Vallejo Admirals Game Notes
Vallejo Admirals 2018 Game Notes - Game #37 - Star Wars Night
Pittsburg Diamonds (16-20, 4th -11.0) @ Vallejo Admirals (21-15, 3rd -6.0)
Wilson Park - Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 6:35 p.m. PDT
Today: Thurs., 6:35 PIT TBA @ VAL Frank Valentino (1-3, 4.18)
On Deck: Fri., 6:35 PIT TBA @ VAL Luis Ramirez (3-1, 4.10)
Jason Harper stifled the Admirals offense Wednesday with a three-hit shutout, and the Martinez Clippers used four home runs to cruise to an 8-0 victory at Waterfront Park. Dan Parker won his first game in his second outing as Martinez skipper, and the upstarts won their second-ever game at home. The Napa Valley College head coach took control of field operations on Tuesday.
Harper's shutout also constitutes the first complete-game victory for a Martinez pitcher in the nascent franchise's history, and the first time a Clippers pitcher has ever pitched beyond five innings at home without allowing a run. On the converse, the Admirals' Alex Dandridge sustained another difficult start, allowing seven runs over five innings and taking his second straight loss.
Nathan Etheridge's three-run jack opened the scoring in the Martinez first. Martinez increased its lead to 7-0 with a four-run fourth. Devin Carter and Jacob Barfield hit solo homers, and the frame continued with RBI singles by Pedro Barrios and Matt Richards. Chris Caffrey homered off Vallejo's Tim Holmes in the sixth, the first of three relief innings for Holmes in mop-up duty.
After Admirals slugger Nick Akins Sr. doubled in the first, Harper retired 12 straight, setting another franchise record. Brandon Fischer's double in the fifth broke that spell. Chris Fornaci walked to open the sixth and Akins singled to start the seventh; both were erased on double plays. Those were the only four instances of a Vallejo batter reaching base on a night that belonged to Harper, his teammates, their new manager, and the first-year franchise.
Vallejo versus... 8-1 vs. Martinez 4-4 vs. Napa
3-3 vs. Pittsburg 2-4 vs. San Rafael 4-3 vs. Sonoma
à The Admirals granted Tillman Pugh his release, and the reigning PacPro MVP is set to sign with Gary of the American Association.
à Today, the Admirals activate pitcher Ryan Owens, a Boca Raton, Fla. native who played collegiately at Winthrop and then Anderson University, a Division II school in South Carolina.
à Having pulled into the league lead in RBIs (43), Nick Akins now also leads the team in average (.335). Second is Cyle Figueroa (.323).
à Figueroa was the only catcher on July 4 and 5, until former Florence Freedom backstop Nick Crouse joined the roster July 6.
à Outfielder Brandon Pugh (no relation) comes from Florence of the Frontier League as well and played his college ball at North Alabama.
à Chevy Clarke homered twice on July 6, joining Akins, Chris Fornaci, Rian Kiniry and the departed Graylin Derke on the list of Admirals who've gone deep twice in the same game this year.
à Akins and Fornaci both homered two times on June 29.
à Fornaci's 6 RBI on June 29 were the most RBI in a 2018 game.
à The Admirals brought back Clarke, the Angels' first-round pick in 2010 and an everyday Admirals performer in 2017 (78 games).
à New pitcher Alex Dandridge is a North Carolina Central product and a Pecos League alum (Roswell, then Bakersfield).
à Brett Schneider, now the closer, owns a 1.17 ERA and three saves.
à Frank Valentino's 11 K's on June 30 are a team season high.
à Ace Martin Cronin returns to the rotation after skipping a turn.
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