Clippers, Captains Win Playoff Openers

Luke Carlin hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Columbus a 6-4 win in its first playoff game Wednesday night in the Triple-A International League. Kinston got 11 hits, but lost its postseason opener, 3-2 in the Class A Carolina League, but Lake County used a three-run seventh inning to earn a 4-2 victory in its first playoff game in the Class A Midwest League.

Carlin, a 30-year-old signed by the Cleveland Indians as help for their farm system when injuries hit their catching corps, had three of the Clippers' 12 hits and drove in three runs in the win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.

Jerad Head, who went 3-for-3, opened the bottom of the 10th with a single and scored on Carlin homer over the wall in right-center.

That gave the win to Zach Putnam, who struck out one in pitching a perfect top of the 10th.

Lefty David Huff started for Columbus and allowed three runs and six hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out five. Josh Judy pitched a perfect eighth to hold a 4-3 lead, but closer Vinnie Pestano yielded a game-tying homer to Jorge Vaszquez in the top of the ninth.

Ezequiel Carrera, an outfielder obtained from Seattle in the trade for Russell Branyan, put Columbus ahead 1-0 with a one-out homer in the first inning.

The Yankees scored twice in the third, but the Clippers tied it at 2 in the bottom half. Carrera hit a one-out double and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Wes Hodges.

Head walked and scored on a double by Carlin in the fourth for a 3-2 lead. Columbus went ahead 4-2 in the sixth, but should have scored more.

Drew Sutton doubled and took third on a soft single to right by Jared Goedert. Head singled home Sutton and Carlin followed with another single to load the bases.

Zack Segovia relieved Yankees starter D.J. Mitchell and got out of the jam. He threw a called third strike past Josh Rodriguez, got Jose Constanza to ground into a force out at the plate and retired Carrera on a grounder to second.

At Winston-Salem, Bo Greenwell opened Kinston's first playoff game since 2007 with a ground-rule double and scored on a double by Chun Chen for a 1-0 lead.

K-Tribe starter T.J. McFarland gave up two runs in the bottom of the first, but his teammates rallied to tie it in the sixth.

Abner Abreu singled, was bunted to second and scored on a two-out single by Donnie Webb to make it 2-2.

The Dash went ahead in the bottom half when McFarland yielded a leadoff double. Reliever Travis Turek then gave up a one-out RBI single to end the scoring.

Greenwell, Chen, Webb and Doug Pickens all had two hits for Kinston.

At West Michigan, Adam Abraham's third-inning homer put Lake county ahead, 1-0, but Captains starter Brett Brach yielded single runs in the fourth and sixth inning to trail, 2-1. The second run scored when Francisco Jimenez hit a batter with the bases loaded to force home a run.

Jason Smit was then hit by a pitch to open the Captains' seventh. He was bunted to second and went to third on an infield single by Argenis Martinez.

Delvi Cid singled home Smit, then combined with Martinez on a double steal. Tyler Holt followed with a two-run single for a 4-2 lead.

Jimenez worked 1 2-3 innings for the win, Jose Flores fanned all four batters he faced and Preston Guilmet worked a perfect ninth for the save.

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