SHARP STYMIES CLIPPERS FOR FIRST WIN AS STOMPER

  Tyler Sharp pitches in the Sonoma Stompers’ game against the Martinez Clippers, July 14, 2018 in Martinez, Calif. (James W. Toy III / Sonoma Stompers)

Tyler Sharp pitches in the Sonoma Stompers’ game against the Martinez Clippers, July 14, 2018 in Martinez, Calif. (James W. Toy III / Sonoma Stompers)

MARTINEZ, Calif. – In his first outing with the Sonoma Stompers, Tyler Sharp dazzled for eight innings Saturday, pitching into the ninth and picking up his first win in the orange and navy with thee 7-2 victory for Sonoma.

Sharp, released by the Napa Silverados July 3, was signed by the Stompers Saturday morning. Through the first eight innings, the right-hander allowed just one hit while striking out seven, bringing just one Clipper hitter to a three-ball count all game long.

The newester Stomper took a one-hit shutout into the ninth, recording his eighth strikeout of the game for the first out but a pair of singles and errors ended the shutout bid after 8.1 innings.

“Everything worked well today. Curveball, fastball, command was there, changeup command was there,” Sharp said. “I like where we’re going to go and see what the future holds.”

Sonoma scored seven runs over the first eight innings, with the entire lineup contributing. Seven different Stompers recorded hits, with Daniel Comstock and Kevin Farley each getting two.

Kenny Meimerstorf and Kam Stewart began the scoring efforts in the second inning with back-to-back home runs to lead off the inning, their 13th and fifth of the season respectively.

Comstock singled in Rob DeAngelis in the third, then a wild pitch and RBI single from Farley plated two more in the sixth.

The Stompers added a couple of insurance runs in the eighth on four Martinez errors, but the offense was more than enough support.

Brandon Erickson recorded the final out of the game after Sharp was hit by a comebacker with two outs, sealing the Stompers’ 24th win of 2018.

Sonoma and Martinez battle again Sunday, with the second game of the weekend series at 1 p.m.