Monday, May 18, 2009

Chris Richard International League Batter Of The Week

Durham Bulls[Via email from the Durham Bulls Director of Media Relations Matt DeMargel.]

Durham first baseman Chris Richard knocked in an IL-best 13 runs this week, 8 of which came Friday night when he became the first International League player in more than half a century to hit two grand slams in one game. Richard, who entered Friday’s affair with a 7-game hitting streak, helped the Bulls to an unforgettable comeback win over Louisville. The Bats led the Bulls 8-3 in the bottom of the 8th when Richard clubbed a one-out grand slam off of Pedro Viola to bring Durham to within a run.

After tying the game in the 9th, and again in the 10th, Durham finally won in the 11th when Richard crushed a two-out walk-off grand slam to give the Bulls a dramatic 13-9 victory. It was the second time in three days Richard homered to beat Louisville. He completed the scoring in Wednesday’s game with a two-run homer in the 7th inning to give the Bulls a 4-3 victory.

For the week, Richard paced the IL with 13 RBI, 12 hits, and 8 extra-base hits, while also finishing near the top with a .429 average (3rd), three home runs (T-2nd), 6 runs scored (T-4th), and a .929 slugging percentage (2nd).

34-year-old Chris Richard is in his third season in the Tampa Bay organization after signing as a free agent in December of 2006. He is a two-time Triple-A All-Star (Memphis, 2000 and Durham, 2008). Last season Richard was 3rd in the International League with 26 home runs and 88 RBI. He’s also spent time in the IL with Rochester (2002) and Indianapolis (2006). Richard is a native of San Diego.

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