VALLEJO, Calif. -- The Clippers took two losses on Thursday over ten innings of play, as they were walked off on by the Admirals in the resumption of a previously suspended game, 15-14, and then lost a close one to Vallejo, 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 8th 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 - and 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 one and one-third 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 heading into the 4th. One 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. The one bright spot out of the bullpen for Martinez - Drue Bravo, in his Clippers debut, pitched the 6th and the 7th for Martinez, striking out six and allowing just one hit. The Clippers go on to face Sonoma at 6:05 p.m. Friday, before heading home for a set on Saturday and Sunday against San Rafael.
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