Bulls power by Gwinnett, 10-2
Posted September 3
Lawrenceville, Ga. — The Durham Bulls clubbed four homers to beat the Gwinnett Braves 10-2 on Sunday at Coolray Field.
Johnny Field homered twice, driving in four, while Justin O'Conner and Daniel Robertson each swatted solo shots as the Bulls (86-55) won their 86th game on the penultimate day of the regular season.
The two homer game was Field's fourth of his career, and first since June 14, 2015 at Double-A.
Brent Honeywell (W, 12-8) wokred 5 1/3 scoreless innings to win his 12th game. Chris Pike (S, 1), called up from Low A Bowling Green, notched a 3 2/3 inning save.
Durham scored twice in the first inning on RBI doubles by Willy Adames and Patrick Leonard. The Bulls pushed across a run in the second when Mallex Smith walked, then proceeded to steal second, advance to third on a throwing error by the catcher. As the ball was retrieved by Xavier Avery in center, Smith scored when Avery's throw to third sailed over Sean Kazmar's head.
Field homered in the third, then O'Conner and Robertson each homered in the fourth against starter Josh Collmenter (L, 1-1).
Robertson finished with four hits, one shy of a career high.
Field drilled a three-run shot in the ninth against infielder Kyle Kubitza, who was forced in to pitch when reliever Evan Phillips and Braves manager Damon Berryhill were ejected.
The Bulls close out the regular season Monday afternoon at 1:05 PM ET with Hunter Adkins (0-0, 13.50) slated to oppose Manny Barreda (2-1, 2.23).