By Vallejo Times Herald and Admirals Staff
The Vallejo Admirals had a huge comeback and showed a lot of heart on Friday night, but in the end it wasn’t quite enough.
Vallejo scored seven times in the top of the eighth to tie the game 8-8, but San Rafael walked off with a win when Chase Tucker drove Jourdan Weiks home with high chopper in the infield in the bottom of the ninth for a 9-8 win.
The Pacifics (36-28, 15-10 in the second half) got on the scoreboard off Vallejo starter Marquis Hutchinson in the first inning when they scored three runs to take a 3-0 lead. Brent Gillespie walked with the bases load to force in the first run, while Maikel Jova and Garrett Gemgnani had sacrifice flies.
The Admirals (26-38, 11-14) cut the lead to 3-1 in the top of the third with a Darian Sandford RBI single, but Jova singled in a run in the bottom half of the frame to make it 4-1 in favor of San Rafael.
The Pacifics scored more runs in the fourth, five and sixth innings to take an 8-1 lead before the Admirals came back in the top of the eighth.
In the eighth, recently resigned Admiral Andrew Rubalcava led off with a single pinch hitting for player-manager P.J. Phillips, and then Tim Williams doubled. Gerald Bautista then made it 8-2 with an RBI groundout and moments later it was 8-3 after a wild pitch scored Williams to make it 8-3.
Brandon Warner relieved Clint Manzo but didn’t fare any better as Aaron Brill had an RBI single to make it 8-4 and then Sandford made it 8-7 later in the inning with a two-run single. Sandford scored the tying run when Joseph Hicks drove him home with an RBI single to make it 8-8.
Josh Evans came on to pitch the ninth for Admirals and immediately the Pacifics rallied. Mark Lindsay was hit by a pitch and with one out Zack Pace sent him to third with a single. Weiks pinch-ran for Lindsay and scored on the Tucker groundout for the win.
Notes: Jake Taylor continued his dominance against Vallejo this season as he went 3-for-6. … Sandford stole two bases on Friday to up his total to 62. … Sandford, Hicks, Phillips and Williams all finished the game with two hits each.