Bulls

Durham strands winning run in 9th, loses 4-3

Posted August 26, 2013

— The IL South Champion Durham Bulls dropped the opening game of a short two-game series with Charlotte on Monday, falling 4-3 to the Knights in their next to last regular season home game of the year.

For the second straight night, the Bulls led off the game with a single, and then saw their bats go into a deep freeze. After being held to five hits against Norfolk on Sunday, the Bulls were limited to six scattered hits on Monday.

Charlotte wasted no time in getting to Durham starter Merrill Kelly (L, 8-4, 3.10). Kelly gave up a double and RBI single on the first two batters of the game.

After a pair of doubles in the second gave Charlotte a 2-0 lead, the Bulls rallied in the fourth. Two walks and a Vince Belnome single loaded the bases with no outs. Unlike Sunday, when Durham couldn’t score in a similar situation, the Bulls cashed in this time.

Ryan Roberts broke an 0-for-26 slump with his first hit since July 28, a bases-clearing double to center field to put the Bulls up, 3-2.

The lead was short-lived, however. Tim Beckham’s two-out error allowed Brent Morel to reach in the fifth. Morel then scored an unearned run on Travis Ishikawa’s double to give the Knights the lead.

The Bulls left a runner on third in the eighth and then stranded tying and winning runs in the ninth. Charlotte’s Charlie Leesman (W, 4-3, 3.87) went six innings for the win. Deunte Heath pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

The Bulls and Knights complete the two-game series on Tuesday, in the Bulls’ final regular season game at the DBAP. RHP Matt Buschmann (7-1, 2.83) starts for the Bulls against RHP Nick McCully (2-3, 6.32).

1 Comment

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • Tunaboy Aug 27, 7:44 a.m.

    that's 2 consecutive one run losses - why hasn't Leslie Anderson played in these games? His bat has been sorely missed?

  • PGA: RBC Heritage

    Today at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: RBC Heritage

    Tomorrow at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: Zurich Classic of New Orleans

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • MLB: Atlanta Braves at NY Mets

    Tonight at 7:05 on 99.9 The Fan

  • MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox

    Tomorrow at 7:05 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 0
DUR 3
 
7:05pm Tonight
NOR
DUR
 
Final
CHC 1
CIN 4
Final
PIT 3
MIL 5
Final
WAS 3
STL 1
Final
CLE 2
TOR 3
Final
DET 6
ANA 11
Final
NYM 0
ATL 6
Final
BOS 4
BAL 8
Final
TAM 11
NYY 5
Final
MIA 8
SEA 4
Final
TEX 12
CWS 0
Final
KAN 5
MIN 0
Final
COL 12
PHI 1
Final
OAK 11
HOU 3
Final
LOS 2
ARI 4
Final
SDP 2
SFG 1
1:05pm Today
WAS
STL
1:05pm Today
CLE
TOR
1:08pm Today
DET
ANA
1:35pm Today
BOS
BAL
2:10pm Today
KAN
MIN
2:20pm Today
CHC
CIN
4:05pm Today
OAK
HOU
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
ATL
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
SEA
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
CWS
8:10pm Tonight
LOS
ARI
8:10pm Tonight
COL
PHI
8:40pm Tonight
SDP
SFG
12:30pm Today
TOR
BRK
3:30pm Today
LAC
GSW
7:00pm Tonight
IND
ATL
9:30pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
Final
TAM 1
MON 4
Final
BOS 0
DET 1
Final
ANA 3
DAL 2
3:00pm Today
STL
CHI
7:00pm Tonight
PIT
CLB
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
Final
NOR 0
DUR 3
 
7:05pm Tonight
NOR
DUR