[Via email from the Durham Bulls Director of Media Relations Matt DeMargel.]
Bulls' relief pitcher Joe Bateman, starting in place of an injured Carlos Hernandez, combined with three other relievers to hold the Yankees to six hits as the Bulls took their second game of the series, 5-2 on Sunday afternoon at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Durham scored in each inning from the third through the sixth. They scored a pair in the third on Justin Ruggiano's 14th home run of the season, a two-run blast scoring Henry Mateo. They scored another in the fourth inning on Olmedo's RBI-single scoring Joe Dillon to make it 3-0. Chris Richard singled driving in Ruggiano in the fifth inning to give the Bulls a 4-0 lead, then Desmond Jennings scored the final run in the sixth inning after his steal of third base resulted in a wild throw by Yankess catcher Chris Stewart.
Bateman pitched three and one-third innings allowing only two hits and a walk while striking out five. Calvin Medlock (3-1) followed with one and two thirds scoreless innings. Joe Nelson pitched the next inning and two-thirds allowing a pair of runs in the seventh, then Winston Abreu pitched the final two and one-third innings allowing no runs or hits to pick up his 11th save.
Russ Ortiz (2-1) took his first loss of the season allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits and two walks while striking out three.
The Bulls and Yankees complete their series on Monday night at 7:05 PM at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Tickets are available at www.durhambulls.com or by phone at (919) 956-BULL.