Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Durham Bulls Lose 2-1 To Pawtucket Red Sox

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

John Jaso's solo homer in the fifth was all the Bulls could muster offensively, as Pawtucket edged Durham on Tuesday, 2-1 with a run in the ninth.

With the game tied at one and one out in the ninth, former NC State star Aaron Bates doubled inside the third base bag for his first Triple-A hit. Freddy Guzman pinch-ran and Jason Childers (6-2) walked lefty Jonathan Van Every intentionally. Dusty Brown worked the count 2-2, and lofted a high fly to the left field wall. Ray Olmedo, starting his first game in the outfield this year because Justin Ruggiano was ill, had the ball go off his club, and Guzman scored.

Durham had a chance to take the lead in the top of the ninth when Van Every ran down Ray Sadler's two-out blast to right-center that would have scored Henry Mateo from second. Durham went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base.

The loss spoiled another solid outing by Carlos Hernandez. For the seventh straight time (four wins and three no-decisions) Hernandez went at least six innings. He allowed one run on six hits over six innings. Joe Bateman then followed with two perfect innings and three strikeouts.

Offensively, Durham had seven hits, two from Rhyne Hughes in his Triple-A debut. Durham split the four-game series with Pawtucket, with all four games decided by one run. The Bulls, 37-22, are tied with Norfolk atop the South Division. Durham is off Wednesday and plays at Buffalo on Thursday. Coverage on 99.9 the Fan ESPN Radio begins at 12:55. James Houser goes for Durham in the 1:05 start.

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