Early Runs Hold up in Bulls' 5-1 Win
DURHAM, N.C. - The Durham Bulls put up four early runs and never looked back Tuesday night, as the team's four-run second was more than enough for starting pitcher Brent Honeywell and the Durham bullpen in a 5-1 win over the visiting Indianapolis Indians at the DBAP.
The Bulls took advantage of a pair of questionable defensive decisions by the Indians in the second, as they needed only two hits to drive in four runs and take a lead they would never relinquish. The early four-run cushion proved to be plenty of support for the Durham pitching staff, as Honeywell, Chih-Wei Hu, Diego Castillo, and Ryne Stanek combined to hold Indianapolis to one run on four hits.
The decisive second frame began with a leadoff single to right by new Bull Taylor Featherston. Casey Gillaspie followed with a ground ball that Indians second baseman Erich Weiss tried to turn and get Featherston out at second, but his throw was too late resulting in a fielder's choice with both runners being safe. Following a wild pitch to move runners to second and third, Mike Marjama hit a groundball to third baseman Eric Wood who threw home to try to cut down Featherston. Wood's throw was also too late however, resulting in another fielder's choice and an RBI for Marjama. Jake Hager broke the game open from there with a two-RBI triple to right, before Johnny Field drove in a run on a groundout to put Durham ahead 4-0.
The Bulls made it a 5-0 lead in the sixth on an RBI sacrifice fly Marjama, before Indianapolis put up their only run of the night on a bases loaded, RBI walk from Chris Bostick in the seventh for the 5-1 final score.
Hager led the Bulls' bats with a 1-3 game including a triple and two RBI, while Marjama finished 0-2 but still drove in a pair of runs on a fielder's choice groundout and a sacrifice fly.
Honeywell (9-7) earned the win with his second straight scoreless outing, as the right-hander went five shutout innings on three hits, two walks, and five strikeouts. Indy starter Drew Hutchison (5-5) took the loss after giving up five runs on six hits and four strikeouts during his six innings on the mound.
The Bulls (58-37) and Indians (53-42) will play the rubber match of their three-game series Wednesday night, with RHP Yonny Chirinos (9-3, 2.99) taking on RHP Nick Kingham (3-5, 4.23) at 7:05 pm.
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