CLIPPERS NARROWLY AVOID BEING SHUT OUT, DROP FIRST OF ROAD TRIP
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- The Clippers took the loss against the first-place Pacifics in the first game of a four-game road trip, 3-1. Logan Campbell drove into the seventh inning, but took the loss as the Pacifics’ José Morel took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and would strike out 12 over seven strong frames.
The first meaningful offense in the ballgame came in the form of a three-run third for San Rafael, in front of a crowd of 533 spectators on Jewish Heritage Night at Albert Park. An error by Jimmy Lunardelli in left began an inning of small ball that would see Brent Gillespie, the Pacifics’ 205-pound first baseman, bunt for a hit, with only one base knock against Logan Campbell reaching deep into the outfield grass.
Jake Taylor (1-4) finished with two RBI for the Pacifics, even as the Clippers would struggle against José Morel (W, 3-1) - Martinez had their first hit of the ballgame come in the fifth inning, off the bat of Matt Richards (1-4).
Against a combination of Morel and Tyler Herr, Martinez put two runners on base thrice during the ballgame, but went a combined 1-8 with RISP.
Jose Casilla, San Rafael’s closer, came in with the score 3-0 - but a one-out double by Jimmy Lunardelli (2-3, R), a pinch-hit single by Shaine Hughes, and an RBI groundout from Chris Caffrey put the Clippers on the board. However, as the tying run, Devin Carter (1-4) struck out at the plate to end the Clippers’ hopes of a dramatic comeback.
The Clippers drop the first of a two-game set against the Pacifics, despite a sweep of the first-place squad last week, and they look for a series split on Friday versus San Rafael behind RHP Joe Jones.
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Notes: Former Clipper Chris Powell made his first start with the Schaumburg Boomers on Thursday, taking the complete-game loss while striking out five versus the Windy City Thunderbolts in the nightcap of a doubleheader...Nathan Etheridge (0-4) stranded four of the nine total Clippers left on base versus San Rafael...Rich Walcoff, longtime KGO/KNBR 49ers and Raiders pre- and post-game host and radio personality, as well as the first-ever Super Bowl sideline radio reporter, threw out the ceremonial first pitch and later appeared on the Clippers Baseball Radio Network.