Mathews, making his fifth start with the Stompers, retired the first 17 Vallejo batters he faced, taking a perfect game into the sixth inning.
“We had something special going there,” Mathews said. “We were keeping it simple, getting ahead of guys … The defense made plays, we executed two-strike pitches and you get good results that way.”
While the Admirals struck for two hits and a run with two outs in the sixth, then added on one in the seventh, Mathews still still struck out 11 in the game, while not allowing any walks. Seven of these walks came consecutively between the first and third innings.
The Stompers look for the sweep when they return to Wilson Park to face the Admirals Wednesday at 6:35 p.m.