[Via email from the Durham Bulls' broadcaster Neil Solondz.]
Ray Olmedo's bases-loaded two-out two-run single in the sixth got Durham within a run, but that was as close as the Bulls got on Friday in a 5-4 loss at Louisville.
A five-run fifth inning proved to be too much for the Bulls to overcome. Durham was up 2-0 entering the fifth on Chris Richard's 16th homer, a two-run blast in the fourth.
Wade Davis (8-6), who had allowed just one hit through four, allowed a broken bat infield hit to Wes Bankston. A passed ball advanced Bankston to second, and Danny Dorn walked. Luis Bolivar then bunted the ball just outside the batter's circle, and Craig Albernaz tried unsucessfully to get the lead runner Bankston at third, loading the bases with none out. Number nine hitter Craig Tatum then drew a bases-loaded walk, cutting the deficit to 2-1. Drew Stubbs followed with a bases-clearing triple to left center for a 4-2 advantage. Chris Heisey drove home the final run with a sac fly.
Durham (52-40) got to within 5-4 on Olmedo's single, but Federico Baez struck out Albernaz with runners at second and third. Durham had runners at first and third in the seventh, but Jeff Kennard struck out Justin Ruggiano and got Chris Richard to hit a bullet to second to end the threat. Kennard, the fourth pitcher of the night, went 2.2 innings for his first save, allowing Ramon Ramirez to improve to 5-6.
Davis had a good outing other than the fifth, as he went seven innings before Julio DePaula pitched a 1-2-3 8th. Chris Richard led Durham offensively, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI.
Durham and Louisville (both 52-40) have split the first two games of the four-game series. Game three is on Saturday at 6:15, with coverage on 99.9 the Fan ESPN Radio at 5:55. LHP James Houser starts for Durham.
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