Thursday, September 3, 2009

Durham Bulls Beat Charlotte Knights 14-3, Jennings Goes 7-7

Durham Bulls[Via email from the Durham Bulls' broadcaster Neil Solondz.]

Desmond Jennings went 7-for-7 as Durham clinched a playoff spot on Thursday with a 14-3 blowout victory over Charlotte.

Jennings had six singles before a double in his last at-bat in the ninth inning. He drove in three runs and scored four others. Fernando Perez had six hits July 12th of last year in an extra-inning game against Rochester, the previous Durham mark in Triple-A. The seven hits in a game also tied an International League record.

Jennings drove in the tie-breaking run in the sixth inning with a single that was deflected by relief pitcher Sergio Santos for a 4-3 advantage. That was the second of 11 consecutive runs scored by Durham.

The Bulls (80-60) collected 17 hits and drew a season-high 12 walks. Rashad Eldridge, who just returned from Montgomery, went 4-for-6 with two RBI and a walk. Seven of nine Bulls scored, eight of nine drove in a run and seven Bulls had base hits.

Durham also struck out 15 Charlotte hitters as Joe Bateman (6-2) got the win with 3.1 innings of scoreless relief, following spot starter Calvin Medlock.

Durham clinched the playoff berth with the win and a Syracuse 8-1 loss at Lehigh Valley. Gwinnett fell 3-2 at Norfolk, so Durham has a two-game lead in the division with four games left.

Jeremy Hellickson starts at Knights Stadium on Friday at 7:15 in the last regular season road game for the Bulls, who will be in the post-season for the third straight season, and ninth time in 12 Triple-A seasons. Air time on 99.9 the Fan ESPN Radio is at 6:55.

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