Thursday, September 10, 2009

Durham Bulls Lose 5-2 To Louisville Bats

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

The Bulls lost a 2-0 lead as Louisville plated five unanswered runs to win 5-2 over Durham on Thursday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Durham’s only two runs came in the first innings with three straight singles, the last coming from Joe Dillon to score Desmond Jennings from second. The next batter, Matt Joyce grounded into a double play which allowed Rashad Eldridge to score the Bulls’ second run.

The Bats struck back in the fourth with four straight singles to begin the inning while scoring two runs before Bulls starter Mitch Talbot was chased from the game. Calvin Medlock came in relief for Talbot and proceeded to hit the first batter he faced. Two batters later, Luis Bolivar hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Danny Dorn from third and give the Bats a 3-2 lead.

Talbot, who was making his first appearance with the Bulls since May 27th, lasted three innings allowing three earned runs on six hits, a walk and three strikeouts.

Louisville added two more runs in the fifth with an RBI-single from Todd Frazier scoring Juan Francisco from second and a RBI single from Chris Valaika scoring Frazier.

Ben Jukich picked up the win after tossing five innings in which he allowed two runs on six hits and three walks with three strikeouts.

The Bats’ win evens up the opening round of the Governors’ Cup Playoffs at one game a piece as both teams head to Louisville to play Game 3 Friday with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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