Saturday, August 8, 2009

Durham Bulls Lose 9-7 To Syracuse Chiefs

Durham Bulls[Via email from the Durham Bulls Director of Media Relations Matt DeMargel.]

Durham plated two in the bottom of the eighth inning to take a 7-6 lead, but a three-run blast from Syracuse’s Justin Maxwell in the top of the ninth deals Durham a heartbreaking 9-7 loss to the Chiefs Friday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

With two outs and runners on second and third, Maxwell connected on Bulls reliever Joe Nelson’s 3-2 pitch, hooking the ball around the foul pole for the game winning homer.

This would come after Durham rallied from being down as many as four runs. With the score 6-2 heading into the sixth, the Bulls got one run from a John Jaso bases-loaded sacrifice fly, scoring Rhyne Hughes from third. One batter later and with runners on second and third, Elliot Johnson ripped a base-clearing triple to bring the Bulls within one at 6-5.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Bulls tied the game at 6-6 with a double to left from Reid Brignac, scoring pinch-runner Desmond Jennings from third. Matt Joyce came up next and gave the Bulls the go-ahead run with an RBI-single to center, scoring Brignac.

After Maxwell’s homer in the ninth, the Bulls failed to rally a second time. Syracuse pitcher Zack Segoia came in and closed Durham out in order with two punchouts and a groundout to end the game.

Nelson (0-1) picked up the loss after taking the mound in the ninth and allowing two hits, including the three-run homer, with a walk and a strikeout. Yunio Novoa (1-0) picked up the win with just one-third innings of work, allowing a hit with one strikeout.

The Bulls’ four-game series with Syracuse is now tied at 1-1 with the next game coming on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Durham right-hander Wade Davis (9-7) will face off against Chiefs righty Marcos Estraded (6-4) in hopes in securing a series lead for their respective teams.

1 comment:

  1. If by "around the foul pole" they mean "in front of the foul pole into foul territory", then the article is correct. Montoyo was ejected for arguing the call (he definitely got his money's worth, too).