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Clippers sweep two from Napa after bench clearing brawl in opener

The Clippers completed a two-game sweep of the Napa Silverados Wednesday, scoring a total of 17 runs and defeating Napa by finals of 8-4 and 9-4. With this second sweep of the 2018 campaign, the Clippers improve to 7-7 in the second half and 6-2 at home in the same period.

A bench-clearing incident in the series opener led to one ejection, as the Clippers led 2-0 after three innings on an Alan Mocahbee (2-4, 3 RBI) solo home run, the first of two for Mocahbee on the evening, and a Nathan Etheridge (2 RBI) sacrifice fly.

Martinez starter Grayson Weber set down the first ten batters he faced but gave up a pair of two-run homers in the 4th and the 5th to put the Silverados up 4-2, but with the game into the bullpens, that would be all Napa could muster, with Dalton Bernardi (1-0) picking up the win in relief and Rob Humes picking up his second save.

The Clippers went on to score six unanswered runs with back-to-back home runs by Jacob Barfield (9) and Shaine Hughes (4) giving the Clippers a 5-4 lead in the 6th. Chris Butcher, who’d allowed only three long balls in 37 innings pitched to that point, and Jacob Barfield got into it, as their argument set the stage for the tumult to come.

After Alan Mocahbee’s second homer of the game in the 7th put the Clippers up 7-4, both benches nearly emptied as Zach Taylor of Napa and Mocahbee began arguing at home plate as Mocahbee rounded the bases, prompting umpire Eric Thompson to separate the two. After a mound visit by Napa manager Tito Fuentes Jr., Chris Butcher delivered a first-pitch beanball to Nathan Etheridge to get himself immediately thrown out. Both sets of coaches successfully kept their teams near their respective dugouts, as no punches were thrown (and, as of press time, there was no information on any suspensions issued). The Clippers would go on to win, 8-4.

In game two of the set, the Silverados would drop their seventh in a row by the final of 9-4, as Jimmy Lunardelli and Nathan Etheridge would combine to go 7-9 with four RBI and five runs scored.

Martinez tallied four hits in the first inning to jump out to a 4-0 lead. Jacob Barfield homered for the second consecutive game to drive in three and Nathan Etheridge (4-5) came through with a clutch two-out RBI single. The Clippers would lead 8-1 by the fifth inning, getting RBI from Devin Carter and Jimmy Lunardelli (3-4) to back up a six-inning two-run pitching performance from Logan Campbell (W, 2-0).

The loss in the second game went to Elvin Liriano (0-2) of the Silverados, as the Clippers would tack on one more in the sixth to take down Napa 9-4. It was the sixth game out of the past seven for the Silverados that featured at least two errors, as the Clippers shelled Napa with six home runs and 17 runs total during the two-game set.

The Clippers continue their four-game homestand with two games against the red-hot Sonoma Stompers beginning Thursday night. Sonoma comes to Martinez having just won their seventh in a row against San Rafael to tie the Pacifics for the best record in the Association at 37-17. Oakland Athletics public address announcer Dick Callahan will be the Clippers guest PA announcer on Thursday, as the first annual Clippers Fanfest kicks off.

Clippers avoid shut out, drop first of road trip to San Rafael 3-1

July 27, 2018: The Clippers took the loss against first-place San Rafael Thursday night in the first game of a four-game road trip, 3-1. Logan Campbell pitched into the seventh inning, but took the loss as the Pacifics José Morel took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and would strike out 12 over seven strong frames.

The first meaningful offense in the ballgame came in the form of a three-run third for San Rafael, in front of a crowd of 533 spectators on Jewish Heritage Night at Albert Park. An error by Jimmy Lunardelli in left began an inning of small ball that would see Brent Gillespie, the Pacifics’ 205-pound first baseman, bunt for a hit, with only one base knock against Logan Campbell reaching deep into the outfield grass.

Jake Taylor finished with two RBI for the Pacifics, as the Clippers would struggle against Morel (3-1). Martinez had their first hit of the ballgame come in the fifth inning off the bat of Matt Richards.

Against a combination of Morel and Tyler Herr, Martinez put two runners on base three times during the ballgame, but wound up a combined 1-8 with RISP.

Jose Casilla, San Rafael’s closer, came in with a 3-0 lead, but a one-out double by Jimmy Lunardelli (2-3), a pinch-hit single by Shaine Hughes, and an RBI groundout from Chris Caffrey put the Clippers on the board. However, the tying run, Devin Carter struck out to end the Clippers’ hopes of a dramatic comeback.

Martinez looks for a series split against San Rafael on Friday behind RHP Joe Jones.

Notes:

Former Clipper Chris Powell made his first start with the Schaumburg Boomers on Thursday, taking the complete-game loss while striking out five against the Windy City Thunderbolts in the nightcap of a doubleheader.

Nathan Etheridge (0-4) stranded four of the nine total Clippers left on base versus San Rafael.

Rich Walcoff, longtime KGO/KNBR 49ers and Raiders pre and post-game host and radio personality, as well as the first-ever Super Bowl sideline radio reporter, threw out the ceremonial first pitch and later appeared on the Clippers Baseball Radio Network.

Clippers crush Napa with eight-run fourth, rout Silverados 11-2

July 20, 2018: The Clippers rallied behind starter Chris Powell for eight runs in the fourth inning Friday in Napa, picking up their eighth win of the season by their largest margin of victory ever, winning 11-2.

The Clippers’ blowout of Napa gives them a 4-6 record over the last ten games, and fully doubles their win total of four from just a couple of weeks ago. Once again, it was quality pitching that got it done for Martinez, despite the large final margin.

RHP Chris Powell went eight full innings for the Clippers, giving up only two earned runs on two hits, and at one point retiring seven in a row in route to 10 strikeouts.

Eric Thomas, a new acquisition for Napa, was completely outmatched by Powell, ending the day with an ERA of 10.80 after allowing four earned runs in just over three innings. The Clippers, who reached double-digit hit numbers for the fourth consecutive time at Napa Valley College, took advantage of three Silverado pitchers in the fourth inning alone to go a combined 10-36 on the day with nine RBI.

The Clippers face the Sonoma Stompers at home this weekend, heading into the halfway point of the Pacific Association season.

Dan Parker named new field Manager of Clippers

July 10, 2018: Dan Parker was named the new field Manager of Clippers Tuesday afternoon. Parker is currently Head Coach for the Napa Valley College Storm, who play in the Bay Valley division of the CCCBCA. The Storm finished sixth in 2018, going 15-24 overall and 9-12 in conference play.

“I’m extremely excited to be able to coach professional baseball near my hometown,” Parker said. “We’re going to try to get the best we can out of each guy [on the roster], and move forward from there. We’re going to put the best lineup out there, not change too much, but make sure we’re challenging [teams in the Pacific Association].”

Dan Parker grew up in Danville and played baseball at Diablo Valley College before being selected in the 16th round of the 1999 MLB Amateur Draft by the Houston Astros. Parker elected to forgo a spot on the Fresno State roster to play minor league ball in the Astros system, where he pitched for two years, before playing independent ball for another two seasons in the early 2000’s.

Parker began his coaching career as the head coach for Tamalpais High School (2005-06) and St. Helena High School (2007-08). He was also an assistant coach at Justin-Siena High School (2009-10) and Napa Valley College (2011-12). More recently, Parker served as associate head coach for Diablo Valley College (2013-14).

In 2015 and 2016, he was an as assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator for Academy of Art University, a private school in San Francisco. The Urban Knights (15-34 overall) finished in eighth place in 2016 in the Pacific West Conference, an NCAA Division II League.

Parker’s first game at the helm for the Clippers will be tonight at home against the Vallejo Admirals.

Sonoma scores six unanswered runs to down Clippers 11-7

The Sonoma Stompers were able to muster up three crucial home runs, including a grand slam by Kevin Farley, to come all the way back from a four-run deficit and swamp the Clippers 11-7 Sunday afternoon in Sonoma.

Trailing by the score of 3-1, Martinez was able to put up a six-run fifth inning as it sent eleven men to the plate, but three home runs in that frame were counteracted by another two long balls by Miles Williams (10) of the Stompers, giving him four in two games. Kevin Farley also added a seventh inning grand slam off of Rob Humes. Six runs in the seventh gave Sonoma their lead back, and then some, as the Clippers lost their 28th of the year and dropped to 10 games back of a playoff berth.

The Clippers also committed four errors in a game that saw Martinez’ fielding percentage drop back to fifth in the league, sitting three points behind Pittsburg at 0.955, and although the Clippers took advantage of three Stomper miscues, it wasn’t enough to put the Clippers over the top in a game that saw good offensive production.

Jacob Barfield hit his first professional home run, as Shaine Hughes (2-4) tripled and scored. Luis Perez ended up with three hits in five tries, including a ninth-inning double, as Devin Carter (0-2) and Matt Richards (0-1) each drew multiple walks.

The Clippers head home on Tuesday and Wednesday to host the Vallejo Admirals, as Jalen Miller (0-2, 5.33 ERA) will face Joe Jones (1-6, 9.09 ERA) for the first time this season. The Admirals own the season series against Martinez this season, winning all seven games, and have outscored the Clippers 68-32 in five games at Joe DiMaggio Field, scoring 36 runs on 21 long balls in those games.

Clippers earn first series victory of season against Pittsburg

July 6, 2018: The Clippers scored two in the ninth and three in the 11th to get their first series victory of the season, defeating the Pittsburg Diamonds 9-6 in dramatic comeback fashion Friday night in Pittsburg.

Devin Carter (2-3), up to bat with two out and one on in the ninth inning, shot his eighth home run of the season off the scoreboard at City Park to tie the series finale between the Diamonds and the Clippers at six-all, capping a stellar five-plus innings from Matti Doxter out of the Martinez bullpen, and allowing the Clippers to rally for the win in extra innings for the second time this season.

“From the sixth inning, I knew we had the momentum. We had a bunch of zeros up on the board and we were still chipping away at that lead. Matti [Doxter] was cruising, we had an opportunity and we took advantage of it, and that’s how winning is done. Really proud of this team,” said Carter of his home run and the win.

With the victory, the Clippers move to 6-26 on the season. They’ve have won three of their last ten games (all against the Diamonds). They have now bested the Diamonds on three occasions, two more times than they’ve beaten any other Pacific Association competitor. Decker opined on the Clipper’s recent run, “Really, it’s a matter of timing. We didn’t face Pittsburg the first three or four weeks of the season, we were a team in transition, but we’ve got our lineup pretty well set now. We’re a rapidly improving team, and they just happen to be the team we’re playing.”

Martinez jumped out to an early 3-1 lead, as has become the norm for the Clippers, after a Will Decker (3-5) solo blast in the first inning, his sixth, and a 2-run single from Shaine Hughes (2-4) in the third. However, Wes Wallace (7) capped a four-run third for Pittsburg with a three-run homer. Jacob Hill, who received to a no-decision for Martinez in just his second start, was yanked from the game after just 2 1/3 innings, as Matti Doxter came into the game in relief.

Doxter would pitch through the seventh inning, going 5 1/3 while allowing just one earned run and striking out six. More importantly, his performance gave the Martinez bullpen a much-needed day of rest, working efficiently (and at one point retiring eight in a row). The score would remain 6-3 until the seventh, when another RBI base hit from Shaine Hughes would make it 6-4.

In the ninth, Nicholas Barnese (L, 1-2) came on to pitch for the Diamonds. He proceeded to hit Decker with a pitch to bring up Carter with two down in the ninth. After Carter’s game-tying home run, Drue Bravo retired the side in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extras, as his counterpart Barnese was charged with a blown save and his second home run allowed against Martinez in two outings.

In the international tiebreaker format, the last two batted outs took their places on first and second for each side in the 10th. A sacrifice bunt laid down by pinch hitter Chris Caffrey was successful, but with the bottom of the Martinez lineup due up, Barnese was able to strike out Victor Grasso and Luis Perez to send the game to the Diamonds’ half of the tenth.

Phil Richmond (W, 2-1) came on to pitch the tenth for the Clippers, and with the winning run reaching third on a sacrifice fly, Richmond retired the side in order. He did the same in Napa during the Clips other extra-inning affair this season, coming up aces in a huge situation for Martinez.

Finally, in the 11th, the Clippers were able to break the deadlock. A sacrifice fly by Matt Richards scored Chris Powell, a starting pitcher for Martinez who came in to pinch-run and was advanced to third by a Pedro Barrios sacrifice bunt. Martinez would only add on from there, getting a Decker RBI single and a line shot off the bat of Nathan Etheridge that was overrun by Patrick O’Donnell to make the score 9-6.

In the bottom of the 11th, Richmond would put the Diamonds away for good. He retired the side in order and struck out Wes Wallace, who had homered earlier in the game and represented the tying run at the plate with two out, to clinch the Clippers’ second extra-inning victory on the road this year.

The Clippers continue this three-game road trip with a pair off games in Sonoma this weekend, before heading home for four games next week. First pitch is at 6:05PM Saturday at Arnold Field, with RHP Chris Powell (0-1, 6.08 ERA) projected to start for Martinez.

Clippers fall victim to field curfew in 15-12 loss to Pittsburg

July 6, 2018: The Clippers lost a thrilling game to the Pittsburg Diamonds on Thursday night 15-12 in a darkness-shortened game at Joe DiMaggio Field.

A special ground rule at Waterfront Park forced the regulation game to be called after eight and 1/2 innings of play, as the field lights shut off at 10:27PM in the midst of a heated game that saw the Diamonds and the Clippers each go up by as many as four runs.

Jacob Hill received to a no-decision after tossing 120 pitches in just four innings, as the Clippers couldn’t take full advantage of Brett Solano’s worst start of the season despite accumulating 20 hits throughout the evening, a franchise record for an embattled Martinez squad that also picked up six extra-base knocks.

Grayson Weber (2-1) took the loss while Cain Spangler (2-1) got the win, both in relief, as back-to-back home runs in the sixth for Pittsburg tied the ballgame at eight after Martinez had jumped out to a 7-3 lead after the first two innings.

Will Decker (3-4, 2 RBI) hit his league-leading 14th double of the season off the top of the wall in right, spurring argument from the Clippers that the ball had bounced off a tree and come back into play and should’ve been a home run. Matt Richards (5-6, 3 RBI) had three singles, a triple, and a home run, ending the game just a double shy of the cycle. Six Clippers had multiple hits, and three finished with 3 or more on the day. Jacob Barfield also had his first professional hit, a single to right, even as he struck out for the fourth time in two games. Martinez drops to 1-15 at home, the worst in the league just eight games from the season’s halfway mark.

Pittsburg’s Rafael Valera, Morgan Blatnik, and Joel Carranza each walked three times, and Carranza came through big with a bases-clearing double in the eighth to put the Diamonds up 15-11 and finish with six RBI on the day (one of two Diamonds to reach the six-RBI mark). A late comeback by Martinez stalled after Devin Carter’s (3-4, 4 RBI) seventh home run of the season.

The Clippers will travel to Pittsburg for the rubber match on Friday at 6PM Pacific Time. Southpaw Jacob Hill (0-2), who leads the team with a 4.97 ERA will take the mound for Martinez.

San Rafael scores two in ninth, walks-off 4-3 over Clippers

July 2, 2018: A tight game came unraveled for Martinez in the ninth Sunday night, as the Clippers blew a one-run lead and allowed five consecutive Pacifics to reach base to lead off the inning as a walk-off walk to DonAndre Clark gave San Rafael its 10th consecutive win and handed Martinez their league worst 24th loss of the season by a score of 4-3. It was their fourth loss this season when leading after the 7th inning, and their fourth blown lead against the Pacifics this year.

This time, it was the Pacifics who jumped out ahead early, making good on two Clipper errors in the first inning to gain a 1-0 advantage. Chris Powell, who committed one of those Clipper errors on an ill-advised throw to first base, settled down on the mound after his rocky first inning, retiring 16 of the next 17 he faced.

Powell would not allow another Pacifics run until the seventh inning, and in fact brought his ERA down a full two points, ending the day with a 6.08 earned run average. He finished with eight strikeouts and allowed only one earned run on seven hits and two walks in his first quality start of the 2018 campaign.

Powell left the game in line for the win, after the Clippers strung together a couple of hits in the third and the fourth innings to take a one-run lead. RBI’s by Pedro Barrios and Wilkyns Jimenez set the stage for a solo homer to left by Chris Caffrey in the seventh. Caffrey’s line shot that made it all the way out onto Andersen Drive, at the time providing some much needed insurance for Martinez.

After Drue Bravo worked a scoreless eighth for Martinez, the score was 3-2 Clippers heading into the bottom of the ninth. Facing the bottom of the Pacifics lineup, Phil Richmond allowed a leadoff single to Zach Files, and an untimely error by Pedro Barrios on a ground ball off the bat of Mike Staudinger put the tying run on third base and the winning run on second with no outs.

Ricky Gingras was then intentionally walked to load the bases and bring up Aaron Brill, the nine-hitter who had been 0-3 in the game. Brill was able to put down an infield single on a swinging bunt, tying the game at three as the runners all moved up, allowing DonAndre Clark to draw a game-winning walk on a 3-2 fastball that was nowhere near the zone. It was the Pacifics second walk-off this week. Phil Richmond was tagged with the blown save and the loss, as he drops to 1-1 on the season.

The Clippers host the Vallejo Admirals on Tuesday, July 3, before beginning a three-game series with Pittsburg over the July 4 holiday. RHP Jason Harper (1-4, 7.43 ERA) takes the mound for Martinez on Tuesday. He’ll go up against southpaw Luis Ramirez (2-1, 3.98 ERA) of Vallejo.

Diamonds secure series split against Clippers with 11-3 rout

June 29, 2018: The first three Clippers batters were the only three to score for Martinez, as they lost the first game they’ve played at Pittsburg’s City Park Field to the Diamonds by the final of 11-3 as they fell to 14 games back of the San Rafael Pacifics.

The Clippers were able to space out nine hits throughout the warm evening in Pittsburg, and even took the lead on a flurry of base hits in the first, but couldn’t hold the advantage as four spots in both the first and fourth innings for the Diamonds lifted them into fourth place in the Pacific Association. Martinez watched their team ERA climb above 8.50 once again this season, and lost their tenth game in eleven tries.

In the top of the first, back-to-back singles by the one and two hitters for Martinez put runners on first and second for Will Decker, who drove in Pedro Barrios with his lead leading 12th double of the year. Productive outs from Nathan Etheridge and Devin Carter each drove in a run, and the Clippers had a 3-0 lead.

The Diamonds would strike back quickly. Back-to-Back hit batsmen, a walk, and Back-to-Back singles from the heart of the Pittsburg order gave the Diamonds a 4-3 lead in short order, and they would never look back. Pittsburg would go on to score seven more unanswered runs, only four of them earned, as six members of their line-up would garner multiple hits (including six doubles off of Clippers pitching).

The Clippers continue their four-game road trip with the series finale against Pittsburg on Friday night, where Martinez will look for the series split before heading to San Rafael this weekend.

Clips come from behind for new franchise’s first home field win

June 28, 2018: For the first time in 14 tries, the Clippers celebrated on their home turf after posting six unanswered runs from the seventh inning on Wednesday night to defeat the Pittsburg Diamonds 9-7. The victory ends a nine-game skid for the Clippers, and is the first home win for a professional baseball franchise in Martinez for over 80 years.

The Clippers got strong performances from the entire lineup, as well as the bullpen. Grayson Weber got the win, and becomes the first Clipper with two victories to his credit, while Pedro Barrios went 3-4 with a home run and two RBI in just his second game in a Clippers uniform.

Manager Chris Decker described the scene as “very exciting. The crowd was supportive, and they were behind us the whole night. We’d had a comeback the night before, where we tied the game up but couldn’t hold on, but tonight our relief pitching picked up. Pedro Barrios has been contributing well, made a key play in the ninth. We finally did it!”

For Martinez, the win comes at the beginning of a stretch that will see eight of the Clippers’ next ten games played on the road. The team hopes they’ll be able to carry this momentum through to the end of the month and further, as the Pacific Association rolls up on the end of the first half of play on July 15.

The Diamonds took a 4-0 lead in the top of the first, after an RBI groundout and then a three-run shot by Gabriel Bracamonte. Though the Clippers halved that lead in the bottom of the frame, the Diamonds would maintain the lead through the seventh-inning stretch.

Heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Clippers trailed 7-3, just as they had the night before at that point of the game. On Tuesday, Martinez used the long ball to pull even, in grand style. Matt Richards first career grand slam in the league tied it up for the Clippers. On Wednesday, Martinez would take advantage of their home field yet again, putting up three home runs in the inning, courtesy of Wilkyns Jimenez, Pedro Barrios, and Nathan Etheridge, his fifth, to make the score 7-7.

On Tuesday the Diamonds had scored two in the ninth to win 9-7, but history would not repeat itself. On Wednesday, a hit-by-pitch and a walk set the stage for back-to-back singles by Pedro Barrios and Jimmy Lunardelli in the bottom of the eighth, putting the Clippers up by two this time around. In the ninth, Jacob Hill would come on to strand the tying run at the plate for his second save of the season, locking up the victory for Martinez.

The Clippers travel to Pittsburg on Thursday and Friday for the final two games of the four game series with Pittsburg. It will be their first time at Winter Chevrolet Stadium.

Vallejo walks-off in suspended game, also takes nightcap 8-5

June 22, 2018: The Clippers took two losses on Thursday over ten innings of play, as they were walked off on by Vallejo in the resumption of a previously suspended game 15-14, and then lost a close one to the Admirals 8-5.

Last Saturday’s suspended contest between Vallejo and Martinez resumed at 6:10 p.m., with the score 13-11 Admirals in the bottom of the eighth with two out and Cyle Figueroa on second base. Phil Richmond, who had entered the ballgame prior to the suspension last Saturday and had given up a two-run double to Figueroa, was required by rule to enter the ballgame to face Chris Fornaci. Fornaci, facing a pitcher who had to come in unexpectedly and on short notice, promptly doubled in Figueroa to give the Admirals a 14-11 lead.

The Clippers would tie it up in the top of the ninth, down to their final two outs, on a Jimmy Lunardelli home run and a Cos Cannella pinch-hit RBI single with the Clippers hanging on to their final three strikes. However, with Robert Humes on to pitch in the bottom of the ninth in his Clippers debut, the Admirals were gifted the winning run on two walks and an error by Humes himself. Graylin Derke singled with the bases loaded to walk it off for Vallejo 15-14.

In the nightcap, with Michael Pope on the mound for the Admirals, Devin Carter would push the Clippers out to an early 3-0 lead with a three-run shot to left in the top of the first. Pope would go just 1 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on five hits to Martinez.

Pope, however, would escape with a no-decision. A two-run homer by David Kiriakos in the first and three singles in the second for the Admirals evened the score at four after three innings. A run apiece for the clubs in the fourth frame set the stage for Vallejo to take advantage of yet another error in the fifth and break the tie.

The Admirals tacked on two more in the eighth to pull out the win, sweeping the Clippers in the season series to date. Drue Bravo was the one bright spot out of the bullpen for Martinez. in his Clippers debut, Bravo pitched the sixth and the seventh for Martinez, striking out six and allowing just one hit. The Clippers next face Sonoma at 6:05 p.m. Friday, before heading home for a set on Saturday and Sunday against San Rafael.

Clippers fall 8-7 to Napa despite late slam by Etheridge

June 20, 2018: The Clippers made Wednesday’s game against Napa their closest at home since opening week, but despite a late grand slam by Nathan Etheridge (who finished the two-game series with 10 RBI), Martinez was edged by the Silverados by the final of 8-7.

RHP Jason Harper (L, 1-2) took the mound on Wednesday for Martinez, but would give up two hits and a walk to the first three batters of the game as Napa jumped out to a 2-0 lead. A two-run single by T.C. Mark (2-4, 2 RBI) came in the midst of a great series for the Silverados’ catcher, who finished the two-game set with six RBI across Tuesday and Wednesday.

It was the Clippers own RBI man’s turn to respond in the bottom of the first. Nathan Etheridge, who has been ethereal over the past few days, came through with a two-run single of his own to knot it up at 2-2 after a single by Jimmy Lunardelli and a double by Will Decker.

However, just as had happened on Tuesday, the Silverados were able to push across a couple more runs to take a 4-2 lead. One in the second and another in the third were enough to put the Silverados up by two, and the Clippers wouldn’t score against Billy Felo (W, 2-2) until Luis Perez hit his first home run of the year to right field in the fifth. Perez home run put the Clippers within one, but a home run, a triple, a walk, and a bases-clearing double for Napa in the 6th pushed their lead to 8-3.

In the bottom of the seventh, with Tito Fuentes Jr. thinking about removing Billy Felo from the game after allowing a leadoff single to Wilkyns Jimenez and then a walk to Perez, Will Decker would reach on catcher’s interference with two out. That loaded the bases for Nathan Etheridge, who with six RBI on the series wasn’t done yet. Etheridge unloaded on an 0-1 fastball from Felo to make it a one-run game again, with his third home run of the season and first grand slam with the Clippers.

Trying to capitalize on that momentum, the Clippers would be shut down by the Napa bullpen. Chris Butcher and Deivy Mendez (SV, 1) combined to set down the last seven Clippers batters in order (including Mendez striking out the side in the ninth) to secure the victory for the Silverados.

The Silverados improved to 10-8 on the season and 5-1 against Martinez, as the Clippers dropped their tenth straight home game to begin their season and fell to 3-14 overall.

Martinez hits the road for two days before returning to Joe DiMaggio Field again this weekend. The Clippers will finish their suspended June 16th game at Vallejo tonight before the regularly scheduled contest. Martinez will take the field with two down in the bottom of the eighth and a man on second base, with the Admirals leading 13-11. The action begins at 6:00PM, before a 6:35PM first-inning start to game number 19 on the season. They’ll finish the short road trip at Sonoma on Friday.

Clippers bullpen falters as Napa comes out on top 11-6

June 19, 2018: The Clippers lost again at home, as the confines of Joe DiMaggio Field proved hostile once again to a Martinez victory. The Napa Silverados improved to 4-1 on the year against Martinez, and 3-0 at Waterfront Park, in an 11-6 victory that saw the Clippers’ bullpen unable to keep them in a tight ballgame. The bullpen allowed seven runs on just six hits through five innings of play.

The Clippers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after Alan Mocahbee doubled to lead off the second inning for Martinez, and Cos Cannella singled him home in front of a crowd of 115 at Joe DiMaggio Field. However, after Joe Jones (L, 0-3) had faced just one over the minimum through two innings, the top of the Napa lineup jumped on him in the third to take a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the third, the Clippers responded, scoring one on a Jimmy Lunardelli (2-5) RBI single after back-to-back hits by Luis Perez and Chris Caffrey (2-2, 3 BB in the leadoff spot).

The Silverados then proceeded to run away with the ballgame. Napa scored two in the fourth before sending ten men to the plate in the fifth and knocking Joe Jones out of the ballgame after giving up five earned runs in four innings. While not a bad start for Jones, who struck out five, Napa was able to take advantage of Connor Kelly and Logan Campbell out of the bullpen to push their lead out to 10-2.

Nathan Etheridge (1-5, 4 RBI) would pull the Clippers to within five with a three-run shot in the bottom of the fifth, but it was too little too late. Napa and Martinez traded runs before the game was over, and the final was 11-6. The Silverados have defeated the Clippers by a total of 17 runs over just three games.

The Clippers try once more for their first win at home on Wednesday, when Jason Harper (1-1, 12.27 ERA) gets the start for Martinez at 6:30 p.m.

Pacifics top Clippers in Father’s Day pitching duel

June 17, 2018: The Clippers fell to the San Rafael Pacifics 3-0 on Sunday. Logan Campbell was bested by Max Beatty in a matchup that saw each pitcher reach into the 8th inning of play in this final game of a six-game road trip for Martinez on Father’s Day.

Campbell took the loss after going 7 1/3 innings for the Clippers in his longest start to date. He allowed nine hits to the Pacifics, but only three runs, and was able to keep the Clippers in the ballgame despite the Clippers’ bats falling silent in their last game on the road before heading home.

Unfortunately for Martinez, Max Beatty was able to toss a complete game shutout for the Pacifics while striking out 13 and giving up only five hits. Although three of those hits were for extra bases, Beatty did not allow more than one hit in an inning. In doing so he picked up his second win of the season while facing Martinez.

San Rafael got one in the fourth, one in the fifth, and one in the eighth, all after stringing together a couple of hits (and in one case, an error). Four players for San Rafael ended the day with more than one hit, and none struck out more than once facing Campbell.

The Clippers head home for a pair of games against Napa on Tuesday and Wednesday, with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Clippers blow eight-run lead, game suspended after power outage

June 16, 2018: A power outage in the bottom of the eighth inning stalled a close game between the Clippers and the Vallejo Admirals Saturday night, just as things were getting good. The game was suspended with two out in the bottom of the eighth with the score 13-11 Vallejo and an Admiral baserunner on second.

Martinez jumped out to an 8-0 lead, only to see Vallejo bat around in the seventh and take the lead on a Kyle Figueroa two-run double which broke an 11-11 tie about ten seconds before high winds caused the outage.

The game is expected to be completed next Thursday, when the teams will meet at Wilson Park with a scheduled 6:35 p.m. start time.

The Clippers will end their six-game road trip with a game against the San Rafael Pacifics on Father’s Day Sunday, June 17th. Coverage begins at 12:40 P.T. for a 1:05 p.m. first pitch, as RHP Logan Campbell takes the mound for Martinez.

Clippers win thriller against Napa in 11, snap six game slide 9-8

June 14, 2018: Martinez secured their second victory of 2018 on Wednesday, defeating the Napa Silverados by a score of 9-8 in 11 thrilling innings that featured both a grand slam and a four-run blown save on the part of the Clippers.

The Clippers took a 2-0 lead after the top of the first on a Coz Cannella two-out two-run single, but Josh Montelongo would respond in the bottom half with a two-out two-run homer for Napa.

With the score tied at two, a pair of singles in the Clippers’ half of the second by Wilkyns Jimenez and Chris Caffrey, making his Clippers debut, combined with a four-pitch walk to Alan Mocahbee would load the bases for Jimmy Lunardelli. Lunardelli would blast his third home run of the year over the left field fence on an 0-1 fastball for the first grand slam of the season for Martinez, giving the Clippers a 6-2 lead.

The Silverados got one back in the bottom of the fourth on a Nicco Toni home run, as Connor Kelly was chased from the game after just 3 2/3 innings. Chris Powell, in his Clippers debut, got Nick Gotta to ground out to shut down Napa with two on. Powell retired all four Silverados he faced.

The Clippers responded in the top of the fifth, taking advantage of a throwing error on an attempted pickoff with runners on the corners and two out to score Will Decker. The score would remain at 7-3 until the bottom of the ninth inning, despite the Clippers stranding nine from that point onward (including leaving the bases loaded in the top of the 9th), with the Silverados having used six pitchers on Tuesday, and rapidly running out of options.

In the bottom of the ninth, with the Clippers up by four, a solo homer by Dominic Bethancourt forced Jacob Hill to come on to try to get the save for Martinez and secure the victory. Hill allowed a double and a pair of walks to load the bases with the tying run on first base. Phil Richmond then came on for the Clippers, allowing a walk to Josh Montelongo, an RBI single to Nicco Toni, and another walk to Deandre Ashbury-Heath to tie the ballgame and put the winning run 90 feet away with just one out. Richmond, facing Jordan Anderson, struck out the right fielder on three straight pitches, and then got Kai Davis to hit into a fielder’s choice to end the inning with the score tied at seven.

In the top of the 10th inning, a tiebreaker was used that saw the last two batted outs (Perez and Compton for Martinez) placed on first and second with none out. Alan Mocahbee, the first man to bat for the Clippers, grounded a base hit into left that scored Perez and game the Clippers an 8-7 lead, even as Zach Compton was thrown out rounding second base on the play.

In the bottom of the 10th, Phil Richmond came out once more for the Clippers, now in line for the win, but with Jordan Anderson starting at second base in the tiebreaker, a bunt mishandled by the Clippers infield loaded the bases for a sac fly by Nick Gotta to retie the game at eight. With the tying run 90 feet away and one out for the Silverados, Phil Richmond intentionally walked Ray Jones to bring up Nick Kern. Kern, trying desperately to get under a pitch, grounded one weakly to Richmond on the mound that he took home for the force out. A lineout to deep left field closed out the 10th inning, with the Clippers coming up.

In the 11th, an RBI fielder’s choice by Nathan Etheridge scored what would become the game’s winning run, making the score 9-8 Martinez. In the bottom of the 11th, Napa’s Nick Kern began the inning on second base. Kern, who leads the Silverado’s in stolen bases, tacked on one more with Nicco Toni at bat. Toni, with an infield single, would load the bases with none out and the winning run at second base for Ashbury-Heath, who struck out.

With one out and the bases still loaded, Jordan Anderson hit a high pop-up directly above home plate, as the infield fly rule was called, putting Anderson out. As the pop-up landed in fair territory untouched, Cannella picked up the baseball and tagged out baserunner Nick Kern, who was unaware that the infield fly rule had been called, as Kern broke for home, incorrectly believing that the force on him had not been removed. This absurd play resulted in an unassisted game-ending double play credited to Cannella.

The Clippers win snapped a six-game winning streak for the Napa Silverados, as Martinez won its first game in it’s last seven. The Clippers improve to 2-10 on the year, and the Silverados drop to 7-5.

The Clippers will continue their six-game road trip with two games against the Sonoma Stompers at Arnold Field on Thursday and Friday. Coverage begins at 5:50PM for a 6:05PM first pitch, with RHP Joe Jones taking the mound for Martinez on Thursday.

Clips jump out to early lead but lose sixth in a row to Napa 17-6

June 13, 2018: The Clippers fell to the Napa Silverados by the score of 17-6 on Tuesday night, beginning a six-game road trip with their sixth loss in a row. It was Napa’s sixth straight win, overcoming an early deficit and taking advantage of six Martinez errors.

The Clippers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first, as Nathan Etheridge’s sacrifice fly scored Jimmy Lunardelli. However three errors in the second inning by Martinez allowed four Napa runs to score on only two hits.

Martinez pulled within one after Etheridge’s two out, two RBI single in the top of the third, giving him three RBI on the day, but Napa would respond by sending 12 men to the plate in the bottom half of the 3rd inning.

The Silverados scored seven runs on just five hits, and the eight run cushion helped Jackson Berumen to breeze through his fourth and final inning of work. Logan Campbell took the loss for the Clippers despite pitching well through the first two innings, while Devontae Glenn got the win for Napa.

Napa wouldn’t look back after the third, tacking on six more in the ballgame, while the Clippers could only muster another three runs.

With the loss, the Clippers drop to 1-10 on the season and 1-2 on the road, while the Silverados improve to 7-4 overall. The Clippers’ total run differential now stands at -74 on the season, while they’ve been outscored 34-18 in their three road games to date.

The Clippers will face the Silverados once again on Wednesday in Napa. First pitch is at 6:00PM. Coverage begins at 5:45PM at mixlr.com/martinez-clippers.

Clippers can’t complete comeback in slugfest, fall to Vallejo 17-9

June 12, 2018: The Clippers struck first, fell behind and rallied, but ultimately could not put away the Vallejo Admirals in a 17-9 loss Sunday that saw the teams hit a combined 11 home runs in a barnburner finale to the two-game series.

The Clippers were able to score one in the first and two in the second, off an RBI single by Nathan Ethridge and a two-run homer by Wilkyns Jimenez, who would end up with two home runs and four RBI in a breakout offensive performance.

However, Vallejo struck back in the top of the third, putting up seven runs on just five hits and sending 12 men to the plate. Matti Doxter (0-2), after facing just one over the minimum through two innings, was knocked out of the ballgame in that third inning after allowing a three-run shot to Graylin Derke (2-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI).

The Admirals got another four in the top of the 5th, off of three home runs in the frame – including an inside-the-parker hit by Brandon Fischer, on a play that included Devin Carter’s leg getting stuck in the fence in right field. Carter was able to finish the game after a short injury delay.

Will Decker (2-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI) and d’Aundray Van Slyke (4-6, 2 RBI) would trade solo shots heading into the bottom of the sixth for the Clippers. Michael Pope (W, 2-0) had pitched a solid five innings for the Admirals, but was pulled for newcomer Eli Garcia with the score 12-4 in favor of Vallejo. The Clippers would take advantage.

After Alan Mocahbee reached on an error, Wilkyns Jimenez hit his second two-run home run of the day. Zach Felix grounded out, leaving the bases empty for Cole Easley at the top of the lineup. Easley, Jimmy Lunardelli and Will Decker would then go back-to-back-to-back, giving the Clippers four home runs in just five at-bats and pulling them within three at 12-9.

Unfortunately for Martinez, the back end of the Admirals’ bullpen proved too strong and the Clippers were not able to score again. Vallejo scored four more in a five-hit seventh inning, as Colin Moberly, Grayson Weber, and Phil Richmond closed things out for the Clippers. Nick Akins Sr. (2-5, 2 RBI) would lead off the top of the ninth with another solo home run for Vallejo, despite getting a hat trick, finalizing the score at 17-9.

The Clippers, swept for the second consecutive homestand, are 0-8 at home but .500 on the road. They’ll next try their luck on a six game road trip, their longest of the year. Martinez will visit Napa for two games, Sonoma for two games, and then Vallejo and San Rafael on Saturday and Sunday respectively to face every team except Pittsburg in just those six games. Sunday, June 17, will be Father’s Day at the ballpark in San Rafael.

Clippers can’t cash in on opportunities, fall to Napa 12-3

June 8, 2018: The Clippers stranded nine and walked 11 in their 12-3 loss to the Napa Silverados, their fellow first-year expansion team, once again falling victim to a big inning Thursday night.

The Silverados (3-4) scored in each of the first five innings, jumping out to a 3-0 lead after the top of the second. With one out in the second, the Clippers Devin Carter hit his first home run of the year over the wall in left-center, making the score 3-1.

Unfortunately for the Clippers (1-6) that would be the closest the score got all night. The Silverados added a run in the third, two in the fourth, and a whopping six in the fifth inning on home runs by Napa’s Kai Davis and Ray Jones. Three hit batsman, two walks and five errors by Martinez made the score 12-1 in favor of Napa in the fifth.

The Silverados wouldn’t score again, held by the back end of the Clippers bullpen. The Clippers would get two more runs on solo shots by Jimmy Lunardelli and Zach Compton, his third of the year, but it was too little too late as Napa was able to score 12 and leave 14 runners one base on only nine hits.

Martinez Clippers defeat San Rafael Pacifics for first win, 9-7

June 6, 2018: For the first time in their young history, the Martinez Clippers walked into San Rafael last night and for the first time, they walked away with a win, defeating the host Pacifics 9-7 Tuesday night.

Walking was the operant verb that contributed to their success. After a strong spring, College of Marin standout pitcher Will Antwydamaylo, making his first Pacifics regular-season start, had trouble throwing strikes and only lasted 1.2 innings after giving up four runs on three hits while walking five.

Brandon Warner got the early call and credibly restored order, getting the long-awaited third out in the second inning and eating up another five innings out of the pen, yielding only three runs over that period while striking out four.

“Warner was a big part of the story tonight,” said Pacifics Manager Matt Kavanaugh. “He ate up some critical innings for us and kept us in the game.”

After being down 4-0 early, Mark Lindsay led off the 2nd inning by reaching on an error by Clippers shortstop Zach Compton and later scored making it 4-1.

The Pacifics chipped away to score another run in the 3rd inning on an RBI single by DonAndre Clark, who continues to impress at the plate and in the field, to cut the lead in half, 4-2.

In the top of the 4th inning, the Martinez offense answered back against Warner on an RBI double by Compton and an RBI single by Nathen Etheridge to build the lead back up to four runs. In the 7th, Martinez would make it 7-2 on a solo home-run to dead center by Etheridge.

The potent Pacifics offense had been on full display putting runners on base in every inning but falling short of the big hit to convert them into runs. They left 12 runners on base through the first six innings.

That would change in the bottom of the 8th as the Pacifics scored five booming runs, first on a 2-run home-run to left center by Zach Files, then another tape-measure 2-run blast, the first of the year by 2016 and 2017 Pacific Association home run champ Jake Taylor. That was followed up on a back-to-back solo shot by Brent Gillespie to improbably tie the game at 7-7.

Martinez however, showed the resiliency they lacked over their first 4 games of their inaugural season, having allowed opponents to score 53 runs over that short span.

With another blown lead against their leaky bullpen, Martinez had to face the back end of the newly refurbished Pacifics bullpen that had yet to yield a run. 8th inning set-up man Chris Mazza, he of the 93mph dazzling array of cutters and sinkers, along with sliders and change-ups. Tuesday however, he was surprisingly human allowing two runs, one of which was unearned, in the top of the 9th on an RBI single from Cosimo Cannella who then scored on an error by Rando Moreno to give the Clippers their first victory of the season, and the first in their newly minted franchise history.

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