Late-Inning Surge Decides Sonoma Stompers' 8-4 Loss to San Rafael Pacifics

 Brennan Metzger slides into home to put the Sonoma Stompers ahead 4-3 in the top of the seventh inning in Friday’s 8-4 loss to the San Rafael Pacifics. (James W. Toy / Sonoma Stompers)

Brennan Metzger slides into home to put the Sonoma Stompers ahead 4-3 in the top of the seventh inning in Friday’s 8-4 loss to the San Rafael Pacifics. (James W. Toy / Sonoma Stompers)

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SAN RAFAEL, Calif.– The Sonoma Stompers Professional Baseball Club, presented by Virginia Dare Winery, came back against but fell to the San Rafael Pacifics 8-4 Friday.

Brennan Metzger silenced Albert Park in the top of seventh, knocking a two-RBI double down the left field line, then taking third on an error before flying down the same line to score on a wild pitch. Metzger’s knock allowed Sonoma to take advantage of two walks from the San Rafael bullpen. The bullpen allowed four walks in the inning, which featured three different pitchers.

In the bottom of the frame, Ricky Gingras issued an even more deafening blow. His grand slam off of Adam Ogburn put the Pacifics up 7-4. 

An opposite-field, first-inning solo home run by Jake Taylor was the first blemish on Juan Espinosa’s start for the Stompers. A pair of hard base hits down the foul lines stung Espinosa again in the second as the Pacifics took a 2-0 lead.  

Matt LoCoco scored the first run for Sonoma in the fifth, knocked in by team-RBI leader Matt Hibbert. Third baseman Eddie Mora-Loera was on fire again Friday, going 2 for 3 with a walk following a 3 for 4, three-RBI performance Thursday.

Sonoma still sits atop the Pacific Association at 9-4, with the next-best Pittsburg Diamonds one game back at 7-5.  

The third-place Pacifics are responsible for three out of four Stompers losses on the season. Sonoma will look for redemption Saturday in San Rafael with Game 2 scheduled to begin at 5:05 p.m.

The three-game set is the second series of the season between the Stompers and Pacifics, both of which have been at Albert Park. Sonoma will face San Rafael for the first time at Peoples Home Equity Ballpark on Friday, June 23.

The Stompers came into the game off a sweep of their first homestand of the season, a mid-week series against the Vallejo Admirals.

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