Admirals Game Wrap

Admirals Take Game One in San Rafael

July 26, 2013

Tim Fitzgerald

The Admirals made their first road trip under new ownership and management this weekend, crossing highway 37 to take on the rival San Rafael Pacifics.  And what the Admirals may lack in pomp, pageantry and decorative bunting in comparison to their cross-bay rivals, they made up for it with spectacular starting pitching and timely hitting.

The Admirals were trailing 2-0 after the 4th inning, but put a rally together in the 7th that was capped off by a three-run homer over the left field fence by Lito Roman.  

Erik Gonsalves was again the key to the Admirals success, pitching 8 and 1/3 innings, striking out six batters, allowing 7 hits, and walking only one, nearly notching his fourth complete game in a row.

Manager Tito Fuentes Jr. said it was, “Another night of Gonsalves being Gonzalves!”

The Pacifics started the scoring in the 4th inning, when catcher Matt Kavanaugh drove in a pair of runs with a two-out single.  Designated hitter Johnny Woodard and third baseman Kyle Dhanani lead off the inning with back-to-back singles, and both were bunted into scoring position on a bunt by shortstop Danny Gonzalez, before Kavanaugh’s four-hopper through the middle.

The Admirals threatened to answer in the 5th inning when Streich & Rubalcava singled with one out.  But Tillman Pugh struck out with a full count, and Lito Roman hit a chopper to third that lead to a close force play for the final out.

Roman would get another shot in the top of the 7th, and take advantage of it by hitting a three-run shot off of starter Kyle Devore who had been cruising to that point.  Designated Hitter Andrew Rubalcava and Tillman Pugh hit back-to-back singles with two outs, and with two strikes Roman hit a ball that just kept carrying out of the reach of leaping left fielder Chase Fontaine, just above the 320ft sign.    

“Couldn’t have come at a more perfect time,” Fuentes Jr. said regarding Roman’s game-changing swing.

Gonzalves worked into the 9th, giving up a lead-off single and then handling a sacrifice bunt, before closer Joe Lewis came in to close out the victory, notching his 3rd save of the year.  

The Admirals improved to 16-21, winning seven of their last 10.  They’ll be right back at it tomorrow at 7 p.m. for game two of the three-game set, with Kyle Brueggemann on the mound.

© Tim Fitzgerald 2011