Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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. 
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.