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June 7, 2018 - Pacific Association (PA) - Vallejo Admirals News Release

Following a joyful celebration of the 2017 Pacific Association championship, the Admirals have gotten to work. The defending champs won their first four contests of 2018, and come back home with a 5-1 record. Besides the potent offense and slick defense that Admirals fans might expect from the returning nucleus, the club has added a starting rotation that has gotten off to an excellent start. Two of those new starting arms, Long Islander Frank Valentino and Dalton Bernardi from the Oklahoma City area, are scheduled for this series against the San Rafael Pacifics.

What's Happening at Wilson Park

Thursday, June 7 - Pride Night,

Benefitting Solano Pride Center,

With Our First Thirsty Thursday

And Mezklas Catering Too!

In partnership with Solano Pride Center, the Admirals host the LGTBQ Pride Night and Jersey Auction on Thursday, June 7. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on the team's special Pride-themed jerseys, which Admirals players and coaches will wear during the game. At this time, the team does not have plans to make these jerseys available for retail, so your opportunity to own one of these is through the auction - and remember, all proceeds benefit the center.

"It is our privilege to support Solano Pride Center and the LGTBQ community with this event," said Admirals assistant general manager Matt Snyder. "We want to reiterate the message that everyone is always welcome at an Admirals game."

Based in Fairfield and founded in 1998, Solano Pride serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex communities in Solano County. The Center's confidential counseling message line is (707) 389-4520. Its Web site is, and the main number is (707) 207-3430.

Once again, you can enjoy unique Latin American flavors with Mezklas Catering at the ballpark, and complement your delicious meal with $1 off all craft beer.on our first Thirsty Thursday.

Friday, June 8 - Little League Night,

With a Grocery Outlet Giveaway and

Fried Chicken from Catering by Ray!

On Friday, children 12 and under who come to the ballpark in their current baseball or softball uniform will receive free admission. (As a friendly reminder, for every Admirals game this season, kids 10 and under - regardless of attire - are admitted free, and may receive a free kids meal when accompanied by a paid-admission adult.) Our partners at Grocery Outlet Bargain Market will furnish a giveaway for our guests, and Catering by Ray sets up shop with seriously tasty fried chicken.

12 - Tillman Pugh - OF The reigning PacPro MVP has picked up right where he left off. For the saber-conscious: Tillman's OPS (on-base plus slugging percentages) is a prodigious 1.339. For those who like good old-fashioned stats: Tillman is batting .476. He's been to the plate 32 times and has 10 hits, 10 walks, and 10 runs.

30 - Martin Cronin - RHP Martin starred at the University of Dallas before spending part of 2016 with Sonoma. He's back in the league and the Admirals are happy to have him: In two starts, he has allowed zero earned runs over 13 innings. PJ Phillips' decision to start him on Opening Night - a tacit suggestion that he is the ace out of the gate - has proven justified thus far.

40 - Graylin Derke - 1B Second to Pugh in batting average (.381) and one of six Admirals hitting better than .300, Graylin has contributed mightily on defense as well, making several difficult plays that would be beyond the average-fielding first baseman.

Probable Pitchers

43 - RHP Frank Valentino

1-0, 3.60 ERA, 5 IP, 6 K

27 - RHP Dalton Bernardi

1-0, 7.20 ERA, 5 IP, 2 K

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