Geoff Safford, Director of Broadcasting
VALLEJO, Calif.- The Sonoma Stompers Professional Baseball Club Presented by Virginia Dare Winery scored at least 10 runs for the fifth consecutive game in Sonoma’s 11-3 victory over the Vallejo Admirals Sunday at Wilson Park. The offensive output supported an outstanding effort by starter Tyler Garkow who had a season-high 12 strikeouts in the victory.
“This was my second time starting this week so I was definitely feeling ready to go,” Garkow said. “I felt good all week in my bullpen sessions and I just left it all out on the field this afternoon.”
Garkow scattered four hits over seven innings allowing three runs. Left fielder Nick Akins provided the only offense for the Admirals when he hit a three-run home run in the third to tie the game at three runs apiece. However, The Point Loma product responded and was in complete control the rest of the way. Garkow only allowed two other baserunners to reach base after the third inning.
“It was key for me to attack the hitters, and get first pitch strikes,” Garkow said. “Doing so allowed me to retire lead-off batters so I could pitch into the later innings.”
After the Admirals tied the game in the third inning, Sonoma scored eight unanswered runs over the remaining innings to support the effort from Garkow. The offense scored in five consecutive innings from the second through the sixth to take control of the game.
“Our lineup is a tough one for opposing pitchers to face,” said Hitting Coach Joel Carranza. “It’s fun to hit in this lineup because you know the person following you in the order can do damage if you do not get the job done”
Carranza delivered with his best offensive performance of the season finishing 4-for-5 with a home run and three driven in. The Reigning League MVP leads the team in home runs and RBIs.
“Being the hitting coach, I take it upon myself to lead the team by example,” Carranza said. “I try to do all I can to try to spark this offense to get some energy going in the dugout.”
The Stompers improved to (21-6) overall after their sixth consecutive series victory. Sonoma holds a six-game advantage over the second place Pittsburg Diamonds (15-12) in the league first half pennant standings. The upcoming series between the two foes will be critical in the race to the end of the first half in the Pacific Association.
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