Tuesday, 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.