combination of pitchers throwing a shutout and took the victory in the 2-0 win. His stats:
Season Team   W        L          ERA    G         GS       SHO    SV       IP        SO       BB       H
Summer 2017  5          4          3.22     11        10        0          0          67        54        34        57

Wednesday, August 2, Sonoma, 6 p.m. – He has personally taken the loss in three defeats at the hands of the Stompers, so tonight Dennis Neal (2-4) will be looking for his first victory this year against Sonoma. His last start the tall lefthander lasted only 1 1/3 innings giving up six runs, four of them earned, taking the loss. His stats:
Season Team   W        L          ERA    G         GS       SHO    SV       IP        SO       BB       H
Summer 2017  2          4          4.65     8          7          0          0          38.2     27        13        49

Thursday, August 3, Sonoma, 6 p.m. – Coming off seven innings of shutout pitching in his last outing, Corey MacDonald (4-4) at 2.48 is number two in the league in earned run average behind Sonoma’s Tyrelle Harris. Against the stompers this year the right-hander out of Davis has won one, lost two and had a no decision. He is the Diamonds most consistently effective pitcher. His stats:
Season Team   W        L          ERA    G         GS       SHO    SV       IP        SO       BB       H
Summer 2017  4          4          2.48     10        9          0          0          58        39        22        49

Rising Gems – A crew of Diamonds is making a rush up the batting average ladder with a week of hot hitting. Last Tuesday, third baseman B.J. Guinn was hitting .214. Tonight, he will start the game at .333.  A week ago, Yiecok Calderon was hitting .316. Now after a torrid week that included five homeruns, the Diamonds designated hitter/right fielder is hitting .339.

Don’t Let It Become Whine Country – Home to some of the world’s best wine grapes and vintners Sonoma has a reputation as a beautiful, relaxing place to visit. For the Diamonds, not so much. Though they split six games in Sonoma in the first half, the first visit in the second half was a series sweep for the Stompers that included two walk-off victories. The Diamonds are now 3-6 against the Stompers in Sonoma and 0-6 against them at home. Those are numbers that must be turned around if Pittsburg wants to compete for the second half championship.

No Dog Days of Summer Here, August is Special Events Month – Look at what’s coming up. All events are at Winter Chevrolet Stadium in Pittsburg.
August 5 – Contra Costa/Solano Food Bank Night. Bring canned foods. Diamonds donate half of the proceeds from the tickets sold
August 6 – Pet Adoption Day
August 9 – Sutter Delta Night
August 10 – Back to School Night. First 50 children receive a school supplies packet!
August 19 – Italian Heritage Night. Celebrate all things Italian with the Italian-American Club!
August 20 – Aaron Miles Bobblehead Day. First 100 fans will receive a bobblehead doll of the Diamonds manager.
August 31 – Roto-Care Night.  A $20 ticket will buy a seat, a tri-tip dinner and a contribution to Roto-Care, the no-questions-asked health clinic for adults sponsored by the Rotary Club. The Diamonds will match contributions up to $1,000.


Finding These Diamonds Is Easy – As usual, Diamonds baseball is available to you in a wide assortment of ways. The most fun is attending a game at Winter Chevrolet Stadium in Pittsburg across from City Hall. Tickets are available at www.DiamondsProBall.com. If you cannot attend, you can hear all the games – including the upcoming three from Sonoma – via internet radio, Mixlr.com. The voice of the Diamonds Tony Schultz and Scott Macdonald call all the action. The play-by-play can be found by going to www.DiamondsProBall.com and clicking on “live broadcast.” On Friday and Saturday, the Diamonds home games will be televised by Delta TV, available on Channel 24 on Comcast, Channel 99 on Uverse and streamed live on the City of Pittsburg website (search Diamonds). Sunday’s game will be televised by www.BayAreaSports.tv. You can find the live stream on their website. Telecasts can also be found by going the Diamonds homepage and clicking on the appropriate link.

Diamonds look to strike out hunger



DIAMONDS LOOKING TO STRIKE OUT HUNGER ON FOOD BANK NIGHT AUG. 5

            PITTSBURG – Pittsburg’s professional baseball team is partnering with its fans to help strike out hunger. Fans attending the Saturday, August 5 game against Vallejo are being asked to bring cans of non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

            The Diamonds will be donating half of the revenue from ticket sales for the game to the food bank.

            One in eight people in Contra Costa and Solano Counties turns to the Food Bank for emergency or supplemental food according to Food Bank statistics.

            “This is a great opportunity to partner with our fans to take on a serious issue while enjoying the family fun of Diamonds baseball,” said team owner Khurram Shah. “Fans are asked to bring cans of tuna or chicken, beans and lentils, jars of peanut butter, any kind of nutritious food.”


            More information is available on the team’s website: www.DiamondsProBall.com.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Calderon, Guinn Homeruns Are Just Enough in 5-4 Victory




Calderon, Guinn Homeruns Are Just Enough in 5-4 Victory

            A three-run homerun by B.J. Guinn in the fifth inning and a two-run homerun by Yiecok Calderon in the seventh provided all of the Diamonds’ runs and they were just enough as Pittsburg held back a continually threatening Vallejo to win 5-4.

            In the bottom of the ninth the Admirals had runners at second and third with one out but San Agnew-Weiland struck out Graylin Derke and Shawn Payne hit a comebacker to allow the Diamonds to escape with the win.  Vallejo left 12 runners on base in the game.

            Pittsburg starter Michael Gunn (4-1) gave up one run and struck out eight in six innings pitched to earn the win. Agnew-Weiland got his first save. David Dinelli (1-5) took the loss for the Admirals.

            The Diamonds start a three-game series against the league leading Sonoma Stompers on Tuesday in Sonoma.


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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Tight Ballgame Blown Open by Admirals Who Win 12-4



Tight Ballgame Blown Open by Admirals Who Win 12-4

            As late as the fifth inning the score was tied, but four Vallejo runs in the bottom of the fifth and the eighth blew open a close game and the Admirals won 12-4.

            With two homeruns and four RBI’s, Chris Fornaci lead the Admirals offense. Javier Marticorena and Yiecok Calderon homered for Pittsburg in the losing effort.

            Travis Blakley (0-2) had his least effective start for the Diamonds and took the loss. Demetrius Banks (1-2) came on in relief of Peter Reyes for the Admirals and shut down Pittsburg to earn the victory.


            The rubber match of the three-game series will be Sunday at 1:05 p.m. in Vallejo.

Friday, July 28, 2017

MacDonald Shuts ‘Em Down, Calderon, Marticorena Light ‘Em Up, Diamonds win 11-0




MacDonald Shuts ‘Em Down, Calderon, Marticorena Light ‘Em Up, Diamonds win 11-0

            Corey MacDonald – with relief help from Angel Lara – shutout Vallejo while Yiecok Calderon and Javier Marticorena tore up the baseball enroute to an 11-0 Diamonds victory.

            Both Calderon and Marticorena had a homerun among their combined seven hits. Jose Garcia was 2 for 3 with two walks, both hits coming off his brother Eli Garcia.

            MacDonald (4-4) pitched seven shutout innings, collecting six strikeouts on his way to earning the win.  Christopher DeLeon (2-5) lasted just 1 1/3 innings and took the loss.

            The two teams will meet again Saturday at 5:05 p.m. in Vallejo.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Diamonds Fall Behind Early, Can’t Get Back in Game, Lose 10-4



Diamonds Fall Behind Early, Can’t Get Back in Game, Lose 10-4

            Chevy Clarke lead off the game with a homerun and shortstop David Kiriakos continued his torrid hitting as the Vallejo Admirals opened a big lead early and never looked back, beating Pittsburg 10-4. Kiriakos went 10 for 14 in the three-game series including three hits tonight.

            B.J. Guinn hit a two-run homerun for the Diamonds who had opportunities but couldn’t get the timely hits to close the gap.

            Dennis Neal (2-4) started for Pittsburg but lasted only 1 1/3 innings giving up six runs --four of them earned – and took the loss. Brett Solano made his professional debut pitching 4 2/3 innings for the Diamonds and was charged with three earned runs.

            Marquis Hutchison (4-5) pitched into the eighth inning and got the win for Vallejo which won its first series of the season against the Diamonds.


            The two teams move to Vallejo tomorrow to begin a three-game set at 6:35 p.m. at Wilson Field.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Diamonds Bats Fail Stirewalt, Admirals Win 4-2



Diamonds Bats Fail Stirewalt, Admirals Win 4-2

            Diamonds starter Tyler Stirewalt gave up only three runs in seven innings pitched, but a combination of five Vallejo pitchers held Pittsburg to just two runs and the Admirals won 4-2.

            Vallejo shortstop David Kiriakos continued to feast on Pittsburg pitching – he has seven hits in 10 plate appearances in this series – as the Admirals opened up a 4-0 lead in three innings and then held on.

           Mahlik Jones gave up one run in five innings pitched and got the victory. Sammy Gervasio pitched a scoreless night and got his eighth save. Stirewalt took the loss.


            The rubber match of the three-game series will be Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Winter Chevrolet Stadium.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Familiar Tale: Diamonds Take Huge Lead Against Vallejo, Hold On For Victory




Familiar Tale: Diamonds Take Huge Lead Against Vallejo, Hold On For Victory

            Homeruns by Gerald Bautista, B.J. Guinn and Yiecok Calderon led the Pittsburg Diamonds to a 12-2 lead over Vallejo. But a three-run homer by Shawn Payne and a blistering 4 for 5 night for David Kiriakos lead a charge by the Admirals to pull within three runs before they finally succumbed 14-10.

            Diamonds starter Michael Gunn (3-1) pitched a rocky five innings giving up eight runs though only three were earned. He got the win. Skyler Shaw-Fuss and Sam Agnew-Weiland – who both had trouble in their most recent outings – pitched well in relief.

            David Dinelli (1-4) gave up 12 runs, nine of them earned, in four innings and got the loss.

            The two teams meet again Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Winter Chevrolet Stadium in Pittsburg.

            

DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH – SERIES NOTES, JULY 25, 2017



DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH – SERIES NOTES, JULY 25, 2017
Diamonds Look to Get Back on Track After a Weekend of Difficult Losses to the Stompers. Starting Pitching and Offense are Strong Points, Bullpen is a Concern

            Picking themselves up after being laid low by two consecutive walk-off losses to Sonoma, the Pittsburg Diamonds welcome Vallejo back to Winter Chevrolet Stadium. The Diamonds lost all three games in the wine country and at 2-6 are already four games behind the undefeated Stompers. The Admirals were swept by San Rafael over the weekend and have a second-half record of 1-5. Here’s a look at the expected starting pitchers for Pittsburg:

Tuesday, July 25, Winter Chevrolet Stadium, 6:30 p.m. – Back from a blister that sidelined him for awhile in June, Michael Gunn has regained his spot in the starting rotation. The 24-year-old hard-throwing lefthander out of Wilson, Arkansas started his professional career in 2014 as part of the Boston Red Sox organization.  In his last start – July 19 at Vallejo – Gunn earned the win with six innings pitched giving up just one run and striking out seven. His season stats:
Season Team   W        L          ERA    G         GS       SHO    SV       IP        SO       BB       H
Summer 2017  2          1          4.42     9          6          0          0          40.2     49        24        33

Wednesday, July 26, Winter Chevrolet Stadium, 6:30 p.m. – Widely regarded as the team comedian, Tyler Stirewalt has made a serious impression on Pittsburg’s pitching success. After playing at Fresno State, Stirewalt was drafted by the Minnesota Twins. Last Thursday, Stirewalt went eight innings, got eight strikeouts and got the win as the Diamonds defeated Vallejo 9-5. His season stats:
Season Team   W        L          ERA    G         GS       SHO    SV       IP        SO       BB       H
Summer 2017  5          3          3.15     10        9          0          0          60        48        32        48

Thursday, July 27, Winter Chevrolet Stadium, 6:30 p.m. – Starting pitcher to be determined

Diamonds Try to Shake Off Frustrating, Emotional Losses – Having chased Sonoma all of the first half of the season, Pittsburg was determined to make an early statement that it was going to be even tougher competition in the second half. The Diamonds were tough competition all weekend in Sonoma but lost all three. Friday night a tight game was blown open late by the Stompers. On Saturday night, the Diamonds led by a run going into the bottom of the ninth inning, but reliever Jordan Brink could not record an out as Sonoma scored two-runs for a walk-off victory. Sunday night was worse. Pittsburg led by two going into the bottom of the tenth inning, setting the stage for the Stompers centerfielder Matt Hibbert who smashed a three-run homerun for the second walk-off victory in two nights. 

From the Trading Block to the Homerun Trot -- It was a homecoming of sorts last week for Gerald Bautista who was traded from the Vallejo Admirals to the Diamonds with just two weeks left in the first half of the season. As his old and new team kicked off the second half of the season, he did his best to make Vallejo wonder why they got rid of him. Tuesday night he hit an RBI triple off the wall, Wednesday night he sent the ball over the wall for a homerun and Thursday night he drove in two runs with a double.

Diamonds Hope Playing the Admirals Will Right the Ship – They have had some wild, tight ball games, but overall Pittsburg has gotten the better of Vallejo. After taking two of three in the opening series of the second half, Pittsburg is 10-5 on the year against the Admirals – the same record the Diamonds have against San Rafael. Against Sonoma on the year, Pittsburg’s record is 3-12.

 It’s Easy to Find These Diamonds – The Diamonds are rapidly becoming Pittsburg’s reality TV show with expanding coverage of their games streaming online. Of course, the best way to catch the action is to come on down to Winter Chevrolet Stadium and enjoy a summer evening in the covered grandstand. $7 tickets are available at www.DiamondsProBall.com. All games can be heard live on www.Mixlr.com with Tony Schultz and Scott Macdonald calling all the action. The pre-game show “Runs!Hits!Aaron!” featuring Diamonds manager Aaron Miles can be heard ten minutes before the scheduled first pitch each day. A link to the “live broadcast” can be found on the Diamonds’ home page. Friday and Saturday home games are shown live on Delta TV which can be found at Comcast Channel 24, Uverse Channel 99 and also streamed on the City of Pittsburg website (search “Diamonds”). Sunday games and other games are streamed live by www.BayAreaSports.tv. That schedule can be found on their website.


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Sunday, July 23, 2017

McKeon’s Clutch Hit Wasted, Stompers Win in Walk-Off 5-4


McKeon’s Clutch Hit Wasted, Stompers Win in Walk-Off 5-4

            Pittsburg catcher Alex McKeon’s two-out, two-strikes, two-RBI single in the top of the tenth looked to give the Diamonds an extra-inning victory in Sonoma. But in the bottom of the tenth, Matt Hibbert drove a 1-2 pitch into the left field grand stand with two runners on to give the Stompers their second walk-off win in a row, 5-4.

            The two teams were tied at two after a pitchers duel between the Diamonds’ Travis Blakley and Sonoma’s Tyrelle Harris. Yiecok Calderon homered for Pittsburg and Yuki Yasuda homered for the Stompers.

            Joe Lewis (2-1) took the loss. Jacob Cox (4-2) gave up two runs in the tenth but got the win.


            The Diamonds will open a three-game series against Vallejo on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Winter Chevrolet Stadium in Pittsburg.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Diamonds Take Lead Into the Ninth, Lose 6-5



Diamonds Take Lead Into the Ninth, Lose 6-5

            On the verge of collecting their first win of the second half over the defending champions, the Diamonds helped Sonoma score the tying run and then the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to snatch away the victory 6-5.

            On the strength of two homeruns by Wes Wallace and another by Vinny Guglietti, Pittsburg took a 5-4 lead in to the bottom of the ninth.  Jordan Brink walked the first two batters and gave up a single to Marcus Bradley which drove in Isaac Wenrich to tie the score. With no outs and the infield and outfield pulled in, Brennan Metzger punched a soft infield hit to send Mesa Miyadera to the plate with the winning run.

            Brink (1-3) got the loss. D.J. Sharabi (4-2) got the win in relief.


            The two teams will finish their three-game series Sunday at 6 p.m. in Sonoma.

Close Game Blown Up by Stompers Offensive Explosion, Sonoma Wins 10-1




Close Game Blown Up by Stompers Offensive Explosion, Sonoma Wins 10-1

            A pitchers duel tied at one after 5 ½ innings, gave way to nine Sonoma runs over the final three innings as the Stompers won big going away. 10-1.

 A scoreless battle between the Diamonds’ Dennis Neal and the Stompers’ Tyler Thurber was broken in the bottom of the fifth when Matt LoCoco doubled home Masa Mayadera to give Sonoma a 1-0 lead. In the sixth, Vinny Gugliettli answered with an opposite field solo homerun for Pittsburg.

The Stompers followed with two runs in the sixth, and a run in the seventh before the bottom fell out with six runs in the eighth inning. Thurber (3-0) got the win. Neal (2-3) gave up just two earned runs in almost six innings but took the loss.


 The teams will face off in game two of their series Saturday at 6 p.m. in Sonoma.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Diamonds offense provides cushion in Pittsburg victory

Pittsburg’s offense provided the cushion as Diamonds starter Tyler Stirewalt did not have his best outing and the men in black beat Vallejo 9-5 to take the series 2-1. Javier Marticorena, Yiecok Calderon and Gerald Bautista each had two RBI’s as the Pittsburg scored nine runs in the first two innings and held on.

Stirewalt (5-3) who came into the game with an earned run average of 2.76, gave up five runs in eight innings on his way to getting the win. Admirals starter Brent Adheen (1-4) could only last into the second inning giving up eight runs and taking the loss.

The Diamonds are 2-1 in the second half and head to Sonoma for a three-game weekend series against the first half champs.

Diamond pitchers “Gunn” down 14, Pittsburg rolls 9-5

Three Diamond pitchers combined to strike out 14 Vallejo batters – seven by starter Michael Gunn – as Pittsburg got its first victory of the second half, 9-5 over the Admirals.

Ordomar Valdez with a three RBI triple and Vinny Guglietti with two hits, two RBI’s and a run scored led the Diamond offense. Pittsburg third basemen Gabriel Bautista hit a long solo homerun to the deepest part of the ballfield.

Gunn (2-1) pitched six innings giving up one run. Vallejo starter David Dinelli (1-3) took the loss.

The rubber match of the series will be Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Vallejo.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Blackley pitches complete game, striking out 11 in Diamonds loss

Vinny Guglietti

Former major leaguer Travis Blackley (0-1) pitched a complete game, struck out 11 and allowed just three earned runs, but two unearned runs were the difference sending Pittsburg to a 5-4 defeat to the start the second half of play in the Pacific Association.

The Vallejo Admirals – who finished last in the first half – are 1-0 after starter Peter Reyes (2-0) gave up three runs in almost six innings of pitching and got the win. Three Admirals relievers pitched into jams and then escaped them. Sammy Gervasio gave up a run in the ninth inning but got his seventh save.

Diamonds right fielder Gerald Bautista got an RBI triple and walked twice in his first game against the team that traded him three weeks ago. The Diamonds left eight runners on base.

Game two of this series that opens the second half will be Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Vallejo.

Diamonds in the rough – series notes, July 18, 2017



DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH – SERIES NOTES, JULY 18, 2017
Thrilling Race to First Half Title Came Up Short but Diamonds Are Hoping
To Learn from That and Capture the Second Half Championship

Come-from-behind and extra inning victories – with a three-run walk-off homerun by J.J. Wagner as the crowning point – filled the Diamonds’ fierce run at the championship for the first half of the Pacific Association season.  Pittsburg, however, came up short, finally being knocked out of the race with just four games left to play. The Diamonds enter the second half of the season with great starting pitching, proven excellence in the field and what many consider to be the best line-up in the league. Can they be consistent enough to win the second-half title? It’s Opening Day all over again as the Diamonds play Vallejo and everyone’s record is 0-0.

Tuesday, July 18, Vallejo, 6:30 p.m. – Former major leaguer Travis Blakley will return to the mound for his third appearance for the Diamonds.  Blakley was every effective in his two starts against the Stompers, shutting them out in his five innings of that first appearance. He will be looking to get the Diamonds off to a good start in the second half.

Wednesday, July 19, Vallejo, 6:30 p.m. – Starting pitcher to be determined.

Thursday, July 20, Vallejo, 6:30 p.m. – Starting pitcher to be determined.

Hello Vallejo!! – Scheduling quirks, driven largely by the need of some teams to share their baseball stadium, created a number of oddities this year. Perhaps the strangest of them all is that Pittsburg did not play a game at Vallejo the entire first half of the season. The Diamonds make their first trip to the City of Opportunity hoping to do as well against the Admirals here as they did at home.

Diamonds’ Home Sweet for Stompers – If you think that last sentence was a cheap way to segue into this next bit, you are correct. The chart below shows you the Diamonds were 8-4 against Vallejo, all of the games at Winter Chevrolet Stadium.



As you can see the Diamonds’ home was sweet for Sonoma where the Stompers went undefeated. Pittsburg – which has primary access to its stadium – played 24 home games and just 15 away games in the first half. Now, that situation and relative advantage will be reversed with 24 road games upcoming.

A Living Tribute to His Dad – The Diamonds were happy to give a warm welcome back to Yiecok Calderon last week.  In the midst of the championship race, the friendly right-fielder with the bright smile was suffering through one of life’s most difficult times: the death of his father. The team gave Calderon a ticket to fly home and be with his family for the services and mourning. Upon his return, Calderon said he wanted to play baseball to honor his father and one of his goals in life now is to work to inform the public about Alzheimer’s Disease.  That night, he hit a homerun.

It’s Easy to Find These Diamonds – The Diamonds are rapidly becoming Pittsburg’s reality TV show with expanding coverage of their games streaming online. Of course, the best way to catch the action is to come on down to Winter Chevrolet Stadium and enjoy a summer evening in the covered grandstand. $7 tickets are available at www.DiamondsProBall.com. All games can be heard live on www.Mixlr.com with Tony Schultz and Scott Macdonald calling all the action. The pre-game show “Runs!Hits!Aaron!” featuring Diamonds manager Aaron Miles can be heard ten minutes before the scheduled first pitch each day. A link to the “live broadcast” can be found on the Diamonds’ home page. Friday and Saturday home games are shown live on Delta TV which can be found at Comcast Channel 24, Uverse Channel 99 and also streamed on the City of Pittsburg website (search “Diamonds”). Sunday games and other games are streamed live by www.BayAreaSports.tv. That schedule can be found on their website.