[Via email from the Durham Bulls Director of Media Relations Matt DeMargel.]
In a bid to win a record 84 games, the Bulls came up short in extra innings as they fell 4-3 to Norfolk on Monday in the regular season finale at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Both teams were held scoreless until the seventh inning when Elliot Johnson deposited Andy Mitchell’s first pitch over the wall in right for a solo homer to make the score 1-0.
The Tides answered in the eighth when they loaded the bases on Bulls reliever Joe Bateman with one out. Bateman walked in the next two runs as Norfolk took a 2-1 lead.
Durham tied it up in their half of the eighth with another solo homer, this time from Rashad Eldridge to tie the game at two apiece.
Norfolk posted their final two runs in the tenth with a home run from Dave Krynzel and an RBI-double from Brandon Synder to take a 4-2 lead.
That would be too much for the Bulls to overcome as they scored only one run in their half of the tenth to end the game.
Joe Nelson (2-2) took the loss after surrounding the two runs in the tenth. Jim Miller (4-4) picked up the win after tossing one and two-thirds innings with two strikeouts.
Following the game, first baseman Chris Richard was called up to Tampa Bay. This will be his first call-up as a Ray, after joining the organization in 2007. The last time the slugger appeared in the Majors was with the Colorado Rockies in 2003.
The Bulls close out the regular season tying their franchise record with 83 wins. They now move to the postseason against their first round opponent, the Louisville Bats. The first game of their best-of-five series is Wednesday at the DBAP with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.