Hayley M. Slye / Sonoma Stompers
SAN RAFAEL, Calif.– The Sonoma Stompers Professional Baseball Club, presented by Virginia Dare Winery, pulled off their second comeback victory in two days with a 9-4, extra-inning win over the San Rafael Pacifics on Friday.
“When our backs are against the wall our true talent comes out,” said right fielder Marcus Bradley. “Pressure either breaks pipes or makes diamonds.”
Down to their last two outs and trailing by one run in the top of the ninth, Bradley knocked in the Stompers’ tying run.
“Their pitcher kind of fell into a pitch sequence. I knew after he got his first strike he was going to throw an offspeed pitch so I just sat back and tried to see something up and hit it,” Bradley said. “It felt amazing.”
The Sonoma offense shored up the clutch effort, dousing the Pacifics with six runs in the top of the tenth. After hitting a solo home run in the first, Joel Carranza also knocked in one of the Stompers’ 10th-inning runs. Carranza and Bradley both finished the night with multi-hit games and a pair of RBIs apiece.
Carranza’s teammates followed him with three base hits and a walk to give closer Jacob Cox a six-run lead to work with going into the bottom of the inning. Cox was excellent in relief, allowing no hits and no runs in two innings of work.
While Cox silenced the Pacifics in the last two frames, starter Ty’Relle Harris kept the Stompers in striking distance through eight. He walked just two in that span and did not let the San Rafael lead leak into anything more than two runs.
With the victory, the Stompers improve to 39-16 on the season and 11-5 in the second half, while the Pacifics drop to 6-10 in the second half (23-32 overall) at last place. First pitch of the second game of the series is slated for 6 p.m. at Albert Park on Saturday.
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