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San Rafael Pacifics 9 Bakersfield Train Robbers 8

8/4/2023-San Rafael Pacifics 9 Bakersfield Train Robbers 8

This game was played on 8/4/2023 at Albert Park

San Rafael pulled out a comeback win in dramatic fashion Friday by scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat visiting Bakersfield, 9-8, winning the Pacific Division title and advancing to the Pecos League Championship Series in the process.

In an error-filled contest that saw the lead change hands five times, the game was decided in the ninth as San Rafael erased an 8-7 Bakersfield lead when Kevin Johnson doubled in Kyle Guerra (whod led off with a walk and then stole second) before later closing out the series on a bases-loaded Tyler Georgeson sacrifice fly to left than had Guerra scampering across the plate with the winning run. Johnson finished the night with two hits and three RBIs for the Pacifics while Guerra scored four times on two hits and two walks. Paul Van Zboray belted a two-run homer for the Train Robbers and Christian Jones added two RBIs on a pair of singles. Reliever Billy Babb held Bakersfield scoreless over the last 1.1 innings to earn the win while the loss went to Train Robbers starter Austin Toerner, who gutted out 146 pitches before leaving with a one-run lead after the eighth.
 R   H   E 
BAK    8   12   3 
SRF    9   11   5