[Via email from the Durham Bulls Director of Media Relations Matt DeMargel.]
Jason Cromer and the Durham Bulls’ bullpen shutout the Indianapolis Indians on their way to a 2-0 victory Saturday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Cromer (5-2) went five scoreless innings allowing six hits and two walks while striking out three. His pivotal moment came in the top of the third after allowing a hit and two walks to load the bases with one out. Cromer retired the next two batters to get out of the inning unscathed.
Neither team scored until the fifth inning when the Bulls took a 1-0 lead. Ray Olmedo hit a soft line drive which fell over Indianapolis’ shortstop, Argenis Diaz, which drove in Elliot Johnson from second.
Julio DePaula was the first pitcher out of Durham’s bullpen, reliving Cromer to begin the sixth. He failed to retire the first three batters he faced, loading the bases with no outs. DePaula coaxed Argenis Diaz to hit into a 1-2-3 double play and retired the next batter, Brian Bixler, with a strikeout to end the inning with Indianapolis still scoreless. The Indians left a total of 13 runners n base including going 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
The Bulls increased their lead in their half of the seventh with a Jon Weber solo home run to the Diamond View seats in right field, making the score 2-0.
John Meloan came in relief in the seventh and kept Indianapolis scoreless with a walk and a strikeout. Dale Thayer came in the eighth and closed the game out, allowing only one hit while striking out one on his way to picking up his 15th save of the year.
With the win, the Durham Bulls are now 2-3 against the Indians this season after dropping 3-of-4 earlier this year in Indianapolis.
Right-hander Wade Davis (9-6, 3.21 ERA) will take the mound for the Bulls Sunday, facing off against Indianapolis’ righty Brad Lincoln (2-1, 4.59 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.