Sunday, May 10, 2009

Durham Bulls Beat Gwinnett Braves 4-3

Durham Bulls[Via email from the Durham Bulls' broadcaster Neil Solondz.]

Ray Olmedo's two-out run-scoring single in the ninth was the final margin on Sunday in a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Braves. Olmedo's single off Mariano Gomez (2-1) was Olmedo's second game-winning hit this year, and made a winner out of Randy Choate (2-0), the third of four Bulls pitchers.

Matt Joyce singled to left to start the rally with one out and Chris Richard walked. Ray Sadler then beat out a double-play grounder to short. With first and third, Olmedo worked the count to 1-0 before lining the winning hit to left.

Dale Thayer (five saves) surrendered a one-out walk to J.C. Holt, but got Diory Hernandez to ground into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play started by Olmedo to secure the win.

Durham tied the score in the seventh with a pair of solo homers against Braves top pitching prospect Tommy Hanson. Matt Joyce belted his fourth to right center to start the frame, and Ray Sadler hit his third to left center tie the score with one out.

The Braves had taken the lead in the sixth at 3-1, taking advantage of a walk and a hit batter to set up the go-ahead runs. Gwinnett had tied the score in the third on a Hernandez double after Justin Ruggiano homered to right in the first off Hanson, Ruggiano's fourth in two days. Before the start, Hanson, the league's strikeout leader, had allowed one homer in six starts.

Durham, now 18-12 and 3-2 on a six-game road trip, wraps up the trip on Monday with Mitch Talbot (3-2) opposing Kris Medlin (4-0) in a battle of righties. First pitch is at 2 p.m., with coverage on 99.9 the Fan's HD2 and at 1:40 p.m.

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