CLIPPERS SWEEP NAPA IN TWO GAMES; BENCH-CLEARER IN OPENER AFTER FOUR MARTINEZ HOMERS SETS TONE FOR SERIES

  Victor Grasso reaches on a Napa error during Wednesday’s ballgame.  M C Hunt

Victor Grasso reaches on a Napa error during Wednesday’s ballgame. M C Hunt

CLIPPERS SWEEP NAPA IN TWO GAMES; BENCH-CLEARER IN OPENER AFTER FOUR MARTINEZ HOMERS SETS TONE FOR SERIES

MARTINEZ, Calif. -- The Clippers pulled off a two-game sweep of the Napa Silverados, scoring a total of 17 runs and defeating Napa by finals of 8-4 and 9-4. With this second sweep of the 2018 campaign, the Clippers improve to 7-7 in the second half and 6-2 at home in the same period.

A bench-clearing incident in the series opener led to one ejection, as the Clippers led 2-0 after three innings on an Alan Mocahbee (2-4, 3 RBI) solo home run, the first of two for Mocahbee on the evening, and a Nathan Etheridge (1-3, 2 RBI) sac fly.

Grayson Weber, starting for Martinez, set down the first 10 he faced but gave up a pair of two-run homers in the 4th and the 5th to put the Silverados up 4-2 - but with the game into the bullpens, that would be all Napa could muster, with Dalton Bernardi (1-0) picking up the win in relief and Rob Humes picking up the save (2).

The Clippers went on to score six unanswered runs, with back-to-back home runs by Jacob Barfield (9) and Shaine Hughes (4) giving the Clippers a 5-4 lead in the 6th - Chris Butcher, who’d allowed only three long balls in 37 IP to that point, and Jacob Barfield got into it, as their argument set the stage for the tumult to come.

After Alan Mocahbee’s second homer of the game in the 7th put the Clippers up 7-4, both benches nearly emptied as Zach Taylor of Napa and Mocahbee began arguing at home plate as Mocahbee rounded the bases, prompting umpire Eric Thompson to separate the two - after a mound visit by Tito Fuentes Jr., manager of the Silverados, Chris Butcher delivered a first-pitch beanball to Nathan Etheridge to get himself immediately thrown out. Both sets of coaches successfully kept their teams near their respective dugouts, as no punches were thrown (and, as of press time, there was no information on any suspensions issued). The Clippers would go on to win, 8-4.

In game two of the set, the Silverados would drop their seventh in a row by the final of 9-4, as Jimmy Lunardelli and Nathan Etheridge would combine to go 7-9 with four RBI and five runs scored.

The Clippers needed only four hits in the first inning to jump out to a 4-0 lead, as Jacob Barfield (1-3) homered for the second consecutive game to drive in three and Nathan Etheridge (4-5) came through with a clutch two-out RBI single. Martinez would lead 8-1 by the fifth inning, getting RBI from Devin Carter (0-4) and Jimmy Lunardelli (3-4) to back up a six-inning two-run performance from Logan Campbell (W, 2-0).

The loss in the ballgame went to Elvin Liriano (0-2) of the Silverados, as the Clippers would tack on one more in the sixth to take down Napa, 9-4. It was the sixth game out of the past seven for the Silverados that featured at least two errors, as the Clippers shelled Napa with six home runs and 17 runs total across the two-game series.

The Clippers continue their four-game homestand with two games against the red-hot Stompers, who won their seventh in a row against San Rafael to tie the Pacifics for the best record in the association at 37-17. Oakland Athletics public address announcer Dick Callahan will be the Clippers’ guest PA announcer on Thursday, as the first annual Clippers Fanfest kicks off.

Tickets for all Clippers home games are available at mtzclippers.com.

 

Box Score (Gm 1): http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=464349

Box Score (Gm 2): http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=464350

  Alan Mocahbee hit two home runs on Tuesday, here pictured launching his first long ball of the evening.  Mark Fierner | Martinez News-Gazette

Alan Mocahbee hit two home runs on Tuesday, here pictured launching his first long ball of the evening. Mark Fierner | Martinez News-Gazette