Friday, July 24, 2009

Bulls Lose 4-3 To Indians In 10, Hellickson On Friday

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

Jon Weber had two RBI hits, but he and the Bulls will have to wait until Friday to try and move into first in the South Division, after a 4-3 10-inning loss to Indianapolis on Friday.

It was Durham's extra-inning loss of the trip, which ended at 3-5. The Bulls remain a half game behind Norfolk in advance of a five-game four-day series that begins on Sunday against the Tides. Gwinnett now is a game back after sweeping four games from Norfolk.

Durham held a 3-2 lead going to the 8th, but Julio DePaula walked a pair of batters with one out in the eighth, and Eric Kratz's bloop single scored the tying run against Joe Bateman. Bateman was able to prevent further damage in the eighth or ninth.

Durham had the lead run in scoring position in the ninth and 10th but did not score. In the bottom of the 10th, Kratz singled to center, was sacrificed to second, and moved to third on a ground ball. With the count 0-1 on Argenis Diaz, Calvin Medlock's pitch hit off John Jaso's glove for a passed ball, scoring the winning run.

Despite the loss, Andy Sonnanstine battled well in his first start after missing two weeks with mono. Sonnanstine went six, allowing two runs on six hits. Durham had 13 hits, three from Chris Richard and John Jaso.

Durham hosts Norfolk on Friday at 7:05 with Jeremy Hellickson making his Triple-A debut. Coverage on 99.9 the Fan begins at 6:55.

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