PITTSBURG, Calif. -- The first three Clippers batters were the only three to score for Martinez, as they fell to 14 games back of the San Rafael Pacifics and lost the first game they’ve played at City Park Field by the final of 11-3 to the Pittsburg Diamonds.
The Clippers were able to space out nine hits throughout the warm evening in Pittsburg, and even took the lead on a flurry of base knocks in the first, but couldn’t hold the advantage as four-spots in the first and fourth for the Diamonds lifted them into fourth place in the Pacific Association. Martinez watched their team ERA climb above 8.50 once again this season, and lost their tenth game in eleven tries.
In the top of the first, back-to-back singles by the one and two hitters for Martinez put runners on first and second for Will Decker (1-4), who drove in Pedro Barrios with his 12th double of the year (leads the league). Productive outs from Nathan Etheridge (1-4) and Devin Carter (0-4) drove in one run each, and the Clippers had a 3-0 lead.
The Diamonds would strike back quickly - back-to-back hit batsmen, a walk, and back-to-back singles from the heart of the Pittsburg order gave the Diamonds a 4-3 lead in short order, and they would never look back. Pittsburg would go on to score seven more unanswered runs, only four of them earned, as six of their starting bats would garner multiple hits (including six doubles off of Clippers pitching).
The Clippers continue this four-game road trip with a series finale against Pittsburg on Friday, June 29, where Martinez will look for the series split before heading to San Rafael this weekend. The finale against Pittsburg will be carried on www.DiamondsProBall.com as well as on cable television in greater Contra Costa County.
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