DURHAM, NC – The Durham Bulls fell to the Columbus Clippers 3-2 Tuesday night at the DBAP to even the four-game set at one game apiece, as all five of the game’s runs came in the first two innings.
Bradley Zimmer got the Clippers going from the get-go, as he launched a home run leading off the game. In the bottom of the first Durham answered though, asMallex Smith and Curt Casali each walked before Jake Bauers’ RBI single. Patrick Leonard then followed with an RBI single of his own, dunking a bloop base hit into shallow right field for a 2-1 lead.
In the top half of the second frame Dan Robertson walked with one out for Columbus, before former Bull Richie Shaffer lifted a two-run home run over the Blue Monster to put the visitors in front 3-2. From there the pitching for each team settled down, as neither team crossed the plate the rest of the game.
Michael Peoples (1-0) picked up the victory for the Clippers, turning in 5 2/3 innings of two-run ball, while Shawn Armstrong earned his second save with a scoreless ninth inning. Righty Kyle Winkler (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing three runs in two innings in a spot start. Behind Winkler, four Bulls relievers combined to allow just two hits and strike out 12 batters across seven innings.
Durham (21-9) and Columbus (12-18) square off in the third game of the four-game set Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. RHP Jacob Faria (4-0, 3.13) takes the mound for the Bulls opposite RHP Travis Banwart (0-2, 12.00) for the Clippers.
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