[Via email from the Durham Bulls Director of Media Relations Matt DeMargel.]
Behind the right arm of starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson, the Bulls blanked the Gwinnett Braves 4-0 Sunday at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Hellickson (5-1) tossed an eight inning, one-hitter giving up just two walks while fanning a career-high 12 batters. The 22-year-old hurler kept the Braves hitless until the sixth inning.
Sunday marked the third straight appearance in which Hellickson has thrown 10 or more strikeouts. In his last three outings, he has tossed 20 innings allowing seven hits with four earned runs, five walks and 32 strikeouts.
The Bulls first hit came with their leadoff batter, Fernando Perez, who doubled to right to start the game. He would later score from third on a sacrifice fly from Joe Dillon to give the Bulls the early 1-0 lead.
Durham added two more in the third with a RBI-double from Jon Weber and a Matt Joyce bases-loaded walk making the score 3-0.
The Bulls added their last tally in the sixth with an Elliot Johnson single up the middle scoring Matt Joyce from second. Dale Thayer finished off Hellickson’s masterpiece, closing the game out in the ninth as the Bulls held on for the win.
The victory gives the Bulls seven-straight wins, tying their season-high winning streak. They now move two games ahead of Gwinnett in the International League South Division.
Durham will face off against the Braves again Monday for Game 3 of their four-game series. Jeff Bennett (1-0) will take the mound for the Bulls as he faces off against Todd Redmond (9-6) with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.