[Via email from the Durham Bulls' broadcaster Neil Solondz.]
Winston Abreu's terrific relief work made a late-inning single by Chris Nowak stand up, as the Bulls won their third straight Monday, 3-2 over Rochester. Abreu picked up his sixth save with a two-inning scoreless stint. After reliever Dewon Day (3-0) allowed a leadoff walk in the eighth, Abreu eventually got to a first-and-third one-out situation, and he struck out the four and five hitters, Justin Huber and David Winfree. In the ninth, Trevor Plouffe doubled inside the third base bag to start the frame, but Matt Macri and Dustin Martin fanned, and Brock Peterson popped to short to end the game.
Durham took the lead with two out in the eighth when Nowak singled to right off Juan Morillo (2-2). The RBI single scored Justin Ruggiano, who had singled, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch.
Day got the win with a scoreless seventh, but the Bulls also received a strong start from Carlos Hernandez, his fourth straight of six innings or more. Hernandez committed two throwing errors, leading to two unearned runs. He allowed only four hits and one walk while striking out one.
Offensively, eight of nine Bulls collected the team's 11 hits. Henry Mateo, Ruggiano and Jon Weber had two apiece. Durham has won 10 of 12 and is a season-best 12 over .500 (28-16) despite playing with a short-handed roster. Due to injuries in Tampa Bay, Reid Brignac, Randy Choate, David Price, and Dale Thayer were called up this week. In addition, John Jaso, Ray Olmedo and Chris Richard each missed a second straight game due to injury.
The Bulls, 4-1 on an eight-game road trip, take on Rochester on Tuesday night. LHP James Houser starts against RHP Kevin Mulvey. Coverage on 99.9 the Fan's HD2 begins at 6:45, with first pitch at 7:05.