Hu hushes Knights in 6-2 Bulls win
Posted April 12
Durham, N.C. — The Durham Bulls received a quality start from RHP Chih-Wei Hu and a pair of 3-RBI performances by Patrick Leonard and Mike Marjama Wednesday night, as the Bulls cruised to their third straight win with a 6-2 victory over the visiting Charlotte Knights at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Hu became the first Bulls starting pitcher this season to record a quality start, as the Taiwan native shut down the Knights over six innings with two runs allowed, one earned, on five hits, one walk, and five strikeouts. The solid pitching was supported by a pair of three run innings, with Durham plating a trio of tallies in both the third and fourth innings.
The Bulls have now won three straight games against the South Division rival Knights, taking them from one game back in the division to two games ahead.
Charlotte struck first on the night, when Tyler Ladendorf singled, stole second base, and eventually scored on an RBI single by Jose Vinicio to give the Knights a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. Durham quickly responded in the bottom of the frame however, when Leonard lined a bases loaded, 3-RBI double to right to put the Bulls ahead 3-1.
The Knights cut the score to 3-2 with an unearned run in the top of the fourth. Once again Durham had an answer however, this time in the form of a 3-run home run to center field off the bat of Marjama to give the Bulls the 6-2 lead they would go on to win by.
Leonard ended the night 3-4 with two doubles and three RBI, giving the third baseman the International League lead with 10 RBI through seven games this season. Marjama finished 1-3 with his second home run in as many nights.
Hu (1-0) earned the win for Durham thanks to his standout performance, while relievers Jeff Ames and Andrew Kittredge combined to shutout the Knights over the final three frames. Charlotte starter Carson Fulmer (1-1) took the loss after giving up six runs, five earned, on eight hits, one walk, and three strikeouts over five innings on the mound.
The Bulls (6-1) will go for the four-game sweep of the Knights (4-3) in the series finale Thursday night, with RHP Taylor Guerrieri (1-0, 4.76) taking on RHP Lucas Giolito (0-0, 8.31) at 7:05 pm.