On the verge of beginning a long stretch of Pacific Association of Professional Baseball League home games after three weeks and 20 games of road action, the Sonoma Stompers ran into a road block by the name of P.J. Phillips in the first of a three-game series Tuesday at Wilson Park in Vallejo.
Wielding a highly productive bat, Phillips, who’s the younger brother of major league all-star Brandon Phillips, went a perfect four-for-four, including a double, three singles and five RBIs in powering the Admirals to a 7-4 win over visiting Sonoma.
Actually, the Stompers supplied some power of their own by hitting three solo home runs in the game.
Sonoma’s Joel Carranza yanked a ball far over the left field fence for a second inning homer; Charlie Mirabal lasered a four-bagger beyond the center field wall in the sixth; and Reid Chenworth had a three-hit night, including a home run to right-center field.
Vallejo’s Bryan Herrera pitched seven strong innings, allowing four earned runs on eight hits without a walk and striking out four.