SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- The Clippers struck first, but couldn’t hold on to a one-run lead as the Pacifics broke out for four in the fourth and downed Martinez by the final of 4-2.
San Rafael picked up its ninth straight victory, despite trailing in the early innings - courtesy of an RBI single by Matt Richards (1-4), who drove in Pedro Barrios (3-4, 2B). Barrios nabbed his second three-hit game in just five appearances for Martinez, and continued to cement his hold on the leadoff spot for Martinez.
Jacob Hill (L, 0-2) pitched well for the first few innings in his first-ever start for Martinez, having been the saves leader for the club out of the bullpen. Hill stranded five through the first three innings, allowing only a couple of hits; but in the fourth, back-to-back walks followed by three singles knocked him out of the ballgame in favor of Matti Doxter, having allowed four runs to come to the plate.
The Clippers took advantage of a Pacifics error in the fifth to get Victor Grasso across the plate, but back-to-back strikeouts by Jared Koenig (W, 4-0) would end the Clippers’ threat and leave the score at 4-2.
Koenig left after 6 1/3 innings of work, but Martinez was stonewalled against the combined efforts of Brandon Williams and Jose Casilla out of the Pacifics’ bullpen. Casilla picked up his fourth save of the year, a tally which ties him for second in the Pacific Association.
The Clippers will go for the series split against San Rafael, as we head into July, at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday, July 1.
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