CLIPPERS DROP EARLY LEAD AS NAPA TAKES SERIES OPENER, 6-4

CLIPPERS DROP EARLY LEAD AS NAPA TAKES SERIES OPENER, 6-4

  Shaine Hughes (17) hustles out an infield single in the third inning, as Josh Montelongo (15) receives the throw.  Photo: M C Hunt

Shaine Hughes (17) hustles out an infield single in the third inning, as Josh Montelongo (15) receives the throw. Photo: M C Hunt

NAPA, Calif. -- The Clippers scored two in the first inning, but stranded fourteen against Napa as they dropped the series opener to the Silverados by the final of 6-4.

Jacob Hill (ND) was hooked from the game after just three innings, and for the second time in three games, the decision was given in relief as the Clippers bullpen picked up loss number two on the week. Colin Moberly (L, 0-1) gave up a tie-breaking two-run shot to Nick Kern (3) in the fourth as the Clippers erred thrice, allowing two unearned Napa runs to come to the plate.

The trouble started for Martinez in the bottom of the first inning, as the Clippers held a two-run lead, with an errant pickoff throw from Hill sailed into center field and put two runners in scoring position with none out for the Silverados. Nico Toni (2-4, 3 RBI) picked up RBI number 40 on the season on a groundout, as the Silverados would score two runs in the third to take the lead on a Toni RBI single.

The Clippers retied the game on a Nathan Etheridge (0-4) RBI sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth, only to see the Nick Kern (1-4) home run make it 5-3 Napa.

The clubs would trade runs in the bottom of the seventh and top of the eighth, and though the Clippers had the tying run on first base with one out in the ninth, Angel Mejia picked up his second save of the year with the Silverados with a strikeout of Luis Perez (0-2).

The Clippers finish up their series with Napa on Friday, before coming back home to host a two-game set with Sonoma this weekend. This Saturday, July 14, is World Cup Soccer night at the ballpark - every fan in attendance will receive a free Clippers World Cup jersey. First pitch for Saturday’s game is at 6:30 p.m. Pacific.

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