Geoff Safford, Media Relations Assistant
All good things must come to an end at some point. Sonoma began a three game series at home against the Pittsburg Diamonds a team they swept on the road a week ago. They carried a 7 game win streak into the game with the offense averaging nine runs per game over that span. However that was all before the lefty Rob Ellis took the mound on Friday.
Ellis had not pitched since July 14 before Friday at People’s Home Equity Ballpark at Arnold Field. But his return to the mound was quite the spectical as the southpaw was absolutely dominant in the 8-0 win over the Stompers. Ellis pitched seven innings allowing no runs on only four hits. Ellis also had a season high eleven strikeouts on the night. His previous season high was nine in a game that was also against the Stompers on June 21.
Offensively, the Diamonds scored more runs Friday than the Pacifics did against Sonoma in the entire series ealier this week. They scored runs in six of seven innings at one point and seven of the nine starters in the Diamond lineup finished with a hit. Nick Oddo had a night to remember finishing a perfect 4 for 4 with three driven in.
On the other side of the spectrum, the Stompers offense was held in check and only mustered 4 hits on the night. No Stomper finished with more than one hit. That meant Joel Carranza’s impressive streak of seven multihit games came to and end along with the recent winning streak. But much of that can be attributed to the brilliance of Ellis who turned in an impressive outing.
All is not lost for the Stompers (37-27, 14-11 second half) after a deflating loss. The Stompers still will have a chance to win the series over the next two days against the Diamonds (29-35, 10-15 second half.) It will be a very interesting night Saturday as 52 year old Jose Canseco is scheduled to get the start with Stacy Piagno scheduled to get the start for the Stompers. It will be the first time Canseco will make an appearance at People’s Home Equity Ballpark since Canseco played in two games with the Stompers in 2015.
Tickets for upcoming Stompers home games are available on StompersBaseball.com. Saturday will be a special night at People’s Home Equity Ballpark at Arnold Field as the Stompers will host “Pitch Night At The Ballpark.” All fans in attendance will have a chance to come on the field after the game to view the first episode of the new FOX drama series PITCH. Stompers players will be available to sign autographs and mingle with fans after the game as well. Tickets for that game are still available. Fan merchandise and tickets are also available inside The Fan Shop located at 234 West Napa Street in downtown Sonoma. For more information about the team contact the Stompers at firstname.lastname@example.org.