After all, he hadn't even done it consistently in his amateur baseball career.
"I've thrown a couple complete games in junior college, but those were only seven innings instead of nine," Gonsalves said at Wilson Park, two hours before the Admirals took the field against the Santa Rosa Rose Buds. "The only other complete game was in (American) Legion ball when I was 17."
The Vallejo Admirals announced Tuesday that a new ownership group, headed by Tito Fuentes Baseball Academy and local businessman Buck Kamphausen, will be taking over ownership of the formerly cash-strapped baseball team.
The Admirals will continue their season next Tuesday against Santa Rosa at Wilson Park in Vallejo.
Times-Herald staff report
The Vallejo Admirals have been no stranger to controversy the last few weeks. On Saturday, they actually had some good come out of it.
Vallejo (17-21) won 1-0 over San Rafael on the road when pinch-runner Ethan Gibbons scored from third on a base hit by Michael Cerda in the top of the ninth.
The controversy, according to the San Rafael broadcast, concerned a non-interference call on the Cerda hit where baserunner Ted LeMasters collided with the Pacifics' second baseman Price Kendall, who was attempting to field the ground ball. The Pacifics argued the call, but to no avail.
The run was all that was needed for the Admirals as Kyle Brueggemann, as he went eight innings and gave up just four hits while striking out seven batters. His earned run average on the year is now 0.82.
Paul Geuy came in the ninth inning for the Admirals to record the save as he struck out the side.
The win was the Admirals eighth in their last 11 games and fifth straight under new ownership. New manager Tito Fuentes is 6-0 this season at the helm. He was Vallejo's manager in their home opener this season.
Vallejo only managed four hits, two of them coming from Chris Elder.
In the ninth, pinch-hitter Andrew Rubalcava was left off the lineup card written by Fuentes and was ruled ineligible. The Admirals ended up getting a hit by Tillman Pugh anyway.
Gibbons pinch-ran for Pugh and eventually scored.
By Tim Fitzgerald
The Admirals made their first road trip under new ownership and management this weekend, crossing highway 37 to take on the rival San Rafael Pacifics. And what the Admirals may lack in pomp, pageantry, and decorative bunting in comparison to their cross-bay rivals, they made up for it with spectacular starting pitching and timely hitting.
Down 2-0 since the 4th inning, the Admirals put a rally together in the 7th that was capped off by a 3-run shot from Lito Roman.
Erik Gonsalves was again the key to the Admirals success, pitching 8 and 1/3 innings, striking out 6 batters, allowing 7 hits, and walking only 1, nearly notching his 4th complete game in a row.
Manager Tito Fuentes Jr. said it was, “Another night of Gonsalves being Gonzalves!”
The Pacifics started the scoring in the 4th inning, when catcher Matt Kavanaugh drove in a pair of runs with a two-out single. Designated hitter Johnny Woodard and third baseman Kyle Dhanani lead off the inning with back-to-back singles, and were moved into scoring position by on a bunt shortstop Danny Gonzalez, before Kavanaugh’s four-hopper through the middle.
The Admirals attempted to answer in the top of the 5th. Singles by Streich & Rubalcava had the Admirals threatening with one out. But Tillman Pugh struck out with a full count, and Lito Roman hit a chopper to third that lead to a close force play to end the inning.
Roman would take advantage of his next opportunity with runners on in the 7th. Designated Hitter Andrew Rubalcava and Tillman Pugh hit back-to-back singles with two outs. The Lito Weapon drove a ball to left field that carried out of the reach of the leaping left fielder, Chase Fontaine, just above the 320 ft sign.
That 3-run shot put the Admirals on top by a run, finally getting to starter Kyle Devore who had been cruising to that point.
“Couldn’t have come at a more perfect time,” Fuentes Jr. commented on Roman’s game-changing swing.
Gonzalves worked into the 9th, giving up a lead-off single and then handling a sacrifice bunt, before closer Joe Lewis came in to shut the door, notching his 3rd save of the year.
The Admirals improved to 16-21, winning seven of their last 10. They’ll be right back at it for game 2 of the 3-game set, with Kyle Brueggemann on the mound.