CLIPPERS FALL TO STOMPERS ON OPENING DAY, LOOK TO FINALE FOR SPLIT MARTINEZ, Calif. -- The first game in the Martinez Clippers’ franchise history kicked off in style, with a strikeout for the Clippers, at the newly renovated Joe DiMaggio Fields at Waterfront Park - but the game quickly spiraled out of control, becoming part of a night of blowouts around the Pacific Association, courtesy of the Sonoma Stompers and Daniel Comstock (2 HR, 6 RBI). Matti Doxter (L, 0-1) blew a 3-2 fastball right by Marcus Bradley, who led off for the Stompers, to get the first out in Clippers history - however, the Stompers were able to get to Doxter early as he struggled to find his control. Doxter went 1 2/3 innings, giving up 4 runs on 4 hits and issuing 5 walks with a lone K; those 5 walks would be the start of 12 BBs handed out by Clippers pitching tonight.
Trailing 4-0, the Clippers struggled to get their offense going against Dominic Topoozian (0-0), who allowed the first two to reach and then set down 6 in a row, heading into the 3rd inning. A leadoff single by Alan Mochabee, the first hit in franchise history, a single by Trey Hunt, and a fielder’s choice that allowed Luis Perez to reach set the table for Wilkyns Jimenez, who drove in Mochabee with a long sac fly to right - the first run for the new franchise.
Unfortunately for the Clippers’ offense, a solid three innings in relief by Vijay Patel (W, 1-0), who got the win, stymied rallies in the 6th and 7th. Tonight, the Clippers had two men on with none out three times in total, and were only able to score once, in that 3rd inning. Colin Moberly, a knuckleballer, went 5 innings in relief for the Clippers, after Doxter was pulled - although he did a job keeping hitters off balance, walks, hit-by-pitches, and mistakes over the plate piled up and Moberly had to be pulled for Eric Gutierrez in the 7th after giving up a 3-run blast over the right field fence to Daniel Comstock of the Stompers.
Gutierrez would fall victim to Daniel Comstock as well, giving up Comstock’s second home run in two plate appearances in the 9th. Comstock’s two-run shot would close out the night for the Clippers, who went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 9th and lose this one, 13-2.
The Clippers look to Friday’s series finale against the Sonoma Stompers to get revenge, and the first win of the season - first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Coverage starts at 6:15 on mtzclippers.com and the Mixlr Live App, featuring a special pregame interview with one of the owners of the Clippers, Jeff Carpoff. For ticketing and parking information, please visit mtzclippers.com, and be sure to follow @MRTZClippers for live updates, photos, and more from the series finale.