CLIPPERS BULLPEN FALTERS AS NAPA COMES OUT ON TOP

MARTINEZ, Calif. -- The Clippers lost once again at home, as the confines of Joe DiMaggio Field proved hostile once again to a Martinez victory. The 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 the Clippers 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 (1-4) doubled to lead off the second inning for Martinez, and Cos Cannella (1-4) 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 Jones in the third to take a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the 3rd, the Clippers responded, scoring one on a Jimmy Lunardelli (2-5) RBI single after back-to-back hits by Luis Perez (1-4) and Chris Caffrey (2-2, 3 BB) in the leadoff spot.

The Silverados then proceeded to run away with the ballgame, scoring two in the fourth before sending ten men to the plate in the 5th 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 once again, it was too little too late. Napa and Martinez traded runs before the game was over, and the final was 11-6; at Joe DiMaggio field, the Silverados have defeated the Clippers by a total of 17 runs over just three games.

The Clippers once more try 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.

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Left: Chris Caffrey; Right: Jimmy Lunardelli, Victor Grasso

Photo credit Mark Fierner (Martinez News-Gazette)