Fortunately for Durham, they're in a five game series. Their margin for error is a little more comfortable than Princeton's and Hudson Valley's in three game series. With a game one win though, the Renegades don't have to worry about that though.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (0-1)
Columbus took the Bulls deep three times in Durham's game one 9-4 loss. The Clippers had a big league ringer on hand, and it didn't take long for them to take advantage. David Murphy socked a two run homer off Alex Colome two batters into the game, and it didn't get much better for Colome from there. He allowed another home run the next inning, and he would finish with four runs allowed on five hits and three walks in five innings with two strikeouts. C.J. Riefenhauser and Jake Thompson combined to allow five more runs in two innings.
The Bulls hit a home run too, but it wasn't nearly enough. Jeremy Moore's two run homer in the sixth pulled them within one run, but the Clippers scored five runs over the next two innings to pull away. Cole Figueroa and Ali Solis had two hit games. Durham was just 1/11 with runners in scoring position, and their 13 strikeouts probably didn't help. Justin Christian got the golden sombrero, and Moore struck out three times.
Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (1-0)
Enderson Franco dominated in Hudson Valley's game one 3-0 win over State College. Already winding down a solid season, Franco turned in a career best start against the league's best offense. He only allowed two runners reach scoring position, and when he was done, he allowed just five hits in seven scoreless innings with eight strikeouts and no walks. Edgar Gomez struck out two in two scoreless innings to record a save.
The Renegades scored all three of their runs in the fifth inning. The first run came on a wild pitch with the bases loaded, and Grant Kay singled home two with two outs. Only one of the runs was earned though because of an error that came with one out. Bralin Jackson had Hudson Valley's only two hit game and their only extra base hit.
Star of the day- Franco appears to be a nice pickup in the Minor League Rule 5 draft.
Goat of the day- Colome was not good.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Durham @ Columbus 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Enny Romero (5-11, 4.50) v. (10-8, 3.89)
Game two of a best of five series (Durham trails 1-0)
Hudson Valley @ State College 7:05 PM (Radio stream)
Hunter Wood (3-4, 3.08) v. Will Anderson (6-2, 2.43)
Game two of a best of three series (Hudson Valley leads 1-0)
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Columbus Clippers (Cleveland)
Offense: 672 R (2nd) .743 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.71 ERA (6th) 1.27 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Francisco Lindor (1), OF Carlos Moncrief (14), LHP Scott Barnes (26), RHP Shawn Armstrong (29), OF James Ramsey, LHP Nick Maronde
State College Spikes (St. Louis)
Offense: 398 R (1st) .743 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 2.96 ERA (2nd) 1.20 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Kenny Peoples-Walls (18), SS Edmundo Sosa (25), 3B Danny Diekroeger