Jul 27, 2012
Lawrenceville, Ga. — A four-run, two-out sixth inning broke open a tight game as the Gwinnett Braves dumped the Durham Bulls 8-1 at Coolray Field on Thursday night.
Cesar Ramos (L, 3-3) worked five innings in his first minor league start since September 1, 2012, allowing just two runs, including a solo homer by Terry Tiffee. Ramos used 64 pitches to keep the Bulls (50-57) in the game, where the Bulls had a paucity of available relievers.
Henry Wrigley gave the Bulls a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth with a home run just beyond the leap of left fielder Stefan Gartrell.
However, trailing 2-1 in the sixth, reliever Bryan Augenstein intentionally walked Ruben Gotay to put runners at first and second with two outs, then walked JC Boscan to load the bases. Luis Durango then knocked an 0-2 pitch to centerfield to score two runs, followed by a two-run double by Jack Wilson to push the lead to 6-1.
Evan Longoria finished his first game of his second major league rehab stint 0-3 with a walk.
Craig Albernaz worked the last two innings to save the Durham bullpen, permitting two runs in the seventh and throwing a scoreless eighth.
The Bulls mustered seven hits, with Chris Gimenez going 2-4 to lead the way.
The defeat snapped Durham's four-game winning streak. Jim Paduch (5-8) starts for the Bulls in the series finale on Friday night against Yohan Flande at 7:05 PM ET.