Monday, July 6, 2009

Durham Bulls Beat Charlotte Knights 5-1

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

Ray Sadler's three-run homer capped a four-run fourth, as the Bulls went on to beat Charlotte 5-1 on Sunday.

Sadler's long homer to left, his 11th, followed back-to-back walks to Chris Richard and Rhyne Hughes. Justin Ruggiano had homered to right field to start the inning against Lucas Harrell (0-1), tying the game at one.

Charlotte had taken the lead against Wade Davis (8-4) in the third. Eider Torres singled to center, stole second, and scored on a single up the middle by rehabbing major leaguer Carlos Quentin. Davis battled through five innings, as runners were on base each frame. However, Davis held the Knights to 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position to limit the damage to just one run.

Davis retired his final two hitters with the tying run at the plate in the fifth, and that began a string where the Bulls retired the final 14 Charlotte hitters. Jason Childers, Jorge Julio and Joe Bateman were perfect over the final four innings out of the pen.

Jon Weber, 2-for-3 with two walks, added an RBI double for insurance in the ninth inning.

Durham, now 48-35, has won three of four games in the five-game home-and-home series with Charlotte. The Bulls, a game ahead of Norfolk in the South Division, concludes the series on Monday at Knights Stadium as lefty Carlos Hernandez starts for Durham. Coverage begins at 6:55 on 99.9 the Fan ESPN Radio with first pitch at 7:15.

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