Vallejo Admirals Game Notes
Vallejo Admirals 2018 Game Notes - Game #36
Vallejo Admirals (21-14, 3rd -5.0) @ Martinez Clippers (6-29, 6th -20.0)
Joe DiMaggio Fields at Waterfront Park - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 6:35 p.m. PDT
Today: Wed., 6:30 VAL Alex Dandridge (0-1, 9.52) @ MTZ Jason Harper (1-4, 8.00)
On Deck: Thurs., 6:35 PIT TBA @ VAL Frank Valentino (1-3, 4.18)
Last Time: Admirals Hold On, Stay Undefeated vs. Clippers
Courtesy Thomas Gase, Vallejo Times-Herald
The Martinez Clippers made a switch in the dugout on Tuesday with Dan Parker taking over the new job. For nine innings, the cellar dwellers looked like they could play at the level of the defending league champs. That's when closer Brett Schneider shut the door. After allowing a leadoff double in the ninth, the right-hander retired the final three batters to close out a tight 8-7 win at Joe DiMaggio Field. The Admirals own an 8-0 record against Martinez. In fact, Vallejo's bullpen was the star in this one. After starting pitcher Jalen Miller departed the game with a score tied 7-all in the fourth, three Admirals relievers (Eli Garcia, Peter Reyes and Schneider) blanked the Diamonds over the final 5 1/3 innings.
"They're starting to get comfortable," Admirals manager P.J. Phillips said. "We're through 30-something games. Schneider has been doing well for us all year and it ends with him so it was a good game overall." Schneider, who owns a 1.17 ERA and three saves, said this is the first time in his career he has been a closer. He said he still felt confident despite allowing a leadoff double to Nathan Etheridge to begin the ninth.
"I got down 2-0 and kind of grooved him a fastball so in my mind, I knew he didn't hit my best pitch. I kind of gave that double to him," Schneider said. "In the back of my mind, I was still thinking that I got this. I figured if I get those other batters, the guy on second isn't going to mean a thing. I was able to do that." Vallejo took advantage of 12 Martinez walks and four hit batters - which all came in the same inning.
The Admirals grabbed the lead for good with two outs in the sixth when right fielder Chevy Clarke went opposite field against reliever Matti Doxter to give his team an 8-7 edge. "It was actually right down the middle," said Clarke, who was playing in the American Association before getting released and then re-joining the Admirals. "I was just looking for a pitch to hit and I wasn't trying to do too much."
The Admirals said goodbye to center fielder Tillman Pugh for the second time this season as he signed with Gary RailCats of the American Association. Vallejo picked up a player with the same last name (but no relation) in Brandon Pugh. Brandon Pugh made an immediate contribution by doubling and scoring on a Nick Akins' sacrifice fly to give the Admirals' a short-lived 1-0 lead in the first inning. Pugh reached base all five times in the game.
The Admirals could not make up any ground on first-place San Rafael or second-place Sonoma and remain five games back of first place.
Vallejo versus... 8-0 vs. Martinez 4-4 vs. Napa
3-3 vs. Pittsburg 2-4 vs. San Rafael 4-3 vs. Sonoma
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