Vallejo Admirals Game Notes
Vallejo Admirals 2018 Game Notes - Game #38 - Bucket Hat Night
Pittsburg Diamonds (16-21, T-4th, -12.0) @ Vallejo Admirals (22-15, T-2nd, -6.0)
Wilson Park - Friday, July 13, 2018 - 6:35 p.m. PDT
Today: Fri., 6:35 PIT TBA @ VAL Luis Ramirez (3-1, 4.10)
On Deck: Sat., 5:05 VAL Martin Cronin (3-1, 2.55) @ SR TBA
Admirals Offense Ignites in Win that Features Power Outage
Courtesy Thomas Gase, Vallejo-Times Herald
For the second time this season, the power at Wilson Park went out in the middle of a Vallejo Admirals game. When the lights finally came back on about 20 minutes later in the bottom of the sixth it seemed a lot of the energy also went into the Admirals' offense. The force was strong with Vallejo's bats on "Star Wars Night," as the Admirals scored 12 runs in the frame against the Pittsburg Diamonds on the way to an eventual 21-11 victory that was crazier than a David Lynch film and longer than a DMV wait time. The 21 runs for the Admirals tied a franchise record, besting the 20 Vallejo scored earlier this season in a June 23 road victory over Sonoma. The Admirals had 20 hits as Chris Fornaci, Chevy Clarke and David Kiriakos led the way by combining for 10 hits, four homers and 10 RBIs. Brandon Fischer also had three hits for Vallejo. Fornaci hit his second grand slam of the year. Frank Valentino earned the win.
"This was definitely one of the strangest games I've been a part of," Admirals manager P.J. Phillips said. "Both teams walking around 20 guys, scoring a lot of runs ... definitely one of the craziest games I've been in." Already up 5-1 entering the sixth, Vallejo had RBI singles from Kiriakos and Fischer, as well as a two-run single from Crouse. Vallejo's offense was getting so hot, it might have blown a fuse. Moments after Crouse's hit made the score 10-1, the power went out at the ballpark and the field lights went out. After the 20-minutes delay, power was restored at Wilson Park and play resumed. "I just told my team we had to still think about playing the game," Phillips said. "Things like this are going to happen during the course of a season. I wanted the guys on offense to stay aggressive. I always tell them to be aggressive and never take anything for granted."
Vallejo versus... 8-1 vs. Martinez 4-4 vs. Napa
4-3 vs. Pittsburg 2-4 vs. San Rafael 4-3 vs. Sonoma
à Saturday is the Admirals' first visit to Albert Field all year long.
à Pitcher Ryan Owens made his Admirals debut Thursday. The Boca Raton, Fla. native played collegiately at Winthrop and then Anderson University, a Division II school in South Carolina.
à Ace Martin Cronin returns to the rotation after skipping a turn.
à Cyle Figueroa was the only catcher on July 4 and 5, until former Florence Freedom backstop Nick Crouse joined the roster July 6.
à Outfielder Brandon Pugh (no relation) comes from Florence of the Frontier League as well and played his college ball at North Alabama.
à Chevy Clarke homered twice on July 6, joining Akins, Chris Fornaci, Rian Kiniry and the departed Graylin Derke on the list of Admirals who've gone deep twice in the same game this year.
à Akins and Fornaci both homered two times on June 29.
à Fornaci's 6 RBI on June 29 were the most RBI in a 2018 game.
à The Admirals brought back Clarke, the Angels' first-round pick in 2010 and an everyday Admirals performer in 2017 (78 games).
à New pitcher Alex Dandridge is a North Carolina Central product and a Pecos League alum (Roswell, then Bakersfield).
à Brett Schneider, now the closer, owns a 1.17 ERA and three saves.
à Frank Valentino's 11 K's on June 30 are a team season high.
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