VALLEJO, Calif. — Brandon Phillips celebrated his birthday by going 2-for-5 on Friday in his debut with the Vallejo Admirals at Wilson Park. The Admirals beat Salina, 7-3. Phillips, who turned 38, singled in the first and fourth innings. He also reached on an error, tapped out in front of the plate and flew out to center field.
In two games with the Admirals, he is now 3-for-7.
Dakota Freese was excellent on the mound, holding the Stockade hitless through five innings and allowing just three hits in seven-plus innings. Freese got the win to even his record at 3-3. He struck out nine and walked three, allowing all three Salina runs. He took over the Pacific Association strikeout lead at 42.
Vallejo batted around in the second inning, scoring four runs. Aaron Brill, Matt Eureste, Valdimir Gomez and Nick Akins Sr. each had RBI-singles in the inning. Eureste later hit a three-run home run, his first as an Admiral, to make it 7-0 in the fifth.
Brandon Phillips is a 17-year major league veteran with more than 200 lifetime home runs and 200 stolen bases in the big leagues. He is the older brother of Vallejo manager P.J. Phillips.
The Admirals host San Rafael on Saturday at Wilson Park. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. For more information, go to vallejoadmirals.com or call 707-641-1111.