[From the Durham Bulls' Broadcaster Neil Solondz, via email.]
Adam Kennedy's seventh inning homer tied the score, but it was the last hit the Bulls would get on Saturday in a 2-1 loss to Charlotte. Kennedy's third homer, his second in as many nights, came off Jack Egbert (1-0) and just cleared the right-center field wall in the top of the seventh to tie the contest.
Unfortunately, Josh Kroeger homered to right on the first pitch of the bottom of the seventh off Julio DePaula (0-1) to give Charlotte (3-7) the lead right back at 2-1.
Durham, which was held to just five hits by four Charlotte pitchers, managed only a leadoff walk in the eighth over the final two innings. John Jaso and Chris Nowak had two hits apiece for Durham. Charlotte had taken the lead in the first against Carlos Hernandez. The lefty then settled down, allowing just three hits over the next five innings after the first two batters doubled and singled to drive home the game's first run.
The Bulls now are 7-2 on the season, 1-1 on a 10-game road trip, with the rubber match of a three-game set with Charlotte on Sunday. LHP Jason Cromer starts for Durham. Coverage begins at 1:55 p.m. on 99.9 FM the Fan, with first pitch at 2:15 p.m.