EARLY RUNS HELP BREAK FRANCHISE WIN RECORD

  Brock Hartley scores in the second inning of the Sonoma Stompers game against the Pittsburg Diamonds, August 26, 2018 in Sonoma, Calif.(James W. Toy III / Sonoma Stompers)

Brock Hartley scores in the second inning of the Sonoma Stompers game against the Pittsburg Diamonds, August 26, 2018 in Sonoma, Calif.(James W. Toy III / Sonoma Stompers)

SONOMA, Calif. – The Sonoma Stompers rebounded quickly from their close loss Saturday, scoring early and holding their lead for nearly the entire game as they topped the Pittsburg Diamonds 7-5.

Vijay Patel pitched out of trouble in the first, then ran into trouble in the third when the Diamonds scored five runs. To preserve his arm for the final week of the regular season, Patel left the game after that third inning.

Before Pittsburg scored its five runs, the Stompers got the scoring started with five of their own, including singles from Kenny Meimerstorf and Daniel Baptista, then a two-run knock from Brock Hartley.

Rayson Romero went on to single in Hartley, Marcus Bradley drove in Bronson Butcher, who had been hit by a pitch and Kam Stewart doubled in Romero.

While five runs on five hits was not enough offense at first, the Stompers countered the Diamonds’ five-run inning with two more to take the lead on a two-run single off the bat of Butcher.

The two run lead held through the remainder of the game, as Jason Seever was the first out of the bullpen once Patel left, pitching the next three innings, allowing just one hit and retiring the final nine Diamonds he faced. Cole Watts and Ryan Richardson both pitched scoreless innings as well, preserving Sonoma’s two-run lead.

Jacob Cox entered the game in the ninth, saving his seventh straight game, eighth in August and 25th of the season. The win was Sonoma’s 53rd of the season, settling a franchise record for wins in a season, breaking the mark of 52 the team set in 2017.

After a Monday off, the Stompers enter the final week of the regular season before gearing up for the playoffs. They play their final road games of the season in Napa against the Silverados Tuesday and Wednesday, then welcome the San Rafael Pacifics to Palooza Park at Arnold Field for the last two games of the year.