Sonoma Stompers Fall 7-6 Despite Solid Efforts From Thurber, Bradley as San Rafael Pacifics Walk Off

 Starter Taylor Thurber struck out nine in seven and one-thirds innings pitched in Sunday's 7-6 loss to the San Rafael Pacifics at Albert Park. (James W. Toy III / Sonoma Stompers)

Starter Taylor Thurber struck out nine in seven and one-thirds innings pitched in Sunday's 7-6 loss to the San Rafael Pacifics at Albert Park. (James W. Toy III / Sonoma Stompers)

Hayley M. Slye / Director of Media Relations

SAN RAFAEL, Calif.– The Sonoma Stompers Professional Baseball Club, presented by Virginia Dare Winery, lost 7-6 in the ninth to the San Rafael Pacifics on Sunday at Albert Park.

It was the third time in the series that the score became knotted in the ninth inning. The Stompers won the two extra-inning endeavors and take the series despite Sunday’s loss.

Starter Taylor Thurber was solid on the mound, retiring the side in order four times and beginning the game by sending seven straight Pacifics back to the dugout. In seven and one-thirds innings, Thurber struck out nine and issued zero walks.

Thurber's offense gave him a five-run lead to work with, thanks to a second-inning rally that featured four straight base hits off of San Rafael starter Dakota Freese.

Thurber's only blemishes came by way of the long ball. The Pacifics scored four runs on three pitches off of Thurber–Two solo home runs from Miles Williams and a two-run shot from Juan Herrera.

Jake Taylor also went yard in the eighth, finishing a wave of three home runs in the frame, making the score 6-5 and putting the Pacifics within crashing distance. Jacob Cox, a bullpen stalwart for most of the season, ended the inning on a groundout.

Marcus Bradley was the firestarter on offense Sunday, going 3-3 with a walk and two runs batted in and a walk. Derrick Fox also delivered an RBI and two hits as all but one Stomper reached base in the game.

The Stompers drop to 40-17 overall and sit at first place with a 12-6 second-half record, while the Pacifics improve to 24-33, 7-11 in the second half.

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