[Via email from the Durham Bulls' broadcaster Neil Solondz.]
Chris Richard homered twice and drove in five runs, as the Bulls beat Gwinnett 6-2 on Wednesday afternoon. Richard, who hit a team-best 26 homers last year, belted a 2-2 pitch to left center off Charlie Morton (1-2) in the first with two runners aboard, giving Durham a 3-0 lead.
After a Jon Weber sac fly in the second gave Durham a 4-0 advantage, Richard followed a Justin Ruggiano double with a homer to right-center for a 6-0 lead. The homers for Richard were his first two this year.
That was more than enough for a Bulls pitching staff that has a 1.92 ERA through 13 games. Wade Davis (1-0) went the first five, allowing two runs and three hits. The combination of Dewon Day, Randy Choate, and Jason Childers pitched scoreless ball the rest of the way.
Durham is now 10-3, and has won all four series it's played. The Bulls, who took two of three from Gwinnett, are 4-2 on a 10-game road trip. Durham faces Norfolk in Virginia, opening a four-game set on Thursday. Lefty Carlos Hernandez (0-0 0.93 ERA) pitches for the Bulls. Coverage on 99.9 The Fan HD2 and www.durhambulls.com begins at 6:55 p.m., with first pitch at 7:15 p.m.