Chirinos tosses complete game shutout in Bulls' 5-0 win
Posted May 13
Durham, N.C. — Durham Bulls starting pitcher Yonny Chirinos took it upon himself to halt the team’s four-game losing streak Saturday night, as the 23-year-old threw his first career complete game shutout to carry the Bulls to a 5-0 win over the Toledo Mud Hens at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Chirinos needed only 98 pitches to record all 27 outs, allowing just three hits while also tying his career-high with nine strikeouts. The Venezuela native seemed to get stronger as the game went on as well, as he retired the final seven batters he faced while also recording five of his nine Ks over the last four frames.
The Bulls’ bats also gave Chirinos more than enough support, with the Durham lineup putting up five runs on nine hits. Neither team was able to get on the scoreboard over the first three innings before Mike Marjama was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth to drive home Patrick Leonard and give Durham a 1-0 lead.
The advantage grew to 2-0 in the bottom of the sixth, with a two-out, RBI single to left by Kean Wong putting the Bulls up by two. The home team then put the game away in the seventh, scoring three runs on four hits and two walks for a 5-0 lead. Leonard provided the biggest blast of the frame with a two-run home run over the Blue Monster in deep left-center field, while Marjama also picked up his second RBI with a single to left.
Leonard led the Bulls’ bats, going 1-3 with a homer, two RBI, and two runs scored, while Marjama finished 1-3 with two RBI.
Chirinos (3-0) picked up the well-deserved win for his career-performance, while Toledo starter Drew VerHagen (2-2) took the loss after allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits, five walks, and three strikeouts over 5.2 innings pitched.
The Bulls (22-12) and Mud Hens (17-16) will play the rubber match of their three game series on Sunday, with RHP Neil Wagner (0-0, 1.96) taking on LHP Anthony Vasquez (1-0, 4.50) at 5:05 pm.