Posted: Monday, August 25th 2014 at 11:24pm
Durham defeats Gwinnett, 4-2
By staff reports
DURHAM, N.C. –- The Durham Bulls broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the bottom of the sixth and beat the Gwinnett Braves 4-2 Monday night in the finale of the four game series at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
With the win, the Bulls clinched the International League South Division title for the seventh time in the last eight years.
After two scoreless innings, the Bulls got on the board first with two runs in the bottom of the third off of Gwinnett starter Terry Doyle. Ali Solis led off with a single to center and was forced out a second on a ground ball hit by Hak-Ju Lee. A single to center by Justin Christian moved Lee to second, but Gwinnett centerfielder Todd Cunningham misplayed the ball allowing Lee to go to third, and Christian to second. Mike Fontenot grounded out to short, scoring Lee and Cole Figueroa singled to right, scoring Christian for a 2-0 lead.
In the top of the fourth, the G-Braves scored their first run. Christian Bethancourt, just off the disabled list, singled to left and scored from first on a two-out double to left-center by Sean Kazmar, cutting the Durham lead to 2-1.
Gwinnett tied the game in the top of the sixth as Durham starting pitcher Matt Andriese hit Cunningham with a pitch to start the frame. Cunningham moved to third on a pickoff attempt error by Andriese and scored on a passed ball, tying the game at 2-2.
But the game slipped away from Gwinnett in the bottom of the sixth as Fontenot led off with a double to left-center and moved to third on a single by Figueroa. Mikie Mahtook hit into a 4-6-3 double play, scoring Fontenot for a 3-2 lead.
The Bulls added the final run of the game in the bottom of the eight as Fontenot led off with a single to left off of Doyle. The G-Braves opted for Chasen Shreve from the bullpen and he gave up a single to Figueroa, moving Fontenot to third. James Hoyt was brought in to pitch and he gave up a single to Mahtook, scoring Fontenot and concluding the scoring for the night.
Doyle (L, 3-4) worked 7.2 solid innings for the G-Braves. He allowed seven hits, four runs (three earned) and struck out seven.
Andriese pitched 5.2 innings for Durham with five hits, two runs (one earned), three walks and four strikeouts. Steve Geltz (W, 3-3) worked 2.1 scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Josh Lueke (S, 11) went 1.0 inning with one strikeout for the save.
At the plate for Gwinnett, Kazmar was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Jose Constanza was 2-for-4 and Brandon Boggs saw his nine game hitting streak come to an end with an 0-for-3 night.
Durham was paced by Figueroa and Fontenot. Each went 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Fontenot also scored twice.
The G-Braves and Bulls now head to Coolray Field to begin a two game series. Tuesday night’s game one will have RHP Zach Stewart (6-4, 4.94) on the mound for Gwinnett. The Bulls will start RHP Nathan Karns (9-7, 4.56). First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. Tony Schiavone has the radio call beginning at 6:20 p.m. on wdun.com, gwinnettbraves.com, Tune-In Radio and MiLB First Pitch.
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