SONOMA, Calif. -- Despite falling behind early, the Clippers were able to secure their third victory of the year on the road, and first over Sonoma, as home runs by Jimmy Lunardelli and Alan Mocahbee led the way to a series split with the Stompers.
The Clippers continue to play at .500 on the road, as they have now split all three road series they’ve played (against San Rafael, Napa, and Sonoma), and are 3-11 overall (0-8 at home). As starting pitching begins to shape up for Martinez, Joe Jones and Jason Harper (W, 1-1) combined to allow just seven earned runs in the series at Sonoma. In fact, Martinez needed only two pitchers to complete this 10-5 victory, with Jacob Hill securing a 12-out save out of the bullpen - as the team ERA drops down (currently at a whopping 9.16), the Clippers expect to have more chances to win against Pacific Association competition.
The Stompers went up 4-0 on Jason Harper of the Clippers in the 2nd inning, after Harper was able to work a 1-2-3 1st - Sonoma sent ten men to the plate, and made good contact, scoring those four runs on five hits. However, the Stompers would be held offensively for the rest of the night by the combination of Harper and Hill, who stranded eight Sonoma Stompers.
The Clippers began to chip away at the Sonoma lead in the 3rd, as back-to-back-to-back singles from the top of the lineup made the score 4-1 and netted an RBI for Will Decker (1-4, 2 RBI).
Then, in the 4th inning, Martinez would rally with two out to put Wilkyns Jimenez (1-5) aboard after a throwing error by Kevin Farley at third base. An RBI double by Alan Mocahbee (2-4, 3 RBI) and then an RBI single for Chris Caffrey (3-4) set the stage for a two-run shot by Jimmy Lunardelli (3-5), his fourth home run of the year, and one that would give the Clippers a 5-4 lead.
The Clippers added on from there - Brandon Erickson out of the Sonoma bullpen would allow three hits to Martinez in the 6th, including a two-run home run by Alan Mocahbee, his first of the year. The Clippers jumped out to an 8-4 lead after an RBI groundout by Will Decker, and would add on two more in the 9th after singling four times off of Zach Wendorf to make the score 10-4. The Stompers got one more on a solo home run in the 9th, but Jacob Hill retired the last three he faced to secure the save and the victory for Martinez.
The Clippers will continue this six-game road trip with one game against the Vallejo Admirals on Saturday. Coverage begins at 4:50 P.T. for a 5:05 p.m. first pitch, as RHP Matti Doxter takes the mound for Martinez on June 16.
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