Bulls overcome 4-run deficit, beat Indians 6-5 in 11 innings
Posted April 19
Indianapolis — Casey Gillaspie singled home the game-winning run in the top of the 11th to lead the Durham Bulls past the Indianapolis Indians 6-5 at Victory Field on Tuesday night.
The Bulls (8-4) snapped their three-game losing streak by ralling from four runs down in the seventh. Durham scored twice in the seventh on sacrifice flies by Jake Bauers and Willy Adames to trim the deficit to 5-3.
In the eighth, the Bulls were a whisp away from entering the ninth inning trailing. However, with two outs and the bases empty, Doyvdas Neverauskas fumbled a tapper by Mike Marjama for an error. Cade Gotta proceeded to triple off the top of the left field wall to score Marjama, but Gotta scored on the back-end of the play when the Indians' relay to third base went into the Indianapolis dugout to tie the game 5-5.
In the 11th, Jake Hager looped in a single, followed by a one-hop hit to right from Jake Bauers, moving Hager to third. After a lineout, Gillaspie followed with a popfly single into right-center to put Durham ahead 6-5.
Ryan Garton (W, 1-0) worked two scoreless innings with three strikeouts to earn the victory.
Chih-Wei Hu went five-plus innings, allowing eight hits and five earned runs, but took a no-decision.
Gotta finished a home run shy of the cycle, and yanked a line drive just foul past the left field pole in the 10th inning.
The Bulls moved back into sole possession of the South Division lead by a game over Gwinnett.
The middle game of the series will take place at 1:35 PM ET on Wednesday with Brent Honeywell making his Triple-A debut against Tyler Eppler (1-0, 0.00).