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Bulls offense explosive in opener

Posted April 5, 2013
Updated April 6, 2013

— Chris Archer pitched five innings of one-run ball, while Wil Myers and Brandon Guyer each drove in two runs as the Durham Bulls won their 2013 International League opener 11-2 over the Norfolk Tides on Friday night.

The Bulls (1-0), who saw their scheduled season-opener washed out on Thursday night, spotted the Tides (0-1) a 1-0 lead in the first, but then ripped off 11 unanswered runs to blow the game open. Vince Bellnome's sacrifice fly in the second inning tied the game, then an error opened the door to two more runs to give the Bulls a lead they would never relinquish. Rich Thompson capped the frame with a head-first dive into first base to beat out a two-out bunt to bring Tim Beckham home for a 3-1 lead.

That was essentially all Archer needed during his debut. After Archer surrendered an RBI-double to former Bull Russ Canzler in the first, he one-hit the Tides over his final four innings. Archer would depart after 82 pitches, fanning five and walking just one. Kirby Yates struck out three in his Triple-A debut, allowing just a solo homer, while Will Inman worked the final 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Meanwhile, the Bulls tacked on three more runs in the fifth, highlighted by Myers' first Rays organizational hit, a scalding double to right-center to score Guyer. Chris Giminez then stroked an opposite-field single to score Myers, then scored on a triple to center by Mike Fontenot to boost the lead to 6-1.

Myers chipped in his second RBI of the game in the seventh on a vicious sacrifice fly line drive to left field.

Five different Bulls had two hits in the game, with Hak-Ju Lee, Guyer and Gimenez each scoring twice.

The series continues on Saturday at 6:05 PM ET with a doubleheader between the Bulls and Tides. Alex Colome will start the opener for the Bulls against Norfolk's Jair Jurrjens.

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