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Carranza added to his legacy as the best home run hitter in Pacific Association history when he sent his 48th career shot sailing over the left-center field fence in the second inning. The win was one of six this season in which the Stompers scored 10 runs or more.
“It’s nice to keep adding on,” Carranza said. “My ultimate goal is to make it so that nobody can catch it.”
Stompers starter Mike Jackson Jr. picked up the win in a rematch with David Dinelli, who he pitched a solid seven innings against on June 14. In Tuesday’s game, Dinelli earned six runs in his four and one-third inning performance while Jackson struck out seven through six.
After Carranza’s shot, the Admirals evened the score on a piece of stellar base running by Tillman Pugh. Pugh took home on an error, but the quick-thinking play wasn’t enough to hold water for Vallejo. Sonoma stormed back in the fourth, using an Eddie Mora-Loera single, a walk and a pair of ground balls to score three runs in the inning.
“We know how to use our ability in the best way,” said Manager Takashi Miyoshi. “I try to put the pressure on, stealing the bases, and even without hitting, we score runs… That’s the type of game we keep playing well.”
Sonoma all but decided the matchup in a busy fifth inning. Yuki Yasuda and Scott David led off the frame with two straight singles before a pair of walks and a fiery Brennan Metzger double sent Jackson back to the mound in the bottom of the inning with an eight-run lead.
“Everyone’s going up there, sticking to their approach, doing what their job is and not trying to do too much,” said Carranza, who is also the team’s hitting coach. “That’s the key to our success and it’s going to be the key to our success throughout the year.”
Stompers outfielder Marcus Bradley hit his first home run of the season in the sixth, a three-run shot to put Sonoma up 14-2.
Six different Stompers recorded RBIs on the night while 10 different Stompers recorded a hit. Scott David and Isaac Wenrich both posted three-hit performances.
The Admirals surged back in the sixth to score four runs, but their late-inning efforts proved futile against the Stompers’ 12-run lead. With the victory, the Stompers improve their record to 12-4 and increase their lead in the Pacific Association to three and a half games while the last-place Admirals fall to 5-11 on the season.
“In baseball, any team can beat anybody on any given day,” Carranza said. “We just try to play to win every game. That’s how we are here in this organization.”
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