[Via email from the Durham Bulls Director of Media Relations Matt DeMargel.]
Trailing 2-1, the Bulls batted around while plating five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning as Durham went on to win, 7-5 over the Norfolk Tides on Monday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Bulls maintain their one-game lead over Gwinnett while the Tides fall to 2.5 back in the South Division.
Elliot Johnson homered in the third inning to get the Bulls on the scoreboard, then led off the fifth with a double beginning the rally. Reid Brignac followed with a double scoring Johnson to tie the game at two apiece. Matt Joyce walked and Justin Ruggiano singled, then Tides pitcher David Pauley walked Chris Richard forcing in the go-ahead run. Jon Weber and Henry Mateo chipped in with RBI-groundouts before Craig Albernaz singled to center scoring Richard to make it a 6-2 game. Mateo’s RBI-single in the seventh inning gave the Bulls a 7-2 lead.
Norfolk would rally for three in the eighth inning, but Joe Bateman shut the door in the ninth inning to seal the victory. Wade Davis (9-6) picked up the win for the Bulls pitching six innings allowing two runs on five hits while striking out three. Pauley (7-9) took the loss allowing six runs on nine hits in four and two-thirds innings.
The Bulls head to Scranton Wilkes-Barre to take on the Yankees on Tuesday night at 7:05 PM. Catch all the action with Neil Solondz on www.durhambulls.com.