Geoff Safford, Media Relations Assistant
Friday’s pivotal series against the San Rafael Pacifics in Sonoma began with offensive fireworks right from the start. Jake Taylor had a two run homer in first inning to give the Pacifics an early advantage. His fourteenth home run of the season gave him the lead in that category. Taylor’s lead in the home run category would not last long, and neither would that two run lead as the Stompers scored early and often in a 13-4 win over the Pacifcs
The Stompers offense was on fire for the second consecutive night with 18 hits as at team. The Stompers have outscored their opponents by a score of 26-8 over there last two games. It was also the fifth time in the last ten games that the Stomper have scored thirteen runs and they have outscored their opponents 65-15 in those five games combined. The Stompers have won four straight against San Rafael and scored thirteen runs in three of those four games.
The Stompers offense scored eleven runs in innings five through seven to put the game well out of reach. Joel Carranza tied Taylor for the home run lead in the Pacific Association with a three run shot in the sixth. Carranza was 2 for 5 with four driven in. Mark Hurley also homered to right for his fifth homer of the season. Hurley was 1 for 4 on the night with two driven in.
The newly acquired Scott David was absolutely sensational for Sonoma at the plate finishing a perfect 4 for 4 with an RBI and four runs scored. David is 6 for his first 8 at the plate and has reached base nine times in total in two games. The 2015 Pacific Association batting champion has continued right where he left off in this league with immediate success.
“David has played in some other leagues before coming out here and knows what it takes to be successful,” said bench coach Chris Matthews. “I was really happy the approach our entire team to go out and be aggressive. We are executing at the plate against our competition and we just need to stay focused and keep the intensity level high the rest of the way.”
Oliver Garcia picked up his fifth win on the mound in six innings. Garcia allowed two runs on five hits and struck out four. Adam Ogburn was also effective out of the pen in his 1 1/3 innings of work to close out the game. Ogburn struck out three of the four batters he faced. Ogburn has fared extremely well in his first three appearances with Sonoma. In 3 1/3 innings he has yet to allow a hit and has 6 strikeouts.
The Stompers (41-29, 18-13 second half) tied the Pacifics (39-30, 18-13 second half) in the second half standings with the victory and took a two game lead in overall record. The next two games of the series will be critical for both teams heading into the final week of the season. Sonoma has found a winning formula over their last 16 games going 12-4 in those games to put themselves in this position in the second half.
Tickets for the final two games of the series against the Pacifics are available on StompersBaseball.com. Stompers 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 email@example.com.