[Via email from the Durham Bulls Director of Media Relations Matt DeMargel.]
Reid Brignac’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning proved to be the difference in the game as the Bulls won their fourth game in a row, 4-3 over Rochester on Friday Night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Rochester jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Bulls answered in the bottom half with a pair of their own. Reid Brignac doubled to right-center, then scored on Justin Ruggiano’s single centerfield to make it 2-1. Later in the inning, Chris Richard doubled to right field scoring Matt Joyce to tie the game at two apiece.
Rochester grabbed the lead back in the top of the second, but the Bull would answer in the fifth when Chris Nowak scored on Ruggiano’s double to right-center to make it 3-3. The Bulls took their first lead in the bottom of the seventh inning when Nowak led off the inning with a double followed by Ray Olmedo’s bunt-single that placed runners at the corners. Brignac followed with a fly ball to right field scoring Nowak with the eventual winning run.
LHP Randy Choate (3-0) picked up the win pitching one and two-thirds innings allowing no runs on one hit. RHP Anthony Swarzak (3-4) took the loss, allowing four runs on 11 hits in seven innings of work.
One night after becoming the first player to hit two grand slams in one game in the International League since 1957, Richard hammered out two doubles to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. The Bulls and Redwings play game two of the four-game set on Sunday evening at 5:05 PM in Durham. Tickets are available at www.durhambulls.com or by phone at (919) 956-BULL.
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