Thursday, April 15, 2010

Durham Bulls sweep Gwinnett Braves with 3-1 extra innings win

The Game: The Durham Bulls defeated the Gwinnett Braves 3-1 in extra innings on Wednesday night at Coolray Field. With the win, the Bulls swept the series against Gwinnett and ended the road trip with a winning record.

The Bulls broke the scoreless tie in the seventh inning. Dan Johnson started the inning with a walk. Ryan Shealy singled to center to move Johnson to second. Then Chris Richard delivered an RBI double to left to score Johnson and give the Bulls a 1-0 lead.

Gwinnett battled back to tie the game in the eighth inning. Joe Thurston hit a solo home run to right to tie the game 1-1.

The Bulls broke the tie in the tenth inning. Craig Albernaz and Joe Dillon led off the inning with back to back singles. Justin Ruggiano later delivered a two run double to right to give the Bulls a 3-1 lead. Winston Abreu took over in the bottom of the tenth to keep the Braves off the board and secure the win.

Heath Phillips pitched 7 2/3 innings and allowed 1 run on 4 hits with 4 strikeouts and a walk. Joe Bateman earned the win by pitching 1 1/3 shut-out inning with a hit and a strikeout. Winston Abreu recorded the save with a no-hit tenth inning, striking out 2 of the 3 hitters he faced.

Bulls Player of the Game: Justin Ruggiano; 2 for 5 with double and 2 RBI’s, struck the game winning double in the top of the tenth.

RP Top Prospect Watch: n/a

A Look Ahead: The Bulls head home for their 2010 home opener at Durham Bulls Athletic Park against the Norfolk Tides. Jeff Bennett will start against Alfredo Simon for Norfolk.


  1. Do you know the nature of the injury to Fernando Perez?