The Pittsburg Mettle baseball team played its first home game of the season on June 17 against the Sonoma Stompers, and considering the way the Mettle struggled away from City Park last week, the break from the road couldn't have come at a better time.
Pittsburg lost to San Rafael 3-2 on July 15 as the Pacifics completed a three-game series sweep. The Mettle entered this week with a 2-9 record after going 1-5 in games last week.
In Pittsburg's Father's Day loss, San Rafael scored twice in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the lead for good.
San Rafael's Mike Orefice led off the inning with a single and came in to score on a wild pitch by Tyler Greene tying the game 2-2.
After a walk to Johnny Woodard, Chase Fontaine doubled to right center field scoring what would end up being the game-winning run.
Pittsburg was held hitless through the first 4.1 innings by San Rafael pitcher Jesse Smith before Mettle shortstop Chris DeBiasi recorded his team's first hit in the fifth inning. The Mettle tied the game 1-1 on an RBI by Tony Torcato and took a one run lead on an error by Pacifics left fielder Jeremy Williams.
That was all the offense Pittsburg could muster as Smith allowed just one hit in his final three innings and finished the day with eight innings pitched, three hits, two runs, and six strikeouts.
Torcato finished 2 for 3 with RBI and DeBiasi was 1 for 4 with a run scored.
Pittsburg infielder Gregori Gonzalez leads the Pacific Association with a .487 batting average, which includes three doubles and a triple, and six RBIs. Another offensive standout for the Mettle so far is former major leaguer Aaron Miles, who is hitting .354 with four RBIs and five walks.
Pittsburg's best pitcher so far has been Wayne Franklin, who has a 2-0 record and a 2.18 ERA in two starts.
Pittsburg's game against Sonoma on June 17, after this newspaper went to press, was the first of six games this week against the Stompers.
On June 20, first pitch was at 7 p.m., with the June 21 game at 5 p.m. and the June 22 game at 1 p.m.
The following week, the Mettle remains at home with three games against San Rafael from June 24-26 and three games against Vallejo 27-29.