Stompers on road at Pittsburg for 6-game series, split first 2 games

In the first four series of their inaugural Pacific Association of Professional Baseball League season the Sonoma Stompers played the San Rafael Pacifics and Vallejo Admirals, and on Tuesday night they faced the Pittsburg Mettle in the first meeting of a long six-game road series between the two PAPB teams.

The Stompers were trailing Pittsburg in its home opener 4-2 when Joel Carranza led off the top of the eighth inning with a walk against Pittsburg starting pitcher and former San Francisco Giant, Wayne Franklin, and, with one out, moved to third base on Kyle Jones’ double to left-center field.

Carranza scored on pinch-hitter Reid Chenworth’s errored line drive to left field, and, after the Mettle went to its bullpen, Derrick Fox walked to load the bases and Aritz Garcia walked, with Jones crossing the plate to tie the game for Sonoma.

Then Jayce Ray worked a bases-loaded walk for the lead run and Steve Rinaudo followed with a clutch two-RBI single up the middle and the Stompers had an 8-4 triumph.

Sonoma starter Erik Gonsalves (2-1) was the winning pitcher after going seven innings and yielding four runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out six.

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