Bulls come back to win on Star Wars night
Posted May 4
Updated May 5
Durham, N.C. — The Durham Bulls scored five runs in the final three innings to notch a come-from-behind, 6-2 win over the Columbus Clippers Sunday evening at the DBAP.
The win evened the four-game series at two wins each and gave the Bulls a 5-3 record on the eight-game homestand. Sunday’s victory came in front of 11,507 fans on Star Wars Night, the fourth-largest crowd in DBAP history.
Tied 1-1 in the fourth inning, the Clippers (13-15) took the lead on a home run by Giovanny Urshela. The solo shot gave Columbus the lead until the sixth, when Durham manufactured a run.
Kevin Kiermaier walked to start the sixth, then stole second, took third on a throwing error and scored on Cole Figueroa’s ground ball.
The Bulls (20-11) took the lead one inning later, when Mike Fontenot doubled and Ali Solis hit a two-run home run over the right field wall. Durham added two insurance runs in the eighth on a two-run single by Fontenot.
Jim Patterson (1-0), called up earlier in the day and appearing in just his second career Triple-A contest, got the win in relief of starter Doug Mathis. Patterson pitched three scoreless innings, striking out two and allowing one hit to earn his first win at the Triple-A level. Columbus starter T.J. House (1-2) took the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) over seven innings. Juan Sandoval pitched the final two innings for Durham, earning his first save of 2014 in the process.
The Bulls embark on an eight-game road trip Monday, playing the first of four games against the Syracuse Chiefs. RHP Matt Andriese (1-2, 4.22) takes the hill for Durham opposite RHP Josh Roenicke (0-2, 6.08) for Syracuse. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at NBT Bank Stadium.
BULL-et Points: Mathis made the start in place of Nathan Karns, who was recalled to Tampa Bay earlier in the day… The Bulls are now 8-1 in series finales this season, and 4-1 on Sundays… Sandoval’s save was his first since Aug. 25, 2013 with Double-A Montgomery.