Friday, May 21, 2010

Skid Hits Season Hit Five in 4-0 Loss at Toledo

Heath Phillips pitched five shut-out innings in Thursday's game against Toledo.[Via e-mail by Bulls Neil Solondz.]

(Toledo, OH) Heath Phillips had a shutout for five innings, but Toledo broke the scoreless tie in the sixth, in what amounted to Durham's season-high fifth straight defeat, 4-0.

Scott Sizemore started the sixth by hitting a ball down the right field side. Fernando Perez made a long run but couldn't hold onto the ball, and Sizemore ended up at second with what was scored a double. Ryan Raburn then ripped a one-hopper past short to put runners at first and third. Cleanup hitter Jeff Frazier followed with a three-run homer to left, his fifth long ball of the season for a 3-0 lead.

Phillips then retired the next three hitters in order. He allowed three runs and five hits in six innings, walking three and fanning four.

Toledo tacked on a run in the seventh against Brian Baker on a Will Rhymes sacrifice fly.

Durham, which before the streak was the top scoring team in the league, has managed just six runs in the five defeats. The Bulls were held to just two hits and one walk by the combination of Max Scherzer (1-0, first start since being demoted by Detroit) and Robbie Weinhardt. All of the baserunners came with two out, and no Bull got past second base. Durham, which leads the IL in homers with 51, is without a long ball for 48 innings.

Durham will try to salvage the last of a four-game series on Friday night in Toledo. Aneury Rodriguez squares off against Alfredo Figaro in a match-up of righties. Coverage on 620 the Buzz begins at 6:45, with first pitch at 7 p.m.

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