Saturday, September 12, 2009

Durham Bulls Lose 10-7 To Louisville Bats, Series Tied 2-2

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

Michel Hernandez belted a two-run homer in a four-run second, but Louisville rallied past the Bulls 10-7, forcing a deciding game five in their first-round playoff series.

Hernandez's two-run homer to left, Durham's first of the playoffs, followed Elliot Johnson's two-run single, and gave Durham a 4-2 advantage.

Louisville stormed back with four in the bottom of the frame against Rayner Oliveros and Heath Rollins (0-1) to lead 6-4. Durham then answered with two in the third in see-saw battle to even the contest at six.

Rollins had settled down, throwing four straight scoreless innings, but allowed a solo homer to right by Danny Dorn in the sixth, and then a second run scored on a Joe Nelson wild pitch, giving Louisville an 8-6 advantage.

Durham had the tying runs aboard in the seventh, but Matt Joyce grounded into an inning-double play against Enerio del Rosario to end the frame. In the eighth, Durham cut the lead to 8-7 on closer Logan Ondrusek's throwing error, the second by a Louisville pitcher that inning. However, Ondrusek got two groundouts with the tying and lead runs on base to end the threat.

Louisville then answered with two runs in the eighth inning against Mike Wlodarczyk to close the scoring.

Durham collected nine hits, two each from Elliot Johnson and Justin Ruggiano.

The deciding game five will be at 5:05 on Sunday. Airtime on 99.9 the Fan's HD2 and is at 4:45. Paul Phillips is expected to start for Durham against lefty Camilo Vazquez. Neither pitchers has a Triple-A decision.

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