Saturday, June 13, 2009

Durham Bulls Lose 1-0 To Buffalo Bisons

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

Jason Cromer gave Durham his fourth good outing in as many starts for the Bulls, but it wasn't enough to prevent a 1-0 loss to Buffalo. It's Durham's first three-game losing streak of the season and it took 61 games for it to occur.

Cromer had runners in base in five of the six innings he worked, but allowed just a second inning run on one-out doubles by Rene Rivera and Mike Lamb to left-center field. Cromer walked one and struck out none and gave up six hits in his six-inning stint. He has a 1.25 ERA in four starts, but just a 1-2 record.

While Cromer battled his way through six to keep Durham close, the Bulls had a tough time against lefty Jonathon Niese (1-6). Niese, rated the number three prospect in the Mets organization by Baseball America, had a no-hitter through 5.2 innings until Rashad Eldridge doubled to right. Henry Mateo then grounded out to end the threat.

Durham, which had just three hits, had its best chance in the eighth. Brandon Chaves walked and went to second on a wild pitch as Ray Olmedo struck out against Niese. Pinch-hitter John Jaso then reached on a fielding error by third baseman Mike Lamb, as Chaves held at second. In came closer Elmer Dessens, who struck out Eldridge. Henry Mateo then singled to left, loading the bases, as the ball was hit too sharply to the charging Jesus Feliciano to score Chaves. Justin Ruggiano then worked the count to 2-1, and hit a line drive to first, but Wily Mo Pena made a leaping grab, preventing a hit that would've given Durham the lead. Dessens the fanned the side in the ninth.

Durham, now 2-4 on an eight-game road trip, is still 37-24, tied for first with Norfolk in the South Division. The Bulls will look to snap their streak on Saturday at 7:05 as RHP Matt DeSalvo takes the mound. Coverage on 99.9 the Fan begins at 6:45.

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