Tim Livingston, Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations
The Sonoma Stompers dropped their second game of the exhibition season on Wednesday morning at Peterson Field, once again falling to the defending Pacific Association champion San Rafael Pacifics, 8-0.
While Sonoma was not able to put any runs on the board, there were plenty of solid contributions all over the field. Defensively, third baseman Danny Martinez made a fine play on a soft grounder to cut down a runner heading home for a rare inning-ending 5-2 putout.
On the hill, right-hander Sean Conroy threw three shutout innings and was very deceptive from his low-three quarters arm slot. Conroy is one of many hurlers looking to make the starting rotation and his appearance Wednesday served as one of the better pitching performances in the Stompers young exhibition season.
At the plate, Sonoma had only five hits but also drew three walks and a hit-by-pitch. Infielder Yuki Yasuda had a great day with an infield single and a triple to deep left-center field. Outfielders Matt Hibbert and Collin Forgey each had hits for Sonoma, as did Martinez.
San Rafael had 10 hits in all and had seven pitchers combine to shutout the Stompers, who will now travel to San Quentin State Prison for an exhibition game tomorrow afternoon.
Opening Night is this Monday, June 1 as the Stompers host the Pittsburg Diamonds at Arnold Field. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.StompersBaseball.com, at the Stompers Fan Shop located at 234 W. Napa St. in downtown Sonoma, or beginning one hour before the gates open.