Designated hitter Nick Akins Sr. cracked a grand slam but the Vallejo Admirals lost to the San Rafael Pacifics 14-8 in an afternoon slugfest at Albert Park.
The first-place Pacifics swept the Pacific Association series and lead the third-place Admirals (25-23) by eight games in the Pacific Association standings.
Akins hit his league-leading 22th homer during a five-run eighth inning. He leads the league in RBIs as well with 56.
San Rafael (33-15) however put up nine runs in the seventh inning and led 14-3. That inning was highlighted by Kyle Ulanday’s three-run blast. He finished with five RBIs. Javion Randle also went deep in the game.
Vallejo’s other big inning was a three-run fifth as Rian Kiniry had a two-run double.
The win went to Trevor Lubking and the losing pitcher was d’Aundray Van Slyke. The Vallejo pitching staff allowed 14 runs but only six were earned.
Immediately following the final out, words were exchanged and both teams congregated near home plate in an altercation that did not escalate beyond minor pushing, according to the Marin Independent Journal report. The Admirals seemed unhappy with the four hit-by-pitches they endured and the handful of other pitches that nearly resulted in plunks.