Friday, June 30, 2017

Diamonds in the rough – series notes, June 30, 2017


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Bitter End to Vallejo Series Has Diamonds 5 ½ Games from Where They Want to Be


The Diamonds have a scheduling quirk that has loomed over their entire first half of the season. They played the Sonoma Stompers in the first three games of the season. Losing all three, it is now apparent that they launched Sonoma on to its “take no prisoners” first half of the season. The two teams will meet again on the 4th of July, the first of nine games between the two before the first half of the season champion is crowned July 16. Heading into this weekend the Stompers are a stunning 19-5, a winning percentage just below .800. At 13-10, the Diamonds are 5 ½ games behind with four to play against San Rafael before they get Sonoma on Tuesday.

As we go to press, no starters have been announced for the weekend series against San Rafael.

· Non-stop Guglietti – The Diamond’s first baseman is playing like he is from another planet. Any human would surely have hit a rough spot by now. Not the tall, amicable, team-before-me clean-up hitter for Pittsburg. He seems unstoppable. Heading into the weekend against San Rafael, Vinny Guglietti leads the league in hitting (.429) and runs-batted-in (30). Not covered in statistics is his astonishing ability to hit the ball hard at every at-bat, so hard it makes a different, distinctive sound than other batters.

· Questions Persist – What to make of the Diamonds’ bullpen? Strong of late, the relief pitchers have shown an ability to implode in a way that would make a 4th of July fireworks show seem staid. Just last Sunday the team’s pitchers issued 21 walks, complimented by four hit batsmen. More recently, the same pitchers have come around. Wes Tramble, who suffered a disastrous performance on Sunday, pitched a scoreless ninth in relief Thursday night.

· Scoreboard Watching – You can claim you don’t do it. But no one believes you. Sixteen games from the end of the first half of the season all Pittsburg eyes will be slyly watching the scores that come in from the Sonoma-Vallejo series. Those two teams play three this weekend. The Diamonds have four against San Rafael. A doubleheader Sunday will make up for a game postponed due to a conflict with the NBA finals. Depending on how it all goes the Diamonds will be anywhere from two games behind to 9 games back when they head to Sonoma on Tuesday.

· How Will You Follow the Diamonds? – All Diamonds’ games are carried live on Mixlr.com via the internet. You can hear them by connecting through the Diamonds’ website www.DiamondsProBall.com. Click on “LIVE BROADCAST” and then click on “Listen LIVE.” Saturday and Sunday games are broadcast live on KLSN-FM, Classic Hits 92.9. Many games are carried on BayAreaSports.TV. Check on that website to see the schedule.