CLIPPERS AVOID BEING SHUT OUT AGAINST DOMINANT PITCHING, RALLY IN NINTH FOR 7-2 LOSS

 Logan Campbell delivers a pitch in Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Sonoma Stompers in Martinez.  M C Hunt

Logan Campbell delivers a pitch in Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Sonoma Stompers in Martinez. M C Hunt

CLIPPERS AVOID BEING SHUT OUT AGAINST DOMINANT PITCHING, RALLY IN NINTH FOR 7-2 LOSS

MARTINEZ, Calif. -- The Clippers on Saturday broke up a one-hit shutout in the ninth inning, committing seven errors en route to a 7-2 loss at home against Sonoma. Tyler Sharp threw eight and two-thirds innings of commanding baseball, as Martinez attempted to capture momentum heading into the season’s halfway point.

The Clippers ended the game with three hits after getting singles by Will Decker and Nathan Etheridge in the ninth, and capitalizing on an error to score two unearned runs on Tyler Sharp (W, 1-0). Sharp, a new acquisition for the Stompers, threw just 105 pitches to get 26 outs, as the Clippers’ only hit heading into the bottom of the ninth in a 7-0 game was a dribbler misplayed, but not erred on, by Rayson Romero at short for Sonoma.

Logan Campbell (0-5) took the loss for Martinez, giving up three earned runs while throwing a season-high 122 pitches in five and two-thirds innings. A combined effort by Campbell, Drue Bravo, and Grayson Weber held the Stompers to four earned runs on nine hits, despite a disconcerting defensive performance that saw the Clippers set franchise records for errors in a game (seven) and errors in an inning (four).

The Clippers go for the series split with Sonoma at 1 p.m. on Sunday - Joe Jones will face Dominic Topoozian as Topoozian looks to cement his resume ahead of a potential move to the American Association, as the Clippers will look for win number nine in game number forty on the season.

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