Tim Livingston, Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations
The Sonoma Stompers won their 15th game out of 18 this season against the Vallejo Admirals with an 11-2 blowout victory at Wilson Park on Sunday afternoon. Sonoma won five of six games this week on the road and seven of nine including last weekend's home series against the Admirals.
It was more of the same from Sonoma (2-1 2nd half, 28-12), who continued to pound away against the worst pitching staff in the league. Right from the start, the Stompers offense was ready against Scott Weinschenk (1-4), who had experienced his struggles in the first half of the 2015 season and was hoping something might change with the second half reset.
Instead, Sonoma exploded for seven runs in the first three innings against Weinschenk to put Vallejo on their heels. A five run second inning was highlighted by Taylor Eads' two-run double to right-center, and once Yuki Yasuda and Gered Mochizuki hit their sacrifice flies, the Stompers had more than enough runs for a day's work.
For Gregory Paulino (4-3), it was like a recall to a week previous, when his stellar eight-inning performance at Arnold Field helped clinch the first half championship for the Stompers on July 12. In this start, he continued his dominance over the Admirals, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks with six strikeouts. It was his fifth quality start in eight chances in 2015, and against Vallejo, he has allowed only 2 earned runs in 25 1/3 innings.
Offensively, Eads was again the star. He went 3-for-3, with all three hits being doubles. He also drove in three runs, with one coming on a sacrifice fly to deep left with the bases loaded in the third that just missed being Sonoma's first grand slam of the season. He also drew a walk, meaning he's reached base in nine of his last 10 plate appearances.
Adding to Sonoma's 14 hit attack was the similarly hot Mark Hurley, who had yet another multi-hit day going 2-for-5. He now has nine multi-hit games in his last 13 and is on a 15-game hitting streak. Isaac Wenrich, T.J. Gavlik and Joel Carranza also added two hits each.
Sonoma will have the off day on Monday before returning home for a three game series against the San Rafael Pacifics beginning Tuesday. The Tuesday night matchup will be the beginning of Women's Wine Week at the ballpark, where female fans ages 21 and older will receive a glass of wine along with a discounted price on both premium reserved ($12 - $23 value) and grandstand ($10 - $18 value) seats.
Tickets begin at just $4 and can be purchased online at StompersBaseball.com or at the Stompers Fan Shop, located at 234 W. Napa St. in beautiful downtown Sonoma. Tickets can also be purchased at the gates at Arnold Field before any home game. For more information, call the Stompers at (707) 938-7277 or email the team at email@example.com.