By Gabe Schapiro
San Rafael, CA – The Vallejo Admirals (10-21) couldn’t silence the potent offense of the San Rafael Pacifics (17-13), falling 9-1, Tuesday night at Albert Park.
San Rafael starter Max Beatty was dominant most of the night, tossing a complete game while surrendering just the one run on seven hits, no walks, and nine strikeouts. The Pacifics murderers row of Matt Chavez, Maikel Jova, and Jeremy Williams provided more than enough offense, combining for eight hits, two home runs, and five RBI.
After stranding a few runners over the opening frames, the Pacifics finally scratched across the games first runs in the fourth against Admirals starter Nick Flory.
Four singles over a span of five hitters found holes in the defense, which plated a pair for San Rafael, to give them a 2-0 lead.
The Admirals only managed one base runner over the first four innings of the game, but in the next half inning broke through.
Brad Young hit a liner down the right field line for a double, and three pitches later was driven in with a single from Tyler Nordgren to cut their deficit to 2-1.
That would prove to be all the punch Vallejo’s struggling offense could muster, however.
In the fifth the Pacifics struck again with some two out magic. After four pitches resulted in two outs, Matt Chavez and Maikel Jova connected for back-to-back singles. The big Jeremy Williams stepped to the plate and put a charge into one, sending it over the left-center field wall for a three-run dinger. The home run extended San Rafael’s lead to 5-1.
Flory’s night was done after five, but the Pacifics kept adding on against the Admirals bullpen, putting the game out of reach in the sixth. Adrian Martinez and David Kiriakos led off the inning with a walk and a single. Martinez would later score on a wild pitch, and Kirakos followed after an RBI single from Johnny Bekakis.
To put an exclamation point on their night, Chavez added a two-run no doubter the sailed well beyond the left field wall in the eighth, to hand San Rafael a 9-1 lead and wrap up their scoring.
On the bright side for Vallejo, their new additions of shortstop Gadiel Baez and second baseman Aaron Brill made an immediate impact on defense, with both turning in several great plays, leading the charge for the units error-free night.
The Admirals will look to stop their skid today at noon for game two of this three game set against the Pacifics. They will send righty Scott Weinschenk to the mound, who will try to play the stopper.