Columbus beats Durham 2-1 in extras
DURHAM - The Clippers struggled at the plate for the fourth-straight game Tuesday, but behind a solid effort on the mound and some clutch hitting, Columbus scathed by the Bulls on way to a victory.
Columbus beat Durham, 2-1, in extra innings, to take game two of the four game series in North Carolina. The Clippers lost game one of the series Monday night, 4-1. With the win, Columbus keeps hope alive of winning the series. The Clippers have tied their past two series.
At the plate, Columbus struggled to score for the fourth-consecutive game. Tuesday night was the fourth night in a row that the Clippers scored just one run through nine innings. Columbus went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left nine runners on base.
Due to a sterling start by Eric Berger, Columbus pushed the game into the tenth inning where its offense finally came through. The Clippers’ left-hander allowed one run in six innings of work. Berger struck out two and walked two while giving up five hits.
After the Clippers’ bullpen preserved Berger’s solid effort with three-shutout innings of work by right-hander Matt Langwell and left-hander Scott Barnes, the Columbus offense put the club in the lead with a run in the top of the tenth inning.
In the tenth, Aaron Cunningham led off the frame with a line-drive single to left field. The Clippers’ right fielder then advanced to second base on a wild pitch by Brandon Gomes before getting to third on a fly ball hit by Tim Fedroff. Cunningham then scored on a single up the middle by Jason Donald.
The Columbus bullpen proceeded to shutdown the Bulls in the bottom of the inning, getting Durham’s first three hitters out in order. Left-hander J.C. Romero was the pitcher who breezed through the tenth, recording his first save of the season. Barnes got the win, his first of the year.
Columbus was led on offense by Donald, who went 3-for-5 with the game-winning RBI. Left fielder Vinny Rottino had two hits, while Donald also scored the Clippers’ first run of the game in the top of the first frame.
Columbus and Durham will play game three of the series on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.