Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Diamonds in the rough, series notes - June 27


DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH – SERIES NOTES, JUNE 27, 2017
Walk-off Win Could Set the Tone for Rest of Series, Season

Getting an extra day to savor Sunday’s dramatic walk-off victory against Vallejo, the Diamonds will tonight start the second half of their six game homestand against the Admirals. Pittsburg hopes to take advantage of a schedule that gives them 24 home games among the first 39 games that will result in the crowning of the first half Pacific Association champion.

Starting Pitchers:
Tuesday, June 27, 6:30 p.m. – After his surprise appearance on Saturday night in relief of Angel Lara, Tyler Stirewalt (1-2) will return to form as a starter. And what a form he has shown! He is leading the league in earned run average with a paltry 1.93. He has 18 strikeouts and just nine walks. He has pitched twice against Vallejo, getting the win in a victory on June 9.
Season
Team
W
L
ERA
G
GS
SHO
SV
IP
SO
BB
H
Summer 2017
1
2
1.92
5
4
0
0
28
18
9
18

Wednesday, June 28, 6:30 p.m. – Returning from a three-game suspension, Dennis Neal will get his second start of the season. Last Friday, Neal expressed his disapproval of the umpire’s call on a pitch. He was told to leave the grandstand area. The next day the league handed down a three-game suspension. In his only appearance this year, he had seven innings pitched, gave up four earned runs, walked no one and struck out eight. He did not get a decision.
Season
Team
W
L
ERA
G
GS
SHO
SV
IP
SO
BB
H
Summer 2017
0
0
5.14
1
1
0
0
7
8
0
7

Thursday, June 29, 6:30 p.m. – He pitched one inning of scoreless ball, and that earned Corey MacDonald (2-1) the win on Sunday versus the Admirals. He was the second Diamonds starter to take on extra responsibilities in the bullpen last week. This will be MacDonald’s fourth start of the year. In 18 1/3 innings he has struck out 13, walked 9 and has an ERA of 2.45.
Season
Team
W
L
ERA
G
GS
SHO
SV
IP
SO
BB
H
Summer 2017
2
1
2.45
4
3
0
0
18.1
13
9
16

“Never Give Up” Diamonds Lose Huge Lead Then Grab Walk-off Win – The Diamonds lead 13-2 at the end of six innings of play on Sunday. It was hard to imagine anything could stall their march to victory  But the bullpen went wild, contributing to a total of 21 walks given away by Pittsburg pitchers in the game.
The Admirals were all too happy to accept the Diamonds’ generosity, scoring seven runs in the 7th and five runs in the 8th to take the lead. But then came the ninth.  With one out Yiecok Calderon singled. When Javier Marticorena lined out the Diamonds were down to their last out. J.J. Wagner coaxed a single out of a 2-2 pitch and Austin Fraker came to the plate. He hit a looping, slicing soft line drive down the right field line. Calderon scored easily to tie it. Wagner was right behind him and flying towards the plate with the potential winning run.  The throw was off line, Wagner scored and the Diamonds’ dugout exploded on to the field in celebration of the 14-13 walk-off victory.

Wild Weekend for Diamonds and Admirals – It was Jose Canseco Weekend at Winter Chevrolet Stadium and it was definitely special. The former A’s slugger was the Diamonds’ designated hitter on Saturday. His first time to the plate the second pitch was called a strike and Canseco exploded in a vein-bursting fury. The astonishing display went on for several minutes with Diamonds manager Aaron Miles racing to home plate to try and keep Canseco away from the home plate umpire. Friday was truly memorable and not entirely for baseball. A game that Pittsburg lead 9-0 at one point went into extra innings. Pittsburg was down by two in the 11th but had the bases loaded when all the lights went dark. It would take more than a half hour to figure out how to counteract the automatic timerthat had turned out the lights. The game resumed and the Diamonds scored to pull within one. Then the infield sprinklers went on. Another delay and a wet pitching mound. But Vallejo got the last out and the longest game of the year (five hours) was over.

Plethora of Pittsburg Pitchers and Players At Peak Performance – As the Diamonds open the second half of their six-game homestand against the Admirals they can showcase some of the league’s very best players. Vinny Guglietti continues his outrageous season leading the Pacific Association in hitting with a .430 batting average. The closest hitter to him is Diamonds centerfielder Wes Wallace who is hitting .364. Calderon who has come on strong recently is the league’s fifth leading hitter with a .338 average. Guglietti is also leading in runs batted in with 28. Wallace is fifth with 18 RBI’s. Tyler Stirewalt leads the league with his stingy earned run average of 1.93. Corey MacDonald and Skyler Shaw-Fuss are third and fourth with ERA’s of 2.46 and 3.00 respectively. Michael Gunn is third in strikeouts with 33 behind Tyrelle Harris of Sonoma who leads with 39.

Jose Can’t Overcome Caleb – Pittsburg designated hitter Caleb Bryson has had a tough start of the year at the plate, but his vaunted power was on display for all to see Saturday evening in the homerun derby featuring former Oakland A’s home run hitter Jose Canseco. He pummeled eight homers in ten outs at one point leaving all other contenders in the dust.

Follow the Race to the Championship – There are lots of ways to catch Pittsburg’s professional baseball team in action. The best way is to get up close and personal at Winter Chevrolet Stadium. Tickets are vailable on www.DiamondsProBall.com. If you can’t be at the game, home games on Friday and Saturday are televised on Delta TV. That’s Comcast 24, Uverse 99 and streamed live on the City of Pittsburg website. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday games, both home and away, are carried live on KLSN 92.9 FM. All of the games are on the internet which can be accessed via the Diamonds’ website or Mixlr.com. The radio and internet broadcasts will start 15 minutes before the scheduled first pitch with “Runs! Hits! Aaron!” pre-game show featuring manager Aaron Miles. And BayAreaSports.tv (BASTV) is going to be televising more of the Diamonds games. They are focusing on Sunday games now. You can check their website www.bayareasports.tv for information.