Geoff Safford, Director of Broadcasting & Operations Assistant
SONOMA, Calif. The Sonoma Stompers Professional Baseball Club could not get their bats going Tuesday and fell by score of 7-2 to the San Rafael Pacifics in an exhibition game at Petersen Field. The league foes split the two exhibition games they played over the last three days. A few familiar faces stood out on the mound for San Rafael while a newcomer shined on the mound for Sonoma.
Veteran right-hander Nick DeBarr was very solid in his four innings of work for San Rafael. The Hayward native allowed only one hit in those innings with a pair of strikeouts. The sixteen year professional retired 12 batters in a row after allowing the first batter of the game to reach base. DeBarr will enter his fourth season in San Rafael.
Marin County native Patrick Conroy also tossed a scoreless fifth in his first appearance against the Stompers this season. The 2016 Pacific Association Pitcher of the Year allowed one base-runner before inducing an inning ending double play.
Tyler Garkow was a bright spot in his three innings of relief for Sonoma. Garkow attacked the bottom part of the zone in three shutout innings in relief of starter Randy Keen. The Point Loma product struck out five batters and allowed three hits. The three year professional was pleased with his performance against a soon to be familiar opponent.
“Anytime you have success against an opponent it gives you confidence,” Garkow said. “It felt great to perform well against the Pacifics in my first time facing them. It definitely helps having a manager like Yoshi [Takashi Miyoshi] who I have some familiarity with. There is a mutual respect between both of us. I know that he has faith in me as a professional.”
The Pacifics grabbed the lead early by scoring five runs in the first three innings. San Rafael used a three run rally in the third to stretch their lead to 5-0. The big blow in the inning was a two run triple by right fielder Devin Carter. The Pacifics rounded out their scoring effort in the eighth on an RBI single by catcher Ricky Gingras to make the score 7-1.
The Stompers closed out their exhibition slate Tuesday, and will complete one final team workout Wednesday to wrap up spring camp. With opening day quickly approaching, the team will now focus on getting ready to face Diamonds on Friday night in Pittsburg, Calif.
Tickets for the upcoming season are now available on stompersbaseball.com. Tickets to opening day at Peoples Home Equity Ballpark at Arnold Field on June 13 are also still available. Use the online promo code OPENINGDAY to recieve 15% off tickets to opening day. You can also purchase tickets at the Fan Shop located at 234 W Napa Street in Sonoma, or at the box office on game days at Arnold Field. For more information on the team, call our front office at 707.938.7277.