Triple-A: Durham Bulls (Rays) 2, Norfolk Tides 1
Tides starter Kyle Bradish continued his recent run of success against the Bulls, pitching five innings of one-run ball. Along the way, he allowed four hits and one walk while striking out six batters. Bradish will end the year with a 4.26 ERA at Triple-A, and a 3.68 ERA overall (including a 0.00 ERA in 13.2 Double-A innings).
The only damage off Bradish came in the third inning. The righty allowed a leadoff double before retiring the next two Durham batters in a row. One out away from escape, Bradish surrendered a line-drive single to center that gave the Bulls a 1-0 lead.
David Lebron pitched the next three innings and didn’t allow a hit. He had one walk versus three strikeouts.
The Tides tied the game at one in the bottom of the sixth. Leadoff hitter Adley Rutschman was safe on a throwing error and advanced to second on the play. Rylan Bannon singled with one out to move Rutschman to third, and Zach Jarrett drove him home with a single to center. The inning ended on a double-play ground ball off the bat of Patrick Dorrian.
Felix Bautista pitched a scoreless ninth for the Tides by retiring the Bulls in order. But he gave up what proved to be the game-winning run in the top of the 10th. With a runner on second to start the inning, the Bulls’ first batter singled on a popup to Mason McCoy, putting runners on the corners. The next batter grounded into a double play, but the runner from third scored. 2-1, Bulls.
As the home team, Norfolk had one last chance on offense. But the bottom third of the batting order went down quietly to seal a 2-1 loss.
The box score from yesterday’s game can be found here.
Saturday’s scheduled game
- Norfolk vs Durham, 7:05 ET. Starter: Dean Kremer (1-5, 5.09 ERA)