Geoff Safford, Media Relations Assistant
Sonoma’s bats powered the Stompers to a 10-7 win, and series sweep over the Vallejo Admirals at People’s Home Equity Ballpark at Arnold Field Sunday. Sonoma’s offense scored 30 runs combined over the three game series. Slugger Caleb Bryson had a night to remember at the plate, and was involved in five of Sonoma’s ten runs. Starter Oliver Garcia also pitched well enough to earn his first win of the season.
The Stompers (10-7) did a great job of getting off on the right foot early in games during this series and Sunday night was no exception. Sonoma’s offense put together a four run rally in the first. Mark Hurley came up big again with a two run double in the inning that went off the wall in right field.
Vallejo’s offense kept things interesting in the seventh with a two run rally that cut the lead to 7-6. However, Caleb Bryson had an answer as he launched a home run to left field to give Sonoma a two run lead. Bryson had one of his best nights at the plate this season as he finished a perfect 3 for 3 in the game. He also had 2 walks, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBIs. He reached base in all 5 of his plate appearances. He showed in this performance that he has all the tools to be a great hitter in the Pacific Association. Having the ability to hit the long ball is always a luxury, but what sets Bryson apart is his ability to be patient.
Oliver Garcia had strikeout stuff again in his 5 2/3 innings of work and finished with 7 strikeouts. He allowed 10 hits, and three earned runs in the game and did enough to earn the victory (1-0). Juan Espinosa pitched in relief and earned a save by pitching the final 3 1/3 innings of the game. He allowed three earned runs on five hits with three strikeouts.
Sonoma will now hit the road for a long nine game slate and will face all three teams in the Pacific Association. Sonoma will make their third trip of the season to Pittsburg to start the road trip off to face the Diamonds on Tuesday. They are an even 3-3 in games played against them so far. Gregory Paulino is scheduled to get the start Tuesday and has not faced Pittsburg yet this season. The Diamonds will be licking their wounds after getting swept by the San Rafael Pacifics over the weekend.
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