Bulls game suspended (rain) after 3.5 innings; to be resumed in Aug.

Jul. 25, 2014 @ 10:26 PM

Heavy downpours and lightning forced the suspension of the Durham Bulls game Thursday night with the Rochester Red Wings leading 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning at Durham Bulls Athletic Park

The game was officially suspended after a 50-minute rain delay that began shortly after 8 p.m. It will be made up in Rochester sometime during a four-game series Aug. 11-14 since the Red Wings do not return to the DBAP this season.

The Bulls open a four-game homestand tonight (7:05 p.m., WDNC 620-AM) against the Toledo Mud Hens. Lefty all-star Mike Montgomery (9-2, 3.63) gets the call on the mound against Mud Hens’ lefty Robbie Ray (5-4, 3.65).

The series against the Mud Hens continues at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, 5:05 p.m. Sunday and 7:05 p.m. Monday.

On Thursday night, the Red Wings got some two-out lightning in the top of the third to go with the driving rain to edge into a 1-0 lead.

After a double play that evoked cheers from soggy Bulls fans, third baseman Doug Bernier doubled to center and moved up to third on a wild pitch to James Beresford. The Rochester second baseman then slapped an RBI single to center field, his second single in two at-bats, driving Bernier across the plate.

Play was stopped with the Bulls coming to bat in the bottom of the fourth and sheets of rain sweeping across the field. Up to that point the Red Wings had five hits against Durham starter Alex Colome.

Durham was hitless against starter Trevor May, who walked two batters.