Stompers stumble, ‘Spaceman’ cometh

Wrapping up a six-game Pacific Association of Professional Baseball League home-stand with an exciting and interesting diamond weekend in the Valley, the Sonoma Stompers fell from the top spot in the second half of the season with back-to-back losses to the visiting Vallejo Admirals.

In Tuesday night’s PAPB home series opener at Arnold Field, the Stompers immediately found themselves down 4-0 after Vallejo catcher Isaac Wenrich’s grand slam in the top of the first inning, but rallied back to tie the game at 4-4 on a home run each by Andrew Parker, Steve Rinaudo and hot-hitting Joel Carranza.

For Carranza, it was his league home-run leading 13th homer.

But shortstop Elvin Rodriguez connected on a two-run homer in the sixth frame to give the Admirals a lead they wouldn’t relinquish as Sonoma got one run back in the bottom of the ninth before dropping a 6-5 decision.

Pacing the Stompers were Parker and Rinaudo's home run, two RBIs and one run scored each; Carranza's homer, RBI and run; Reid Chenworth's double and run; and Ray's single and run.

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