Vallejo Admirals Game Notes
Vallejo Admirals 2018 Game Notes - Game #39
Vallejo Admirals (23-15, T-2nd, -5.0) @ San Rafael Pacifics (28-10, 1st +5.0)
Albert Park - Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 5:05 p.m. PDT
Today: Sat., 5:05 VAL Martin Cronin (3-1, 2.55) @ SR Fernando Baez (5-1, 3.34)
On Deck: Sun., 1:05 VAL Jalen Miller Sr. (0-2, 6.45) @ SR TBA
Vallejo versus... 8-1 vs. Martinez 4-4 vs. Napa
5-3 vs. Pittsburg 2-4 vs. San Rafael 4-3 vs. Sonoma
à Former Admiral Gadiel Baez will participate front-and-center in Monday's MLB Home Run Derby at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Gadiel's brother, Javier Baez of the Chicago Cubs, chose the one-time Vallejo infielder as his batting-practice and Derby pitcher for the weekend's All-Star festivities.
à Saturday is the Admirals' first visit to Albert Field all year long.
à Last night's winning pitcher, Brett Schneider, has saved or won the game the last four times he has pitched.
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 4-5, until former Florence Freedom backstop Nick Crouse joined the roster July 6.
à Brandon Pugh (no relation to Tillman) also comes from the Florence Freedom and played 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 Clarke was 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 Frank Valentino's 11 K's on June 30 are a team season high.
Last Time: Admirals Walk Off by Matt O'Donnell, VTH
On Friday the 13th, Admirals catcher Cyle Figueroa played the part of Jason Vorhees, the mythical, hockey-mask wielding psycho who refuses to die. Figueroa's walkoff, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth drove home the tying and winning runs as the Admirals escaped with a wild 10-9 win to conclude the two-game, Pacific Association sweep at Wilson Park. Figueroa's hit against reliever Sean Johnson knocked in David Kiriakos and Chevy Clarke. Figueroa had successfully kept an inning alive in the third inning with an opposite-field single. He went that way again in the ninth with a poke that landed about a foot from the foul line in right field. "That's my game plan almost every time; I'm an opposite-field hitter," said Figueroa, who was 3-for-5. "I try to get the ball deep and hit it the other way. That's really my approach - middle and the other way." Kiriakos led off the inning by legging out an infield single and Clarke walked on a very close 3 and 2 pitch. Vladimir Gomez had a key at-bat as he laid down a bunt on an 0 and 2 pitch to advance both runners to second and third. "We work on that kind of stuff in batting practice," Gomez said about bunting with two strikes. "I felt pretty confident and felt like I could get it done." With one out, Diamonds manager Aaron Miles elected to walk Brandon Fischer to load the bases. On the first pitch, Figueroa sent the home fans home happy.
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