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Late miscues by Durham prove costly as Clippers take 5-4 win

Matsuzaka pitches eight innings as Columbus splits series with Bulls

Late miscues by Durham prove costly as Clippers take 5-4 win
July 29, 2013
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COLUMBUS - The Columbus Clippers took the win Monday night at Huntington Park, 5-4. After a back and forth battle with the Durham Bulls the Clippers came out with their second win of the series.

Daisuke Matsuzaka made the start for Columbus, pitching eight innings. Durham wasted no time jumping on the right handed pitcher, Matsuzaka gave up a homerun in the first inning with two outs.

While Columbus stayed off the board, early in the second the Bulls repeated themselves with another single homerun off of Matsuzaka.

The Clippers made a comeback in the second inning to tie the game against Durham. Chun-Hsiu Chen led off with a single to center field. Shortstop Juan Diaz followed drawing a walk. Chen scored when right fielder Matt Carson singled on a ground ball to left field. Catcher Roberto Perez grounded out, but brought Diaz in to score the tying run.

After a slow third inning Matsuzaka began to waiver in the fourth. Matsuzaka walked the first batter, than gave up a double with one out. Both runners scored on a single, putting the Bulls up 4-2.

Columbus immediately answered later in the fourth. After Chen drew a walk to get on base, Diaz followed hitting a high fly out to right field for a two run homer, re-tying the game. The Clippers left two runners on base at the end of the inning.

After spending the fifth and sixth inning still tied, Columbus made their move in the seventh inning. With two outs Ezequiel Carrera, then continued to score on a throwing error by Durham.

Matsuzaka continued to keep the Bulls scoreless through the eighth, before handing the ball over to Nick Hagadone in the ninth.

Hagadone faced three batters in the ninth, striking out two. A large improvement from his last outing where he received a blown save for allowing two runs in the ninth.

Columbus split the series with Durham 2-2. The Clippers will remain at home to face the Buffalo Bisons for a second home series. Carlos Carrasco will start the series for Columbus Tuesday night at Huntington Park.

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