The Vallejo Admirals haven’t known Wilfri Aleton that long but the left-hander helped give the franchise a huge sigh of relief on Sunday at Albert Park.
Aleton threw 5 2/3 solid innings, allowing two hits and no runs and the Admirals broke a 10-game losing skid with a 6-1 win over the San Rafael Pacifics to finish a two-game, Pacific Association road series. Aleton (1-1) walked six but struck out six as well in his third appearance as an Admiral.
Daniel Diaz, pitching in just his sixth game with Vallejo, worked the final 3 1/3 innings, allowing just one run and four hits. He struck out six. He picked up the save.
The Admirals (32-38) scored five runs in the fourth inning as David Kiriakos walked and scored on Rian Kiniry’s 19th homer, a two-run shot. Later in the inning, Chevy Clarke was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a ground ball from Nick Crouse. Vlad Gomez had an RBI single to score Crouse.
The losing pitcher was Billy Damon, who worked five innings, allowing six runs, four of those earned. He walked three and fanned two for the Pacifics (45-25), who are in second place, three games out of first place.
Gomez and Kiniry both had two hits for the Admirals. DonAndre Clark had two hits for San Rafael.
The Admirals host the Pacifics on Tuesday and Wednesday at Wilson Park. There are just 10 games left in the regular season and just four at home for Vallejo.
Luckily for the Admirals, fifth-place Napa has been just as cold of late. The Silverados (27-43) have lost six straight games and are five games back of fourth place. The top four teams in the Pacific Association make the league playoffs.