Durham completes sweep of Gwinnett, 3-1

Apr. 13, 2014 @ 11:11 PM

Nate Karns fanned seven over five innings in leading the Durham Bulls their fifth straight victory, a 3-1 win over the Gwinnett Braves Sunday at Coolray Field.

The Bulls (8-3), who swept the three-game set with the Braves (4-6), took a 2-0 lead in the second against Gavin Floyd. Mike Fontenot and Ali Solis singled to start the inning, and following a sacrifice, Ray Olmedo was robbed of a two-run single by shortstop Tyler Greene. But Olmedo’s grounder brought home the first run as Durham took a 1-0 lead. A passed ball scored Solis from third to establish the two run advantage.

The lead grew to 3-0 in the fifth on a bases loaded single to right by Robby Price.

Meanwhile, Nathan Karns (1-1) earned his first Triple-A win, working five innings, fanning seven hitters and walking just two. Karns lost the shutout in the fifth on a homer to left from Tyler Greene. Karns retired nine straight prior to Greene’s home run, fanning five batters in that stretch.

Adam Liberatore and Steve Geltz combined to throw three scoreless innings, with C.J. Riefenhauser working the ninth to record his first career Triple-A save.

Solis paced a 12-hit attack by the Bulls, going 3 for 5 and throwing out two potential basestealers. The Bulls stranded 16 in the game, including the bases loaded three times.

The Bulls maintain their two-game lead in the South heading to BB&T Ballpark on Monday against second place Charlotte. Enny Romero (1-1, 3.72) starts the opener against Andre Rienzo (0-1, 3.00) at 7:05 p.m.

NOTE – Veteran starter Erik Bedard had his contract selected by Tampa Bay on Sunday. Outfielder Kevin Kiermaier was optioned from Tampa Bay to Durham.

Durham Bulls (8-3) 3, Gwinnett Braves (4-6) 1

April 13, 2014

|1 |2 |3 |4 |5 |6 |7 |8 |9 |R |H |E

Durham       |0 |2 |0 |0 |1 |0 |0 |0 |0 |3 |12 |0

Gwinnett       |0 |0 |0 |0 |1 |0 |0 |0 |0 |1 |5 |1

Durham |AB |R |H |RBI |BB |SO |AVG

Olmedo, LF-3B |6 |0 |1 |1 |0 |1 |.273

Figueroa, C, SS |4 |0 |1 |0 |1 |0 |.360

Christian, RF-LF |2 |0 |1 |0 |2 |0 |.300

Betemit, DH |4 |0 |0 |0 |1 |1 |.242

Belnome, 1B |4 |1 |1 |0 |1 |2 |.121

Mahtook, CF |4 |0 |2 |0 |1 |1 |.275

Fontenot, 2B |5 |1 |2 |0 |0 |1 |.250

Solis, C |5 |1 |3 |0 |0 |0 |.269

Price, 3B |3 |0 |1 |1 |0 |0 |.389

Sands, RF |0 |0 |0 |0 |1 |0 |.324

Totals |37 |3 |12 |2 |7 |6 |23 |.266

RBI: Olmedo (3), Price (3). SAC: Price. GIDP: Olmedo. Team RISP: 3-for-12. Team LOB: 16. SB: Christian (2, 3rd base off Floyd/Lerud). DP: (Solis-Figueroa, C).

Gwinnett |AB |R |H |RBI |BB |SO | AVG

Constanza, LF |4 |0 |0 |0 |0 |1 |.216

Terdoslavich, RF |4 |0 |0 |0 |0 |2 |.229

La Stella, 2B |4 |0 |1 |0 |0 |0 |.280

Mejia, E, DH |3 |0 |2 |0 |1 |0 |.297

1-Kazmar, PR-DH |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |.167

Hamilton, M, 1B |4 |0 |0 |0 |0 |2 |.286

Salcedo, 3B |3 |0 |1 |0 |1 |2 |.222

Mitchell, CF |3 |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |.167

Lerud, C |2 |0 |0 |0 |1 |2 |.083

Greene, SS |3 |1 |1 |1 |0 |1 |.160

Totals |30 |1 |5 |1 |3 |10 |8 |.237

2B: Mejia, E (2, Liberatore). HR: Greene (1, 5th inning off Karns, 0 on, 2 out). RBI: Greene (4). Team RISP: 0-for-2. Team LOB: 5. CS: Salcedo 2 (2, 2nd base by Karns/Solis, 2nd base by Liberatore/Solis). E: Lamm (1, pickoff). PB: Lerud (1). DP: (La Stella-Greene-Hamilton, M).

Durham |IP |H |R |ER |BB |SO |HR |ERA

Karns (W, 1-1) |5.0 |3 |1 |1 |2 |7 |1 |8.76

Liberatore (H, 2) |2.0 |2 |0 |0 |0 |1 |0 |3.18

Geltz (H, 2) |1.0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |1.80

Rfnhsr (S, 1) |1.0 |0 |0 |0 |1 |2 |0 |1.59

Totals |9.0 |5 |1 |1 |3 |10 |1 |3.18

Gwinnett |IP |H |R |ER |BB |SO |HR |ERA

Floyd (L, 0-1) |3.2 |3 |2 |1 |3 |3 |0 |4.00

Lamm  |2.1 |6 |1 |1 |1 |2 |0 |4.32

Vasquez  |1.0 |1 |0 |0 |1 |0 |0 |8.44

Beato  |1.0 |0 |0 |0 |1 |0 |0 |0.00

Jaime  |1.0 |2 |0 |0 |1 |1 |0 |0.00

Totals |9.0 |12 |3 |2 |7 |6 |0 |4.76

HBP: Christian (by Floyd). T: 3:17. Att: 4,572.