MARTINEZ, Calif. -- The Clippers made Wednesday’s game against Napa the 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 to put Napa on top, 2-0. 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 to respond in the bottom of the first, however - 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 (1-5) and a double by Will Decker (1-4).
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 one 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 (1-3) hit his first home run of the year to right field in the 5th. 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 out Napa’s lead to 8-3.
In the bottom of the 7th, with Tito Fuentes Jr. thinking about removing Billy Felo from the game after allowing a leadoff single to Wilkyns Jimenez (1-4) and then a walk to Luis 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 - he 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.
The Clippers, trying to capitalize on that momentum, 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 once more this Saturday and Sunday - as summer begins on Thursday, June 21st, the Clippers will finish their suspended June 16 game at Vallejo before a regularly scheduled contest. Martinez will take the field with two down in the bottom of the 8th and a man on second base, with the Admirals leading 13-11 - the action begins at 6:00 p.m. PT, before a 6:35 p.m. P.T. first-inning start to game number 19 on the season. They’ll finish the short road trip at Sonoma on Friday.
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