The Napa Silverados’ staff pitched beautifully in a 5-4 win over the second-place Sonoma Stompers on Wednesday night at Napa Valley College.
Starting pitcher Jackson Berumen earned his second win of the season in 6⅔ innings of work, allowing two earned runs on a season-high eight strikeouts and one walk as the Silverados improved to 15-21.
Napa’s offense kicked into gear in the sixth, when it scored four runs with two outs off Sonoma starter Vijay Patel.
With the Silverados lacking their trademark power, small ball-minded manager Tito Fuentes Jr. helped them prevail. They managed to steal five bags – two by second basemen Nick Kern, who leads the league with 26 stolen bases.
For the Stompers, who fell to 22-14, Kevin Farley’s single drove in Kenny Meimerstorf in the second, Kam Stewart’s two-run homer to left made it 3-1 in the fifth. Daniel Comstock singled in Rob DeAngelis to make it 5-4 in the eighth.
Angel Mejia came into the game in the top of the ninth to close it out for the Silverados. He faced five batters, striking out three and walking two.
Berumen was happy to get the opportunity to work with his new catcher, Zack Taylor.
“He’s a very smart guy behind the plate,” he said. “He is able to read swings quickly.”
Berumen said he’s been working on his various pitches all week.
“You can ask anybody,” he said of his teammates. “They’ve all been helping me work on my breaking stuff.”
Despite scoreless seventh and eighth innings of relief from Ryan Richardson and Cole Watts, Sonoma couldn’t make up any more ground offensively and its win streak was over at five games.