ADMIRALS HOLD ON AS CLIPPERS’ TYING RUN STRANDED ON DECK IN 9TH MARTINEZ, Calif. -- 13-8 was the final score on Saturday night from Waterfront Park, as the Admirals held onto a nailbiter that saw 10 men come to the plate in the bottom of the 9th inning for the Clippers. Vallejo (3-0) stymies Martinez (0-3), as the Clippers find themselves just short of victory for the second game in a row.
A night dominated by the offense was capped off with four home runs by the Admirals, including a grand slam by Vladimir Gomez that kicked off a 7-run 3rd for Vallejo. The Admirals would tack on one in the 5th and four in the 8th, after home runs in consecutive at-bats for Rian Kiniry. The Clippers have now given up 15 runs on long balls in the past two games, and have scored only 2 with the home run themselves (both runs credited to Zach Compton (1-3), who hit his second HR in as many games here tonight).
Joe Jones (0-1) took the loss, his first of the season, going four innings, walking four, and hitting two - the third Clippers starting pitcher to take a loss. The win goes to Dalton Bernardi (1-0), who allowed three runs through five strong.
Heading into the bottom of the 9th inning, the Admirals held a lead of 13-4; but Brent Adheen, on in relief, allowed a couple of hits and a walk to load the bases with only one out for Kyle Schade (0-3), still looking for his first hit in a Clippers uniform. Schade was hit by a pitch to force in a run, and the score was 13-5. With two out, and the bases still loaded with the Clippers down to their final strike, Victor Grasso (0-2) and Compton worked walks to keep things going for pinch-hitter Coz Cannella. Adheen was pulled from the game with a 3-0 count to Cannella, and the hard-throwing Peter Reyes was put in to finish the at-bat. Cannella walked two pitches later, forcing in a fourth run.
The table was set for Trey Hunt, who was 0-5 up to that point - with the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the 9th, and the tying run in Jimmy Lunardelli Jr. (1-5) on deck, Hunt chopped a ball inside the bag at third. Chris Fornaci fielded it on a couple of hops, double clutched, and hurried a throw to first to try to get Hunt, with good speed - the throw short-hopped Graylin Derke at first, who bobbled the ball, recovered, and pinned the ball against his chest to get the final out of the ballgame on the closest play of the Clippers’ young season.
The Clippers try once more to secure their first win of the season on Sunday, as they go for the
series split with Vallejo. Gates open at noon for a 1 p.m. first pitch - coverage starts at 12:45 p.m. on MTZClippers.com and on the Mixlr Live App with the Clippers pregame show, featuring a special appearance from Manager Chris Decker - follow along on Twitter or with Live Stats.