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.