SONOMA, Calif.– The Sonoma Stompers Professional Baseball Club, presented by Virginia Dare Winery, defeated the Vallejo Admirals 5-1 Friday night behind a solid performance from starter Mike Jackson Jr.
Jackson, who came in second in Pacific Association Pitcher of the Year voting last season, struck out nine in his six inning performance. He allowed just five hits in that span and shut out the Admirals, setting up the Stompers for success with a 5-0 lead.
“(Manager Takashi Miyoshi) talked to me and told me what was wrong in my last two starts,” Jackson said. “I made an adjustment, talked to him, talked to (catcher Isaac Wenrich), buckled down and got the job done.”
Jackson came into the game with a 14.25 earned run average in his last three starts and had allowed 16 runs on 24 hits in nine innings in his last two starts against Vallejo.
“It was definitely fun back there to have Mike on his game again, making every pitch. I think it keeps it a lot looser out there,” Wenrich said.
To back up Jackson’s outing, Brennan Metzger scored on a wild pitch and Masa Miyadera drew a bases-loaded walk for two runs in the fourth. Despite only managing one hit through four, the Stompers knocked three base hits in the fifth to take a 5-0 lead.
It was a team effort as five different Stompers were responsible for the night’s runs.
The Admirals scored their only run in the seventh on an RBI double. Starter David Dinelli left in the third with an injury after allowing the first two Stompers runs. His replacement, Eli Garcia, was responsible for the last three.
The Stompers came into the game off of just their second series loss of the season.
“We just had to talk about why we lost those two games. We want to make an adjustment, so we try to focus on making an adjustment against this team and we bounced back pretty well,” Miiyoshi said. “I’m just very happy”
With the victory, the Stompers improve to 23-8 on the season while the Admirals drop to 8-21. With the second-place Pittsburg Diamonds’ walk-off win over the San Rafael Pacifics Friday, Sonoma’s magic number is now at four to clinch the first half.
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