Another quality outing from Gilmore
Stanford's two-week break was extended one extra day after Saturday's scheduled game with Pacific was rained out. But the team finally returned to the field on Sunday afternoon in Stockton as the Cardinal notched a 9-6 victory over the Tigers. Jed Lowrie supplied the big hit of the day with a three-run home run while Jeff Gilmore fired seven quality innings in a long relief stint.
After an overall slow start, the Stanford Cardinal bats
came up with a solid effort at the plate while Jeff Gilmore dominated
on the mound in a 9-6 victory at Pacific. It was a rainy, cool
afternoon in Stockton as the teams sat through a 30-minute delay to
begin the ballgame because of wet weather. It was still better
than yesterday, however, as the Cardinal and Tigers' scheduled contest
at Sunken Diamond was postponed because of rain in the Palo Alto
area. Mark Romanczuk was scheduled to start that game, but
because of the rainout, Mark Marquess elected to give his lefty a
little work in this afternoon's tilt.
Romanczuk was a tad rusty today as that combined with a couple of bloop
hits resulted in three runs allowed in his two innings of work.
Romanczuk didn't walk anyone and did come up with three strike outs,
but after 36 pitches, his afternoon was complete. The Tigers
received a leadoff double from Anthony Jackson in the bottom of the
first and he would score three batters later on a ground out.
Then in the second, #8 hitter Ramon Glasgow tripled to right center
field to plate a run while Glasgow would score when the next batter,
Dale Hall, knocked him home with a single. Romanczuk would strike
out the next two batters though to end his outing on a good note.
Trailing 3-1, Stanford tied the score with a pair of runs in the top of
the third inning. Chris Minaker led off by reaching on an error
and then moved to second when Jed Lowrie drew a walk. John Mayberry, Jr. was up next and he singled up the middle to score Minaker
which cut the lead in half. Then John Hester lofted a sacrifice
fly ball to right scoring Lowrie to tie the game at 3-3.
The original scheduled starter today, Jeff Gilmore, was summoned from
the bullpen to begin the bottom of the third inning. For Gilmore,
it was his first relief appearance since the very first weekend of last
season. And the outing would not start as Gilmore would have
Back-to-back hit by pitches started the inning which set the table for
UOP slugger Justin Baum. Baum entered the game with a whopping
eight home runs through their first 23 games. And on the first
pitch of this at-bat, Baum smoked a ball over the fence in right field
for a three-run homer and a 6-3 Pacific lead.
The Tigers threatened past the Baum homer as a double and another hit
by pitch, the third of the inning, put a couple of runners on.
But back-to-back strike outs of Hall and Jackson would keep the score
The Cardinal offense kept things going in the top of the fourth as they
reclaimed the lead with a four-run outburst. With two outs and
nobody on, Jim Rapoport got the rally started with a single.
After a walk to leadoff man Adam Sorgi, Minaker singled to right
scoring Rapoport to make the score 6-4. Then it was Lowrie coming
through with the biggest hit of the ballgame as the All-American second
baseman launched a home run to deep right center field and just like
that, Stanford was ahead by a 7-6 score.
Gilmore settled into a groove after the Lowrie home run with the
exception of three more hit by pitches. For whatever reason,
Gilmore struggled with his control, primarily with his breaking
ball. The junior plunked single batters in the fourth, fifth, and
sixth frames giving him an amazing six HBP's during his outing.
For reference, Gilmore had hit only two batters in his previous 35 1/3
innings this season entering this afternoon.
But fortunately for Gilmore and the Cardinal, his stuff was plenty good
enough to overcome the hit by pitches. In fact, Gilmore went four
full innings, the fourth through the seventh, without allowing a single
hit to the Tigers. In fact, Gilmore didn't go to his first
three-ball count until the leadoff batter of the bottom of the
Stanford added to their lead in the top of the seventh as back-to-back
RBI singles from Chris Lewis and Rapoport produced a pair of
runs. With the score 9-6, the Cardinal had a chance for more but
with the bases loaded, Minaker and Lowrie both went down on strikes to
end the inning.
The Tigers threatened briefly in the bottom of the eighth versus
Gilmore when Jesse Kovacs doubled down the right field line - the first
hit allowed by Gilmore since with no outs in the third. But the
veteran hurler was unfazed as he struck out the next two batters to
retire the side. Then in the ninth, Gilmore surrendered a leadoff
walk and a one-out single, but set down the next two hitters in order
to end the game and seal the victory.
* Gilmore tossed the last seven innings of the ballgame allowing three
runs and four hits. The junior walked one while he struck out six.
* At the plate, the center fielder Rapoport had a big day going 3-for-5
with three singles, an RBI, and a stolen base.
* Other multi-hit games came from Mayberry, Jr. (2-for-4, 2 RBI) and
Hester (2-for-4, RBI).
* Pacific lost their seventh consecutive game.
* The rainout game from yesterday will be made-up. A date for the
contest, which could be during the upcoming week, should be announced
0 2 4 0 0 2 0 0 - 9
Pacific 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0
0 - 6 9 3
WP: Jeff Gilmore (3-1)
LP: Matthew Pena (0-1)
HR: Stanford- Jed Lowrie (8); Pacific- Justin Baum (9)
Records: #12 Stanford (12-7), Pacific (10-14)
* The Cardinal return to action on Tuesday with a single non-conference
game at San Jose State. First pitch at Municipal Stadium is
scheduled for 7:00pm.