Hayley M. Slye / Sonoma Stompers
The Admirals inch closer to the top of the Pacific Association standings, improving to 10-9 in the half as the Stompers drop to 12-7. The Admirals finished in the bottom of the Pacific Association first half, but have surged early as the only other team in the league over .500 in the second.
With the Stompers still looking for their first hit in the fifth, Brennan Metzger knocked a single through the hole in left. He got caught on the basepaths and the Stompers only managed two hits through seven off of Vallejo starter Marquis Hutchinson, the reigning Pacific Association Rookie of the Year.
With the hit, Metzger extended his hitting streak to ten games.
Derrick Fox was the only other Stomper to record a hit, sending a ball to the warning track in left before getting picked off on the basepaths as well. The low-offense night paired with three errors.
Eric Gonsalves made his second outing in 2017, returning to the Stompers as a member of the 2016 championship team. His last time out, he gave up a home run on his first pitch back. This time, Gonsalves pitched a clean, 11-pitch inning in the seventh before conjuring a strikeout to get out of a jam in the eighth.
The Stompers made noise in that frame as Marcus Bradley and Eddie Mora-Loera reached base on two consecutive walks. A pair of sacrifice hits moved them over twice, Bradley across the plate for the first Stompers run of the game.
Mike Jackson Jr. also pitched a solid inning in relief, blanking the Admirals in the ninth. In the bottom of the frame, the Stompers refused to go down easily. Down to their last out, Isaac Wenrich walked and Metzger knocked his second hit of the night, but a flyout ended the inning.
Overall, the Stompers drop to 40-18 while the Admirals improve to 22-36.
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