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Drakes Slump into Sixth Place in Pacific Standings

Jul 06, 2023 12:00AM ● By Story and photos by Steven Bryla

Marysville outfielder Joe Starick (44) slides to make an out in the Drakes 16-9 loss to Martinez on Friday, June 30.

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MARYSVILLE, CA (MPG) - The Marysville Drakes struggled this past week as they fell out of the fourth playoff position for the Pacific Division standings in the Pecos League as they went 1-5 during June 25 - July 1.

The top four teams in each of the Pacific and Mountain divisions of the Pecos League will be the eight teams competing in August for the Pecos League championship.

Through the first month of the season, Marysville was consistently in the top four but fell to sixth in the past week as they hit a huge slump dropping five of their last six games.

There is no question the Drakes have talent on their roster. Prior to competition on Sunday, July 2, Marysville outfielder Lyndon Weaver was the top hitter in the Pecos League according to the league’s hitting score formula.

The statistics on the Pecos League website are only from the Pacific division teams as none of the Mountain division teams have statistics up.

Weaver is the league leader in hits (50), runs-batted-in (RBI) with 44 and at-bats (130). Weaver is the only player on the Drakes who has played in all 30 contests this opening season for Marysville.

The Drakes went 11-13 in the month of June where they averaged 8.29 runs per game and gave up 7.08 runs/per game which mimicked the season average and they went 7-7 at home.

The fortunate news for Marysville as they have struggled away from Bryant Park on the road this season, the Drakes only have five road games for the rest of the 20 regular season games, which ends on July 31.

Marysville had the second best earned run average (ERA) on July 2 with a 6.24 ERA. The Drakes pitching staff is led by starter Rodrigo Sanchez, who is the league leader with five wins. Sanchez is 5-1 with a 3.07 ERA in his seven starts on the season.

Along with Sanchez, Evan Nakagawa and Michael Vochelli are Marysville’s manager Bill Rogan’s main starters. The main starters ERA averaged 4.0 runs per game through July 2. The main reliever Rogan has used on a consistent basis is reliever Mike Stellmack. Stellmack was 1-3 with a 5.4 ERA in 35 innings of work.

Rogan has expressed to the Dispatch in past interviews that Marysville is capable of playing with anyone in the league and it has been proven. For example, the Drakes are 3-7 against the top two teams in the Pacific standings (San Rafael Pacifics and Monterey Amberjacks).

Marysville is 1-6 against San Rafael and 2-1 versus Monterey. Other than the recent two-game skid at Lancaster, Monterey and Marysville were the only two teams to defeat the Pacifics.

Earlier in the season, the Dispatch used the statistics of the Drakes offense averaging double-digit runs per game. Marysville is 12-2 when they score 10 runs or more in a game.

With the 20 remaining games of the season on July 2, the Drakes play everyone in the Pacific division except Monterey. Marysville plays Dublin six times and Vallejo three times.

The Drakes play Bakersfield twice, with the road game on July 20 being the first of a three-game road trip between Bakersfield and Lancaster.

Marysville plays San Rafael and Martinez three games each. The Drakes are 4-5 against Martinez but have dropped three of the last four games against them since June 17.

Marysville hosted Dublin and Martinez early in the week before they host Dublin tonight and Vallejo tomorrow at 6:35 p.m. first pitch for all home games.