August 4, 2017 - Pacific Association (PA) - Sonoma Stompers
SONOMA, Calif.- The Sonoma Stompers Professional Baseball Club, presented by Virginia Dare Winery, notched their first earth-shaking hit in a handful of games, a three-run home run by Scott David in the fifth inning of Thursday's 8-6 win over the Pittsburg Diamonds.
"We're not going to get shut down too many games in a row. It was a good comeback here," David said.
Sonoma had left 25 runners on base in the first two games of the series. With one swing of the bat, David made the score 5-4 and lit the fuse for Sonoma. David went 3 for 3 on the night with a walk and three runs batted in.
"Early in the season... We came back so many times. Why not the second half? Even in a 5-1 ballgame tonight, I never gave up," said manager Takashi Miyoshi.
David also started a two-run rally in the seventh inning, leading off the frame with a single. While David provided the fireworks, the rest of the lineup provided the sky. Daniel Baptista and Marcus Bradley picked up two RBIs apiece, Bradley's being the go-ahead pair.
Matt Hibbert also provided a spark, going 3 for 4 and scoring two of the Stompers' eight runs.
While the offense shined, the Stompers locked in on the mound after the third. Starter Juan Espinosa allowed four runs through the first three innings, but kept Pittsburg to just one after that frame. Zach Wendorf and Jacob Cox secured the rest of the game, allowing just one hit between them.
With the win, the Stompers improve to 38-16 (10-5) on the season, solidifying their lead at the top of the Pacific Association and breaking a three-game skid-Sonoma's longest losing streak of the season. The Diamonds drop to 28-26 (7-8) at second.
"We've got a great lineup. You're going to go through skids every once in a while. Three games is nothing," David said.