Vallejo Admirals Game Notes
Vallejo Admirals 2018 Game Notes - Game #45
Sonoma Stompers (28-16, 2nd -2.0) @ Vallejo Admirals (25-19, 3rd -5.0)
Wilson Park - Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 5:05 p.m. PDT
Today: Sat., 5:05 SON Kenny Mathews (1-0, 5.40) @ VAL Jalen Miller Sr. (0-3, 5.40)
On Deck: Sun., 1:05 SON Vijay Patel (0-1, 3.68) @ VAL Alex Dandridge (0-3, 12.06)
Admirals Snap Four-Game Skid with Win over Napa
Courtesy Matt O'Donnell, Vallejo Times-Herald
Nick Akins Sr. had been hitting home runs at a frantic pace through the first 34 games. Then it stopped. For 10 days, balls stopped leaving the yard. The drought ended in a huge way on Friday at Wilson Park as Akins connected for a two-run blast in the fourth inning - his team-record-breaking 19th homer - as the Admirals took down the Napa Silverados 10-4 to complete a two-game sweep.
Akins passed Tillman Pugh, who launched 18 last season. "I guess I can tell Tillman that I'm better than him now," quipped Akins. The Admirals made it 4-1 when Akins unloaded over the left-field fence against Napa starter Elvin Liriano. Akins waited at home plate to see if the ball would go fair or foul and finally went into his home-run trot when the ball cleared the wall. Chris Fornaci walked and was aboard on the homer. The league record for single-season home runs is 31 by San Rafael's Matt Chavez in 2015. Akins is already tied for fourth all-time in the league in the single season list with Joel Carranza, formerly of Sonoma. Akins said he wasn't thinking about breaking the mark over the last 10 days. His 17th and 18th homers came July 8 against the Silverados at Wilson Park. He nearly homered in the next game at Martinez but the ball was caught at the warning track. "I've just been trying to put a good swing on the ball," Akins said. "The last eight or nine games or so I haven't been swinging at good pitches. I've been swinging and missing a lot so I've just been trying to make better contact."
Notes: The Admirals stole five bases and 10 for the series. ... Regular shortstop David Kiriakos was given the day off, only the second game this season he hasn't started at short. Brandon Fischer started at shortstop with Kiniry moving to second base and Cyle Figueroa at first base.
Vallejo versus... 8-1 vs. Martinez 6-4 vs. Napa
5-3 vs. Pittsburg 2-6 vs. San Rafael 4-5 vs. Sonoma
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à Brett Schneider saved or won the last five games he's pitched.
à Former Admiral Gadiel Baez participated 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.
à Brian McKenna, last night's starter and winner, made his Admirals debut and was reunited with Nick Crouse. The two were teammates with the Florence Freedom, which is also Brandon Pugh's former club. (Brandon is not related to Tillman Pugh.)
à Amilcar Cruz [uh-meal-car], Thursday's winning pitcher in relief and his Admirals debut, is a recent Minnesota farmhand, having last pitched in the Gulf Coast League on July 6. Cruz pitched 35 times in the Twins system across the DSL and GCL rookie levels since 2016.
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