Thursday, June 11, 2009

Durham Bulls Lose 13-5 To Buffalo Bisons

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

Chris Nowak was one of the few bright spots for Durham in a 13-5 loss to Buffalo on Thursday afternoon.

Nowak singled, doubled and tripled and drove in four runs. His two-run double gave Durham a 2-0 lead in the second and his triple gave Durham its last lead at 3-2 in the fourth. Durham would eventually tie the game at four in the fifth on Ray Sadler's bases loaded sac fly.

In the bottom of the fifth, James Houser (3-2) allowed a double to Willy Mo Pena, and that started a six-run rally against Houser and Julio DePaula. Ray Olmedo mishandled a potential double-play ball that had it bee turned, would have limited the damage to one run.

Buffalo would tack on three more runs in the seventh and eighth as the Bulls committed four more errors in those frames. Durham started the game second in the league in field percentage, and committed a season high five errors, four by Olmedo. Coming into the game, Olmedo had just three errors in the first two months of the season.

Meanwhile, Bulls pitchers allowed 15 hits and walked seven against a team last in the IL in hitting entering the game. In addition to Nowak's effort at the plate, Rashad Eldridge had two hits and two runs scored. Other than Nowak, the other Bulls went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

Durham, now 37-23 and 2-3 on an eight-game road trip, visits Buffalo again on Friday. Jason Cromer starts against Jon Niese in a battle of lefties. Coverage on 99.9 the Fan ESPN Radio begins at 7:15 with first pitch at 7:35.

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