DURHAM, NC - The Durham Bulls erupted for a season-high 17 runs and 21 hits as they took down the Columbus Clippers 17-2 Wednesday night at the DBAP.
The Bulls opened the scoring in the first inning when an Austin Meadows (3-4, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI) sac-fly scored Kean Wong (3-6, 2B, 2 RBI). Durham added three more runs on four more hits to extend its lead to 4-0 through one inning.
In the visitor's second inning, Eric Haase singled to right field to score Bobby Bradley, after he reached on a one-out walk cutting the deficit to 4-1.
The Bulls (63-49) added three runs in the home half of the second inning on two hits, two hit batters, and one walk to extend their advantage to 7-1.
An eight-run fourth inning was powered by five straight doubles from Adam Moore, Wong, Andrew Velazquez, Meadows, and Brandon Snyder giving the Bulls a 15-1 lead through four.
In the sixth inning, the Clippers (60-55) scored their second run on a single from Yandy Diaz, and in the home half of the frame the Bulls added one run on the eighth double of the game by the home team from Jason Coats, extending the advantage to 16-2.
Nate Lowe made his Triple-A debut and went 3-for-5 with four runs scored, one double and one RBI for Durham. Wong and Velazquez recorded three hits apiece and every batter in the Bulls starting lineup posted a hit and an RBI. Micah Johnson drove in three runs during his two-hit effort.
Meadows launched his third home run of the season, and his first with Durham, in the home half of the eighth inning to extend the lead to 17-2.
Ryan Weber (W, 7-5) earned his seventh win of the season after tossing 5.0 innings, allowing one run on one hit with one walk and four strikeouts. Andrew Kittredge and Jordan Harrison combined to hold the Clippers to one unearned run on three hits over 4.0 innings with nine strikeouts, to bring the strikeout total to 13 for the game and close out a Bull City romp.
The Bulls face the Clippers for the finale of a four-games in three-day series Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. at the DBAP. Andrew Moore (5-6, 4.19) is scheduled to start for the Bulls opposite lefty Ryan Merritt (1-1, 4.79) for the Clippers.
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