[Via email from the Durham Bulls' broadcaster Neil Solondz.]
Chris Richard had four hits and four RBI on Wednesday, as he and Desmond Jennings led Durham one step closer to a playoff spot with a 9-0 victory over Charlotte.
Richard's two-run single in the first inning came one pitch after Jennings and Matt Joyce had executed a double steal of second and third against Jack Egbert (6-10).
Jennings reached base five times, and went 2-for-3 with three runs scored, and added an RBI triple and a solo homer, his third in Triple-A.
Durham scored in six of its first at-bats, and that was more than enough for the Bulls pitching staff. Jason Cromer (7-3) went six shutout innings. Julio DePaula put up zeros in the seventh and eighth, and Winston Abreu followed by fanning the side in the ninth.
The Bulls (79-60) now have a magic number of two over Syracuse to clinch a playoff spot with five games left the regular season. Durham moved a game ahead of Gwinnett in the South Division after the Braves lost 8-1 at Norfolk.
Durham visits Charlotte again on Thursday as Calvin Medlock takes the mound against Matt Long, who makes his Triple-A debut. Air time on 99.9 the Fan ESPN Radio begins at 6:55, with first pitch at 7:15.