CLIPPERS PULL TO WITHIN 3, CAN’T COMPLETE COMEBACK IN SLUGFEST
MARTINEZ, Calif. -- The Clippers struck first, fell behind, and rallied, but ultimately could not put away the Vallejo Admirals in a 17-9 loss that saw these teams hit a combined 11 home runs in a barnburner finale to this two-game series.
The Clippers were able to score one in the 1st and two in the 2nd, off an RBI single by Nathan Ethridge (1-5) and a two-run homer by Wilkyns Jimenez (3-4), 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 3rd, putting up seven runs on just five hits and sending 12 men to the plate. Matti Doxter (L, 0-2), after facing just one over the minimum through two innings, was knocked out of the ballgame in that 3rd 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 6th 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 (1-3) reached on an error, Wilkyns Jimenez hit his second two-run home run of the day. Zach Felix (0-4) grounded out, leaving the bases cleared for Cole Easley (1-4) at the top of the lineup. Cole Easley, Jimmy Lunardelli (1-5), and Will Decker would then go back-to-back-to-back, giving the Clippers four home runs in just five at-bats and pulling the Clippers to 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 7th 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 9th 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 their longest road trip of the year, at six games. 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.
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