Geoff Safford, Media Relations Assistant
Sonoma had a tough afternoon offensively on Sunday and dropped their series finale to the Pittsburg Diamonds by a score of 5-2 at City Field in Pittsburg. Despite the loss, the Stompers had a solid opening road trip of the season finishing 4-2 in their first week of the season..
The Stompers had the lead briefly in the second inning thanks to a two-run rally in the second inning, as Eddie Mora-Loera's RBI single gave Sonoma a 2-1 lead. However, the lead did not last long. Sammy Ayala hit a solo shot in the third off starter Sean Conroy to tie the game at two. The two runs put on the board by Sonoma in the second would be it for them offensively in the game.
Starting pitcher Dylan Brammer was efficient for the Diamonds, throwing six innings and allowing seven hits with only the two second inning runs. The Diamond bullpen was also solid as they threw three no-hit innings to close out the game.
The Stompers kept the game in reach for the majority of the afternoon, but a two-run eighth for the Diamonds against Sonoma left-hander Matt Picucci gave them the cushion they needed. The big blow in the inning came on a two-runsingle by pinch-hitter Rich Mejia. The Stompers pitchers had been able to pitch in and out of some trouble up to to that point.
After a long but successful road slate to start the season, the Stompers head home for the first time. They will start a three game series against the Admirals on Tuesday at People’s Home Equity Ballpark at Arnold Field with the first pitch coming at 6 p.m.
Vallejo (3-3) lost two out of three at Wilson Park in the opening series of the season against Sonoma. However, they bounced back nicely over the weekend, as they took two out of three against the 2015 league champion San Rafael Pacifics. Oliver Garcia is scheduled to get the start against Vallejo, and would face them for the second time.
Tickets for Opening Night, are available on stompersbaseball.com. Tickets and fan merchandise are also available at The Fan Shop located at 234 West Napa Street in downtown Sonoma. If you have any questions, contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.