The slide continued for the Vallejo Admirals on Thursday as they lost their eighth straight game, this one on the road to Sonoma — a 5-1 decision at Arnold Field.
Vallejo has only scored three runs in the last 27 innings against the Stompers (46-21), who are in first place in the Pacific Association standings. Vallejo (31-36) is still in fourth place, four games up on the Napa Silverados for the final playoff spot. Napa lost 10-9 to Pittsburg on Thursday.
The Admirals were shut down by Sonoma starting pitcher Juan Espinosa, who threw 6 2/3 innings and gave up just four hits and one earned run while striking out seven.
The Vallejo hits came from Vlad Gomez, Nick Akins Sr, David Kiriakos and Graylin Derke. Akins hit was his 25th home run of the season, a solo shot in the fourth. He is all alone in second place on the league’s all-time single season home run list. The record is 31 homers by Sonoma’s Matt Chavez.
Frank Valentino took the loss for Vallejo as he gave up eight hits and three earned runs in six innings.
Kenny Meimerstorf led Sonoma’s offense with three hits, two of them home runs. He has 21 homers on the season.
Benicia High graduate Peter Reyes threw 2/3 of an inning and did not give up a run for Vallejo. He struck out one batter.
Vallejo plays at Martinez on Friday and then travels to San Rafael on Saturday and Sunday.