CLIPPERS, UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT, MAKE IT CLOSE AGAINST VALLEJO
MARTINEZ, Calif. -- It was another tough outing for the Clippers, in Dan Parker’s first game as the new Clippers manager, that saw Martinez erase a four-run deficit in the early innings but ultimately fall on a go-ahead sixth-inning home run from Chevy Clarke. The Admirals improved to 8-0 on the season against the Clippers, by the Tuesday final of 8-7.
It was an up-and-down game for the Clippers a few respects - the Clippers actually jumped out to an early 3-1 lead after the first three batters in the bottom of the first reached and scored for Martinez. However, a rocky start from Joe Jones (ND) saw him hit four Admirals in the third inning along, to go along with five walks in just two and two-thirds innings pitched.
In a game that was dominated by the bullpens, Jalen Miller (ND) was also hooked early in favor of Eli Garcia (L), but not before Miller would allow the Clippers to tie the game at seven in the fourth inning. A one-run third and a three-run fourth for Martinez counteracted the four runs the Admirals were able to push across in the third frame, with Matti Doxter in for long relief to try to keep the Admirals and the Clippers knotted up.
Doxter (L) would allow Chevy Clarke his third home run of the year in the sixth inning to put the Admirals up 8-7, and as it turned out, the Clarke long ball was the only run the Admirals needed after the fourth. Peter Reyes and Brett Schneider combined to allow only two Martinez hits over the final three innings, and the Admirals improved to 8-0 over the Clippers this year.
The Admirals, who remain the only team the Clippers have not beaten this year, are staying in town for the series finale on Wednesday. Jason Harper takes the hill for Martinez at 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time, facing Alex Dandridge for Vallejo.
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