By: Dave Grant
VALLEJO, Calif. – The San Rafael Pacifics used a pair of grand slams and seven innings of two-run baseball from Lou Evans to hand the Admirals another lopsided loss, this time 10-2 on Wednesday night at Wilson Park. With the victory, the Pacifics secured the series win and improved to 12-17 overall, while the Admirals slipped to 8-21.
After Admirals starter Christopher De Leon walked three consecutive hitters in the first inning, Miles Williams hit the first of two grand slams by San Rafael. Down 4-0, De Leon settled down and allowed only one hit until the sixth inning. Vallejo scored in the fourth on a balk that forced Nick Akins home from third.
In the sixth, San Rafael took advantage of four walks and a hit batter to score six times – including a grand slam by Brent Gillespie – to take a 10-2 lead. Demetrius Moorer also had a two-run single in the sixth inning for the Pacifics.
Vallejo managed a run in the seventh inning to cut the deficit to 10-2 after an RBI double by Tillman Pugh that brought home David Kiriakos, but it was as close as the Admirals would get.
Evans, making his first professional start since 2005 with the Chico Outlaws of the now-defunct Golden Baseball League, fired seven innings and allowed only one earned run with seven strikeouts. It was Evans’ first victory since 2004 when he was a member of the Gulf Coast League Marlins in the Florida organization.
For De Leon, he lasted five innings and allowed only two hits, which included five earned runs, six walks and six strikeouts. De Leon fell to 1-2 this season and saw his ERA rise to over eight runs per game.
Thursday’s series finale is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. PT at Wilson Park in Vallejo, with Benicia High graduate and Vallejo-born Peter Reyes set to make his first professional start for the Admirals. Right-hander Nick DeBarr (0-2, 13.78) is the probable starter for the Pacifics. The pregame show on the Admirals Baseball Network begins at 6:25 p.m. with Dave Grant and Tim Fitzgerald, with Grant calling the play-by-play.
NOTES: Pugh extended his on-base streak to 14 games with a double in the third inning … Akins extended his hit streak to four games with a double in the fourth … Admirals closer Sam Gervacio worked two perfect innings of relief, striking out three for the Admirals … the newest additions to the Admirals roster, Kiriakos, went 1-for-4 with a single and run scored, while Brandon Williams went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles.