Bulls storm past Clippers 6-5
Columbus battles but falls on walkoff in tenth inning
DURHAM- The Columbus Clippers fell 6-5 after going into extra innings with the Durham Bulls on Tuesday.
The Clippers rallied to tie the game after being down the majority of the game, but Durham would take the win in the tenth inning.
Daisuke Matsuzaka started on the mound for the Clippers. The Bulls started the first inning off with a single. Following the leadoff batter, Cole Figueroa doubled on a line drive to right field scoring the Bulls’ runner.
Another single by the Bulls put Durham up two runs in the first inning. The Columbus defense came to the struggling starters rescue with a double-play and a third out on the next play ending the inning.
The second and third innings were unproductive for both offenses. Designated hitter Jeremy Hermida earned the only hit for the Clippers in the first three innings with a double at the top of the second.
Durham furthered their lead when Leslie Anderson led off the fourth inning with a homerun off of Matsuzaka.
The Clippers were finally able to get on the board in the fifth inning. Matt Carson reached base on a line drive to left field to start the inning. Shortstop Juan Diaz followed with a single line drive, moving Carson to second. Third baseman Luis Hernandez grounded into a force out, reaching first with Diaz out at second. Roberto Perez drew a walk from the Bulls’ starter, loading the bases. Ezequiel Carrera singled on a line drive scoring Carson and Hernandez, cutting Durham’s lead to one.
Matsuzaka started his last inning in the sixth, letting up a homerun with one runner on base. After the Bulls earned their last two runs of the game, Matsuzaka was replaced by right handed pitcher Bryan Price. Price ended the inning without allowing further damage.
After a pitching change by the Bulls, Columbus rallied in the seventh. Hernandez drew a walk to start the inning. Catcher Perez followed with a single and Carrera drew the second walk to load the bases with no outs.
Another pitching change in the seventh was made to left handed reliever Jeff Beliveau. Nate Spears faced Beliveau first hitting a sacrifice fly sending Carrera home to score the tying run. This was the last time Columbus would get on the board. Beliveau ended the inning striking out Hermida.
Price pitched a scoreless inning in the seventh and was replaced in the eighth by Preston Guilmet. Guilmet struck out two batters during his two innings pitched. After shutting out the Bulls in the ninth the game was sent into a tenth inning.
Scott Barnes was called from the pen to pitch in the tenth inning after Columbus was held scoreless in the tenth. Barnes walked the first batter he faced, then allowed a single fly ball putting runners on third and second after a throwing error by Fedroff. Another single was all the Bulls needed to end the game scoring the winning run.
The Clippers were only able to take one of the four games played in the away series with the Bulls. Columbus left Durham Tuesday night for Toledo where they will play a two-game away series before returning home.