[Via email from the Durham Bulls' broadcaster Neil Solondz.]
Wade Davis was victimized by a key error in a five-run second, and the Bulls went on to fall to Buffalo 8-1 on Sunday, wrapping up an eight-game road trip.
Trailing 1-0 with two on and two out, Luis Rivera singled to right. Rashad Eldridge threw home to get Mike Lamb, and first baseman Rhyne Hughes cut the throw off and threw to third where Robinson Cancel would have been out by a wide margin, ending the inning with the score 2-0 Buffalo.
However, the thrown glanced off Ray Olmedo’s glove for an error, and Cancel then came home, where Craig Albernaz’s tag was too late. Jesus Feliciano and Chip Ambres followed with run-scoring hits to cap the five-run rally.
Davis (6-4) settled down from there, allowing just two hits over the next four innings before reaching his pitch limit. Jason Childers followed and allowed three runs in his two innings in relief.
Durham meanwhile managed just six hits off Brandon Knight (4-5), who went the distance and didn’t walk a batter. He struck out seven, and threw 109 pitches in the first complete game against the Bulls this season. He threw 80 of 109 pitches for strikes and had just one three-ball count. Henry Mateo and Jon Weber each had two hits for Durham.
The Bulls, now 38-25, finished 3-5 on an eight-game trip, losing four of their last five. It was the first series loss for Durham since late April.
Durham returns home for an eight-game home stand against Lehigh Valley and Pawtucket. Lefty Carlos Hernandez starts on Monday at 7:05 against the IronPigs. Coverage on 99.9 the Fan ESPN Radio begins at 6:55.