[Via email from the Durham Bulls Director of Media Relations Matt DeMargel.]
After falling behind 5-0 through the first three and a half innings, the Bulls were spurred on by manager Charlie Montoyo’s first ejection of the year and came roaring back to plate eleven runs, including nine unanswered, to over take Louisville 11-6 Thursday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Led by Justin Ruggiano, who went 3-3 with a triple and three RBIs, and Ray Sadler, who hit a three-run bomb in the third, the Bulls batters combined for 11 hits, including 10 RBIs and five doubles, on their way to scoring their second highest run total this season. Their seven extra base hits tied a season record, set April 19 at Charlotte.
Durham’s starting pitcher Carlos Hernandez picked up the win tonight despite allowing five earned runs on five hits while striking out a season-high eight batters. He now moves to 2-2 on the year.
Hernandez was followed up by three more hurlers from Durham’s bullpen each tossing one frame apiece. Julio Depaula and Dale Thayer both kept Lousville scoreless while Jason Isringhausen, who is with the Bulls on a MLB rehab assignment, gave up one run in the eighth.
With the win, Durham grabbed a 2-1 lead in their series with the Bats but the Bulls still remain 1.5 games behind Norfolk, who won 12-3 over Syracuse, for the top spot in the South Division standings.
Lefty James Houser (1-1, 4.91 ERA) will start on the mound for Durham Friday as the Bulls look to avoid a split with Louisville in their series finale.