Early Offense, Impressive Bullpen Key To Stompers 10-5 Win

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Caleb Bryson homered for the second consecutive game on Saturday night in a 10-5 win.

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Geoff Safford, Media Relations Assistant

The Sonoma Stompers clinched a series victory with a 10-5 win over the Pittsburg Diamonds (2-3) on Saturday night under the lights of City Park in Pittsburg. Sonoma used a similar script to the one they used in game one of the series with early offense and great pitching down the stretch to secure the win. The Stompers have now won four in a row, and improved their record to 4-1..

The Stompers offense provided an early inning offensive explosion that put the Diamonds in a big hole. Already up 1-0, Sonoma scored seven runs in the third inning on four hits and an error to give them an early 8-0 cushion. The Diamonds did respond in the bottom half of the inning with a big inning of their own that brought five runs to the plate to make it a 8-5 game headed into the fourth inning. But those were the only runs that the Diamonds could muster after the dominant Stomper bullpen took over.

Caleb Bryson provided a déjà vu moment in the ninth inning with a monster home run that soared deep into the night over the left field wall. It was his second home run of the season, and the second night in a row that Bryson has gone yard. He finished the game 2 for 5 with two RBIs. Eddie Mora-Loera also had one of his best nights offensively on the season finishing 2 for 4 with two RBIs. The Stomper offense also continued their patient approach that has been a huge part of their success over the past four games as they worked the Diamonds staff into six walks. 

Starting pitcher Jose Flores did not make it out of the third inning, and the Diamond offense looked poised to make a run at the Stompers after their third inning success. However, the Stomper bullpen slammed the door shut and turned in another impressive effort in the final 6 innings. 

Eric Mozeika and Tyler Thurber were both fabulous out of the pen for Sonoma and did not allow any Diamonds to score. They pitched 6 plus innings combined, allowing three hits, no runs, and seven strikeouts. Thurber seemed to get more dominant as time went on, and ended the game by striking out the side. The bullpen as a whole also continued the astonishing scoreless steak they have compiled over the past four games. They have now thrown 18 plus innings of scoreless baseball in a row. 

Sonoma now has a chance to secure a series sweep for the first time this season, and will go for a 5-1 record on this 6 game road trip. Sean Conroy is scheduled to get the start for Sonoma and will look to bounce back from the rough outing he had in Vallejo on opening night earlier this week. First pitch has also been moved to 1 p.m. at City Field in Pittsburg. 

The Stompers will open their home schedule next week starting on Tuesday, June 7 as they begin a three game series against the Admirals at People’s Home Equity Ballpark at Arnold Field in Sonoma. Tickets for opening day, and every game this season are available on stompersbaseball.com. Tickets, and fan merchandise can also be purchased at The Fan Shop located at 234 West Napa Street in downtown Sonoma.  If you have any questions, please email us at info@stompersbaseball.com.