[Via email from the Durham Bulls Director of Media Relations Matt DeMargel.]
The Knights offense knocked around the Bulls pitching staff with three homers while Durham’s batters were held in check as Charlotte won 8-1 over the Bulls Wednesday at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Andy Sonnanstine (4-3) started on the mound for Durham and was tagged for five runs on nine hits, including a solo shot from Stefan Gartrell in the sixth inning. He had two walks, six strikeouts and was pulled after six innings of work with the Bulls trailing 5-1.
Charlotte’s pitching staff, especially its bullpen, neutralized Durham’s offense. Knights starting pitcher Daniel Hudson (2-0) only gave up one run, an RBI-single from Jon Weber in the third, and was relieved after throwing five innings. Charlotte’s next four relievers held the Bulls scoreless, allowing one-hit for the rest of the game.
Durham’s bullpen was touched for three more runs, all coming off Charlotte bombs. Joe Nelson was taken deep in the 7th for a two-run shot from Wilson Betemit. Calvin Medlock had his 2-1 pitch to Mike Restovich lifted over the Blue Monster in left in the ninth inning.
The Bulls loss evens up their current series with Charlotte at one-game a piece. Gwinnett also lost, 5-2 to Norfolk, meaning Durham will still remain three games behind the division leading Braves.
Jeremy Hellickson (3-1) will take the mound for the Bulls against Charlotte’s Jack Egbert (6-8) as Durham looks to take the series lead Thursday with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.