SONOMA, Calif.– The Sonoma Stompers Professional Baseball Club, presented by Virginia Dare Winery, fell 5-4 to the Pittsburg Diamonds on Wednesday night at Peoples Home Equity Ballpark at Arnold Field.
Sonoma starter Scott Plaza struck out nine in five innings, allowing two runs as Pittsburg starter Cory MacDonald allowed just five hits through six.
The Diamonds scored their first run on an error by Stompers first baseman Scott David, but David neutralized it by driving in the first Sonoma run. David ended up with both of the RBIs on the night.
“You’ve got to give (MacDonald) some credit, he only gave up a couple of hits to us, but we were able to apply pressure” Plaza said.
Plaza did not let the game get away from him, but MacDonald kept the Stompers’ offense off the board from the third until the sixth. Carranza put the Stompers within one run in the sixth, scoring on a throwing error before another David RBI drove in the tying run.
“We know that we’ve got a good-hitting team,” Plaza said. “We have a lot of faith in our guys, that even when we’re down 3-0 or 5-4 we’re going to come back and they’re going to pick us up.”
Pat Lemmo replaced Plaza and made quick work of the Diamonds, fanning two in his first inning of work. He retired the first five hitters he faced before a few base hits and a walk gave Pittsburg its two-run lead back.
The Stompers threatened in the seventh, scoring on a wild pitch and loading the bases. The rally ended on a hard ground ball fielded well by Diamonds third basemen J.J. Wagner.
Jacob Cox was excellent in relief Wednesday for Sonoma, allowing just one hit in the last two innings of the game.
The Stompers fall to 22-7 at first in the Pacific Association while the second-place Diamonds improve to 16-13. The first pitch of the series-deciding game is scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m.
WOMEN IN SPORTS NIGHT
The Stompers will celebrate Women in Sports Night on Thursday, and want to hear what Stompers baseball means to you or a woman you know. Use the hashtag #MYSTOMPERSSTORY to share yours.
Fans can use promo code “THERELISH” to get 20 percent off of tickets for July 6 and merchandise online. Thanks to the Relish, which serves up sports coverage for female fans, the Stompers intend to raise awareness about the 20% average gender pay gap in the United States.
Women can also get 20 percent off at the box office before Thursday’s game.
Tickets and merchandise are available now either online or at the fan shop at 234 W Napa Street in downtown Sonoma. Tickets will also be available at the box office on game days, beginning 30 minutes prior to the game.
For more information, please contact the front office at 707-938-7277, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.