Tim Livingston, Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations
It may be a small sample size, but the Stompers are now 9-0 when playing a game that is a part of a three-game series and 0-1 when playing a game where other games in the series have been postponed.
Luckily for the Stompers, they have plenty of three-game series remaining, and if the last two weeks are any indication, the rest of the Pacific Association could be in trouble.
With their 7-3 victory on Sunday night over the defending champion San Rafael Pacifics, the Sonoma Stompers completed their third sweep of the season behind yet another sensational start by former closer Mike Jackson, Jr.
After a spirited first career start last week in Vallejo, Jackson (1-0) used every pitch in his arsenal to his advantage once again, and thanks to an early four run lead granted to him by his offense, the big right-hander was able to throw more strikes and keep the pressure on the San Rafael (3-7) lineup.
In his six innings, Jackson allowed only one run on five hits while walking three and striking out eight. The eight punchouts are the most strikeouts thrown by a Sonoma (9-1) pitcher in a single game this season.
The Stompers offense once again came up with a double-digit hit effort, as the 12 hits brought their season total to 119. They still lead the Pacific Association in both hits and runs scored, and they have a +36 run differential, by far the best in the Pacific Association. Pittsburgh is second, but with only a +12 differential.
The 12 hits on Sunday evening came from only five batters, as both Gered Mochizuki and Sergio Miranda had three-hit games. Danny Baptista, Mark Hurley and Matt Hibbert all had two hits in the 7-8-9 spots, with Baptista going yard in the sixth for his first homer as a Stomper.
The historic run for the Stompers continues, as they have won nine out of ten games for the first time ever, and their four game lead over the 6-6 Vallejo Admirals is the largest in team history.
The Stompers will begin a stretch of 12 road games over their next 15, and after an off day on Monday, the team will play all of their next six games on the road. The first game will be in Pittsburg on Tuesday, June 16, with the first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. The radio broadcast of the game will begin at 6:45 on StompersBaseball.com and via the TuneIn Radio app.