[Via email from the Durham Bulls Director of Media Relations Matt DeMargel.]
Led by the Bat of Justin Ruggiano, the Bulls plated three runs in the fifth inning on their way to a 5-3 victory over the Syracuse Chiefs Thursday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Ruggiano went 2-4 with four RBI, three of which came on a bases-loaded double in the fifth which proved to be the difference. This coming a game after his force out which scored the game-winning run in the Bulls stunning bottom of the ninth comeback win Tuesday night over Indianapolis.
Syracuse got on the board first with a sacrifice fly from Kory Casto off Bulls starting pitcher Carlos Hernandez, making the score 1-0.
That would be the only run allowed by Hernandez (7-6), who got a no-decision after tossing four innings of no-hit ball with three walks and three strikeouts.
The Bulls answered back in their half of the first with a single from Ruggiano, which scored Desmond Jennings from third, and a double from Jon Weber, scoring Matt Joyce to give the Bulls a 2-1 lead.
Ruggiano’s base clearing two-bagger in the fifth made the score 5-1. Syracuse added two more in the eighth but that was not enough as the Bulls held on to the victory.
Relief pitcher Joe Bateman (5-1) picked up the victory after tossing two scoreless innings, allowing one hit while striking out three.
The Bulls continue their series with Syracuse Friday with lefty Jason Cromer (5-2) taking the mound for Durham against Chiefs righty Shairon Martis(3-1) with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.