[Via email from the Durham Bulls Director of Media Relations Matt DeMargel.]
Durham starting pitcher Wade Davis posted his worst outing of the year as the Bulls get pummeled 9-3 by the Buffalo Bisons Friday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Davis (5-2) picked up his second loss of the season after giving up a season-high 10 hits and six earned runs, including a solo bomb from Buffalo’s Alex Cora, in 5.2 innings of work.
After taking the early one-run lead in the second, the Bisons tacked on three more in the fourth off Cora’s homer, a triple from Jason Cooper, and a single from Jonathan Malo to put Buffalo ahead 4-0.
The Bulls answered back in their half of the fourth after Matt Joyce deposited Buffalo pitcher Fernando Nieve’s first pitch over the wall in right for a three-run blast, cutting Buffalo’s lead to 4-3.
That would be all the offense the Bulls bats were able to muster as they were held to just two hits for the remainder of the contest. Joyce finished 1-for-4 with three RBI.
The Bisons however were not done posting digits on the scoreboard. They chased Davis in the sixth after tacking on two more runs. Durham’s Julio DePaula came in for relief and proceeded to give up another run in the seventh, a solo shot from Mike Lamb, making the score 7-3.
Bulls reliever Chad Orvella came in to pitch in the eighth and was also knocked around, allowing two runs on two hits as Buffalo increased its lead to 9-3.
The only Bulls pitcher who came away unscathed was infielder Matt Hall, who came in to pitch in the ninth. He retired three of the four batters he faced to close out the game.
The Bulls were fortunate to have only allowed nine runs as Buffalo stranded 20 runners total for the game, the most by a Bulls opponent all season.
The Bulls look to rebound from their opening homestand loss Saturday as they take on the Bisons for Game 2 of their four game series. Lefty Carlos Hernandez takes the mound for Durham with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.