Hard-throwing Ryne Stanek’s fastballs approached triple-digits as usual Tuesday night but that didn’t make closing out a Durham Bulls win an easy experience.
Stanek walked three Norfolk batters in the ninth inning before getting Mike Yastrzemski to fly out with the bases loaded to end a Bulls 3-2 International League win at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Stanek’s tightrope effort completed hitless work from Durham’s bullpen. Chih-Wei Hu and Adam Kolarek each pitched one inning without allowing a hit or a run. They, too, had control issues has Hu walked two and Kolarek one.
Durham starter Ryan Yarbrough (6-4) went six innings, allowing two runs and five hits to get the win. He also struck out eight and walked one.
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“His mix of pitches was outstanding,” Bulls manager Jared Sandberg said.
Chris Lee (3-4) went 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and seven hits for Norfolk. He also struck out two and walked three.
Up 1-0 in the fifth, Durham extended its lead when designated hitter Wilson Ramos, down from Tampa Bay on an injury rehabilitation assignment, hit a two-run double.
Norfolk answered in the sixth inning, scoring two runs off Yarbrough to cut the deficit to one on an RBI triple by Johnny Giavotella and an RBI single by Chris Dickerson.
Durham’s bullpen held things from there, although with some shaky moments.