[Via email from the Durham Bulls' broadcaster Neil Solondz.]
Homers by Reid Brignac and Chris Richard were all the Bulls could muster on the fourth of July in an 11-2 loss to Charlotte that ended Durham’s seven-game win streak.
Brignac’s homer to left off Carlos Torres (8-4) was his third in two games. But it was one of only four hits off Torres in eight innings. Charlotte is 5-6 against the Bulls, but has won all four games Torres has started against Durham.
Charlotte took control of this game with an eight-run second with all of the runs coming against Matt DeSalvo (0-2) with two out. With two out and two on, Brent Lillibridge walked after he was down in the count 0-2. Miguel Negron the walked to force home the first run. Eider Torres singled to right, scoring two more, and another run scored on an errant John Jaso throw trying to get Torres at second. A hit and an error followed, and veteran Wilson Betemit then doubled into the left field corner for an 8-0 lead.
James Houser was a bright spot on the mound, eating up 3.1 innings in his first relief appearance, allowing just a single run. Richard went 2-for-4 at the plate, Durham’s only multi-hit game. He now is second in the International League with 14 homers.
Durham, 47-35, still is one game ahead of Norfolk in the South Division, and visits Charlotte again on Sunday at 5:15. Wade Davis takes the mound for Durham. Coverage on 99.9 the Fan ESPN Radio begins at 4:55.