Clippers bomb Durham in series opener, 9-4
The Clippers kicked off the playoffs with a dominating win Wednesday night, overcoming the Durham Bulls 9-4.
Within the first two innings the Clippers put up three runs thanks to two homers. David Murphy cracked a two-run homer out to right field in the bottom of the first to take the lead.
With no answer from the Bulls, Matt Carson went yard in the bottom of the second to further Columbus' lead to 3-0.
In the top of the third and Kyle Davies let up his first run of the night on an RBI single and the Bulls trailed 3-1.
In the bottom of the fourth the Clippers continued to roll. Luke Carlin hit into a force out that brought home Carson. Carlin is the only Clipper to play in all three (2010, '11 and '14) of the Clipper's past three postseason appearances.
Over to the top of the sixth and Davies gave up a homer to right field to bring Durham back in to it, 4-3.
The close game did not last long as Columbus answered with a big sixth and seventh inning. The Clippers put up three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Justin Sellers and Carlin both came through with RBI. James Ramsey followed up in the seventh with a two-run blast to right field that was way out of the park.
In the top of the ninth Durham put up a small fight, racking up a single run against Mark Lowe.
In the end Columbus protected their lead taking the first game of the series. Davies earned himself the win after going six innings and allowing three runs on six hits and had nine strikeouts.
The Clippers will keep home field advantage for one more game on Thursday before traveling to Durham for the remainder of the series.
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