• Durham knocks off Tribe 6-1

    May 02, 2011 No comments

    Durham starting pitcher Alex Torres allowed just an earned run on four hits over 5.2 innings, before right handed relievers Chris Bootcheck, Ryan Reid and Rob Delaney combined to hold Indianapolis hitless in their 3.1 innings of relief as the Bulls triumphed over the Tribe 6-1 on Sunday afternoon at Victory Field.

    Torres earned the victory to improve his record to 2-2 after striking out four and surrendering just one run on four hits, while the Bulls’ bullpen trio of Bootcheck, Reid and Delaney combined to strikeout three over 3.1 innings of relief to lead the Bulls to victory.

    For the fourth straight contest, the Indians allowed their opponent to score in the first inning when the Bulls struck for three runs in the opening frame. LF Desmond Jennings led off with an infield single, moved to second on CF Justin Ruggiano’s walk and came plateward when DH Chris Carter singled up the middle. 1B Russ Canzler then immediately followed with a double to left to bring home Ruggiano before 3B J.J. Furmaniak’s base hit sent in Canzler.

    The Tribe would get a run back in the third inning when SS Chase d’Arnaud singled to left to bring home 3B Andy Marte to lower the margin to 3-1. Marte led off the frame with a single and advanced to second on LF Corey Wimberly’s infield single with two outs before coming home.

    Indianapolis squandered their biggest opportunity to put more runs on the board in the very next inning, when the Indians loaded the bases with one out in the fourth. The Tribe however was unable to get a run across from their next two batters and saw their threat fall short.

    Durham would later add a trio of additional insurance runs in the seventh thanks in part to an RBI double down the left field line by Ruggiano that scored 2B Omar Luna, who led off the inning with a walk. RF Brandon Guyer then extended his hit streak to seven games with an RBI single to score Ruggiano, before Carter collected an RBI double of his own down the right field line to extend the Bulls’ advantage to 6-1.

    Indians LHP Justin Wilson responded well after giving up three earned runs in the first inning by allowing only three hits the rest of the way, but still suffered the loss to fall to 2-2 on the season. Tribe RHP Cesar Valdez made his seventh straight scoreless outing out of the bullpen, firing two hitless frames and surrendering only one walk.

    The Indians and Bulls continue their four-game series tonight at 7:05 p.m. RHP Brad Lincoln is scheduled to get the ball for the Indians, while RHP Brian Baker is expected to get the nod for Durham.

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