Charlotte pounded out nine runs on 10 hits, Deunte Heath was sharp over five scoreless innings and and the homestanding Knights beat the Durham Bulls 9-1 Wednesday in front of 9,574 fans who made it to BB&T Ballpark for the 11:05 a.m. game.
MIKE FONTENOT, JUSTIN CHRISTIAN WIELD THE BIG BATS IN 8-4 WIN
Merrill Kelly (4-0, 1.50) allowed seven hits and a run while striking out seven over seven innings and a rode a 12-hit attack to an 8-4 win at Charlotte’s new BB&T Ballpark Tuesday night.
Mike Fontenot (3-4, 2 doubles) and Justin Christian (2-4, home run) each drove in three runs for the Bulls (15-5), who have the best record in the International League.
The Bulls managed only a two-out single through the first two innings off Charlotte starter Dylan Axelrod, but used a hit batter and a pair of extra base hits to grab a 3-0 lead in the top of the third.
Axelrod hit No. 9 hitter Eddie Rodriguez with one out, Kevin Kiermaier followed with a double and Justin Christian tacked on a three-run home run moments later.
Christian extended his personal hitting streak to 10 games with that blast.
The Durham Bulls needed extra innings to hold back the Norfolk Tides.
Durham loses for first time away from DBAP
A walk and two stolen bases by Kevin Kiermaier in the top of the 11th inning set the stage for a two-out infield RBI single by Mikie Mahtook as the visiting Durham Bulls downed the Norfolk Tides 2-1.
Nathan Karns threw seven innings of two-hit shutout ball to give his beleaguered bullpen a rest and the Durham Bulls beat the Norfolk Tides 3-0 here Friday.
The Durham Bulls won their eighth game in nine tries, defeating the Norfolk Tides 3-2 Thursday night behind RHP Merrill Kelly.
A seven-game win streak can drain a team. Or at least in the case of the Durham Bulls, their streak, five of which came on the road, has drained their pitching staff as they fell 9-6 to the lowly Norfolk Tides Wednesday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. With the scored tied at six in the top of the eighth, the Bulls put in backup catcher Mayo Acosta to face the top of the Tides lineup. Acosta had never pitched at any level in the minor leagues.
Jerry Sands drove in four runs with a pair of home runs and four RBI to back a strong start from winning lefthander Enny Romero (2-1) as the Durham Bulls completed a perfect five-game road trip Tuesday night with their seventh straight win, 9-2 over the Charlotte Knights.
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 Durham Bulls took advantage of a quality start from Merrill Kelly and six walks issued by Gwinnett pitching to grab and early 4-0 lead and hang on through some shaky moments late for a 4-3 win.
Mike Montgomery and three relievers combined on a five-hitter and leftfielder Justin Christian drove in a pair of runs as the Durham Bulls opened their first road trip of the season with a 5-1 win over the Gwinnett Braves here Friday night.
The Durham Bulls wrapped up their eight-game homestand Thursday with a 5-4 win over the Charlotte Knights at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Bulls erupted for five runs in the first four innings, then hung on as the pitching staff rang up 16 strikeouts.
Three Durham Bulls pitchers combined on a three-hitter, as the home side crushed the Charlotte Knights 8-1 at the DBAP on Wednesday night.
The Charlotte Knights took an 8-2 decision over the Durham Bulls Tuesday night at the DBAP, evening the four-game series at one game apiece as the home side managed just four hits.