MARTINEZ, Calif. – After a lights-out performance from Tyler Sharp Saturday night, the Sonoma Stompers continued to roll Sunday afternoon, topping the Martinez Clippers 6-5 for a series sweep and the team’s third straight victory.
Winners of eight of their last ten, the Stompers tasked Dominic Topoozian with his ninth start of 2018 and like he has all season, Topoozian produced an impressive outing.
The Fresno, California native pitched seven innings, allowing just one run on six hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
“It’s what I’ve been doing all year, getting ahead and throwing with conviction every pitch,” he said. “You still have to compete though. [The Martinez Clippers] have gotten better since I pitched against them Opening Day. They were tough to strike out today, putting the bat on the ball.”
He left runners on base in each of the first four innings, then produced back-to-back 1-2-3 innings to keep his team ahead all afternoon.
Eddie Mora-Loera and Rob DeAngelis were responsible for all six of Sonoma’s runs with Mora-Loera being one of three Stompers with two-hits in the game. Marcus Bradley and Daniel Comstock each had a pair of singles in the game as well.
For Comstock, it was his 20th multi-hit game of the season.
Mora-Loera drove in runs in the second and fourth with doubles and DeAngelis brought home teammates in the fifth and seventh innings. Both Rayson Romero and Bradley scored on a sacrifice fly in the fifth and DeAngelis’ two-out RBI single in the seventh proved to be the difference in the 6-5 game.
Martinez scored four runs in the final two innings to bring the game within one, but Jacob Cox locked down his 12th save of the season in the ninth to hold on for the win.
With the season exactly halfway over, the Stompers will enjoy an off day Monday before a four-game homestand begins Tuesday with the Vallejo Admirals coming to town for two games, followed by the Pittsburg Diamonds. All four games will begin at 6:05 p.m.
Former Oakland Athletic Eric Byrnes will be on hand Tuesday to promote his "Let Them Play Foundation" before he begins a cross-country triathlon.