With their inaugural season winding down, the Sonoma Stompers continue battling to extend their first Pacific Association of Professional Baseball League campaign into the postseason with a playoff berth, and, facing the front-running San Rafael Pacifics, earned a split to start their final home stand at Arnold Field.
After dropping a 7-2 decision to visiting San Rafael on Tuesday, the Stompers bounced back with the long ball – including two home runs by Andrew Parker and one homer each by Charlie Mirabal and player-manager Ray Serrano – Wednesday evening and posted an emphatic 11-5 victory.
In the wake of yesterday's series finale against the Pacifics – results not available at presstime – Sonoma will host the Vallejo Admirals in its final three home games starting at 7:05 p.m. tonight, which will also serve as “Dusty Baker Night.”
The Stompers and their partner, Don & Sons, have teamed to honor Baker, the former Major League player and manager, who guided the San Francisco Giants to 103 wins in his first season (1993) as their skipper, then led them to a World Series appearance in 2002.
In his Giants' tenure, Baker was named the National League Manager of the Year in 1993, 1997 and 2000, and for tonight's first 200 fans attending the game, they will receive a free photograph of Baker in action.