[Via email from the Durham Bulls Director of Media Relations Matt DeMargel.]
The Bulls had too many missed opportunities as they fell 4-3 to Charlotte Friday night at the Durham Bulls Athletics Park.
Durham’s batters collected eight hits and were able to draw nine walks but failed to drive in runs as they went 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position.
After falling behind 2-0 leading into the bottom of the third, the Bulls got on the board with a Matt Joyce triple, Durham’s only multiple-base hit, scoring Joe Dillon from first. Joyce was the lone Bull with multiple hits as he went 3-4 with an RBI.
The Bulls added two more runs in the sixth and seventh innings with a Desmond Jenings force out scoring Joyce and a Dillon force out scoring Jon Weber to give the Bulls a 3-2 lead.
But that lead would be undone in the eighth when Josh Fields took Jason Childers’ 2-0 pitch over the wall in left for a two-run homer to give Charlotte a 4-3 lead.
Childers (9-5) picked up the loss while Charlotte relief pitcher Fernando Hernandez (1-1) earned the win.
The Bulls loss evens up their series with Charlotte at 2-2 and ends their eight game homestand with 4-4 split. They travel to Syracuse on Saturday to begin a four-game series with the Chiefs and am eight game road trip.