CLIPPERS GET FIRST WIN IN FRANCHISE HISTORY IN DRAMATIC FASHION SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- The Clippers on Tuesday night survived a late comeback by the San Rafael Pacifics, scoring 2 in the 9th, to snag their first win of the 2018 campaign by a score of 9-7.
The Clippers kept their offense rolling, and finally proved that they had the pitching to match, in this much-needed victory from the other side of the bay. Zach Compton (3-5, 3 RBI) started things off in the 1st for the Clippers with a 1-out single; he would come around to score the game’s first run on a couple of wild pitches by Will Antwydamaylo, who would be knocked out after 1 2/3 having allowed 4 earned runs. On the other side of the hill, Matti Doxter went 3 innings in his second start of the year, but allowed only one earned run in what was certainly his best outing to date. Colin Moberly came on in relief for the Clippers, and would throw 4 innings of no-hit ball, facing only 4 over the minimum.
The Clippers pushed their lead out to 6-2 after back-to-back doubles from Trey Hunt and Zach Compton in the 4th, followed up by Nathan Etheridge’s first hit as a Clipper - an RBI base knock. Hunt (1-4) ended an 0-11 skid, as Compton picked up his third run batted in. Etheridge made it 7-2 in the top of the 7th, with a leadoff home run over the fence in dead center field - the Clippers took that advantage into the bottom of the 8th, which Colin Moberly began, giving up a single and then a 2-run homer to Zach Files, his second of the year.
Moberly was pulled for Jacob Hill, still with a 3-run cushion, but Hill walked Rando Moreno and then left a 1-0 pitch to Jake Taylor up in the zone that Taylor hit just over the padding in left-center. Brent Gillespie then went back-to-back with Taylor to even the score at 7, as Grayson Weber took the mound for the Clippers.
Weber, fresh from a trade with Sonoma and having just pitched against the Clippers on Friday, was able to work out of the 8th, clearing the way for a Will Decker single to lead off the top of the 9th, followed up by a productive groundout from Etheridge and then an RBI single by Coz Cannella to break the tie. Cannella would then score on a well-placed ground ball by late substitute Victor Grasso, as Rando Moreno committed a 3-base error trying to get out of the inning, making the score 9-7 in favor of the Clippers. In the bottom of the 9th, Zach Compton erred on a routine ground ball to put aboard DonAndre Clark with none out and the tying run coming to the plate in Zach Files. Clark, attempting to steal second on the 1-2 pitch to Files, was thrown out by Victor Grasso on a hurdling catch-and-tag by Zach Compton, who attained some measure of defensive redemption to add to his offensive accomplishments. Matt Kavanaugh, the Pacifics’ manager, would be thrown out after arguing with Ron Barnes about the call at 2nd base, and that would be it for the Pacifics - Grayson Weber’s fastball was too much for Rando Moreno, who struck out to end the ballgame.
The Pacifics are back in action on Wednesday night for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch at Albert Park in San Rafael, for the series finale with the Pacifics - they look for their first sweep of the season as they improve to 1-4 in 2018. Tune in on mtzclippers.com - coverage starts at 6:50 p.m.