[Via email from the Durham Bulls Director of Media Relations Matt DeMargel.]
The Bulls blew an early, two-run lead by giving up six unanswered runs as they lost, 6-2 to the Indianapolis Indians Monday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Durham jumped on the board in the first inning with a Justin Ruggiano sacrifice fly scoring Desmond Jennings. They added another in the second with consecutive doubles from Rhyne Hughes and Ray Olmedo, with the latter two-bagger scoring Hughes from second giving the Bulls a 2-0 lead.
Hughes ended the day 2-3 with two doubles, a run and a strikeout as he extended his hitting streak to 11 games, a Bulls’ season-high. He is 21-for-37 (.567) during that hot streak with eight doubles and one homerun.
The Bulls’ lead would not last as the Indians began to chip away in the fourth inning with an RBI-single from Robinzon Diaz off Durham starting pitcher Andy Sonnanstine making the score 2-1.
Indianapolis tied the game in the fifth with a solo shot from Brian Bixler to left-center. They then took the lead the very next inning with another long bomb, this time from Chris Barnwell over the Snorting Bull in left.
That homer would be the last earned run given up by Sonnanstine (3-1) as he finished the night with six innings of work allowing three earned runs on nine hits, including the two homeruns, with four strikeouts while picking up the loss.
The Indians added two more runs in the seventh with a two-run blast from Brian Myrow off Bulls reliever Calvin Medlock and one more in the eighth as they closed out the Bulls with the 6-2 win.
With Durham’s loss and Gwinnett’s 2-1 victory over Columbus, the Bulls and the Braves are now tied for first in the International League South Division.
The Bulls look for a series split with Indianapolis Tuesday as right-hander Jeremy Hellickson takes the mound against Indians righty Daniel McCutchen with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.