Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Durham Bulls Beat Charlotte Knights 6-1

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

Elliot Johnson's grand slam to right capped a five-run ninth on Monday, as the Bulls won 6-1 over Charlotte.

Johnson, in just his second game back after missing two months with a broken thumb, drilled a 3-2 pitch off Jon Link (0-2) for his third home run of the season. Two batters earlier, John Jaso had followed up an intentional walk of Chris Richard with a solid single to right for a 2-1 lead. Link's troubles began when Jon Weber singled to center, and went to third on an errant pickoff attempt.

The five-run uprising made a winner out of Julio DePaula (2-3), who pitched two scoreless innings. The Durham bullpen worked four scoreless innings for a second straight day.

Durham had scored its first run in the third on Ray Olmedo's fifth homer, a blast to left. In the series, Durham scored 20 of its 24 runs on homers. Durham has hit 28 in its last 13 games, and has a league-high 89.

The Bulls, now 49-35 (best record in the IL), took four of five from Charlotte, and have won eight of nine without Charlie Montoyo, who left the team while his son Alex had open heart surgery.

Montoyo will rejoin the Bulls on Tuesday as the team hosts Gwinnett with Andy Sonnanstine on the mound. Coverage on 99.9 the Fan begins at 6:55 with first pitch at 7:05.

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