SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — Montrell Marshall hit two bombs out of Albert Field on Saturday but it wasn’t enough as the San Rafael Pacifics scored two in the seventh and five in the eighth to claim a come-from-behind 9-6 win over the Vallejo Admirals.
Marshall’s home runs were his second and third with Vallejo. Both were towering drives, one over the center field fence and one that sailed far over the left field fence. The former Cincinnati Reds prospect now has three home runs in his last three games.
The second blast came in the top of the seventh and gave the Admirals a 6-2 lead. Carl Brice was dealing and chances looked good for the team to win its fifth game in a row.
But in the bottom of the inning, Brice served up a two-run homer off the bat of Raul Navarro. That ended his night. Reliever John LaRossa got through the rest of the inning unscathed, but allowed a single and a walk to start the eighth. Andrew Cartier came on and got two quick outs. But then, Navarro doubled in a run.
Matt Terrones replaced Cartier and walked pinch-hitter Jimmy Lunardelli. Yeiler Peguero, who had been hitless on the night, then singled to center field. Chevy Clarke misplayed the ball and all four runs scored on the play.
Brice went 6 2/3 innings, allowing four runs (all earned) on six hits with six strikeouts and four walks. Cartier (0-1) took the loss. Alex Rodriguez (3-1) got the win and Jailen Peguero earned his 13th save.
The Admirals conclude their road trip on Sunday, facing Napa at 1:05 p.m. Vallejo returns home on July 31 against Salina at 6:35 p.m. For more information, go to vallejoadmirals.com or call 707-641-1111.