Rain interupted the Durham Bulls' 6-4 over the Toledo Mud Hens on Saturday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Durham starting pitcher Hunter Wood improved to 3-1 with victory as the Bulls took their second straight over Toledo. The teams will wrap up their series today (5:05, WDNC-AM 620) before heading into the All-Star Game break.
“It was one of those days when you had to battle through every pitch and I got through five (innings),” Wood said. “I did my part and handed it over to the bullpen and they did their part and we got the W. I was happy that I was able to go back out after the delay (in the fourth inning). ”
Bulls manager Jared Sandberg was not with the team because he is coaching in the Futures Games on Sunday as part of the Major League All-Star Game festivities in Miami. Hitting coach Ozzie Timmons assumed the managerial duties for the Bulls, who continued their stampede through the first half by improving to 55-33 and maintaining their double-digit game lead over Gwinnett in the South Division.
“Weather always plays a factor in it during this time of year,” Timmons said. “You just have to grind through it. Woody (Hunter Wood) came out and did a good job, considering what was going oin with the weather. He got through the delay with no problem and then the bullpen came through, too. He pitched well.”
The start of the game was delayed 58 minutes because of a passing rain shower and then in the fourth inning another rain delay of 24 minutes occurred.
The Bulls scored all six of their runs in the second inning as they sent 10 batters to the plate.
After Patrick Leonard reached on a error by Toledo third baseman Michael Almanzar, Bulls teammate Casey Gillaspie pulled a home run deep over the left field fence for a 2-0 lead. The next three batters then reached, including two on walks before Johnny Field singled in another run.
“It was nice to get off to a good start and give Woody a little cushion,” Gillaspie said. “He did his thing and getting those six runs in that second inning was the deciding factor in the game.”
Toledo starting pitcher Myles Jaye nearly got out of the jam but gave up a two-RBI single to Jake Bauers that made it 6-0 to end Jaye's night.
Johnny Hicks got the Mud Hens on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth with a home run to center field. The ball richocheted off the metal railing but the umpires missed making the call. Hicks huffed his way around the bases and then had to dive for the plate to elude the tag by Durham catcher Curt Casali.
Jason Krizan then followed with a double before the tarp was pulled. When the game resumed, Tyler Collins singled in Krizan to make it 6-2.
Wood, who struck out four, walked two and allowd seven hits, finished out the fifth inning before giving way to Chih-Wei Hu ot start the sixth.
The Mud Hens added their final two runs in the top of the ninth when leadoff hitter Jacoby Jones hit a two-run home run over the left field wall off Bulls reliever Ryan Garton. Jones made amends for striking out in his four previous plate appearances in the game.