Bulls Win a Thriller in Richmond, 3-2
Catcher Michel Hernandez hit a two-out, two-run single in the top of the seventh inning scoring Justin Ruggiano and Chris Richard with the go-ahead runs as the Bulls came from behind to beat the Richmond Braves, 3-2 on Thursday night at the Diamond in Richmond. Durham now holds a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.
Durham was no-hit through the first six innings of the game by Braves LHP Francisley Bueno, but he didn’t start the seventh inning because he had already thrown 99 pitches. RHP Buddy Hernandez started the seventh inning and immediately beaned Jason Pridie. Pridie stole second, then advanced to third on Ruggiano’s single, the Bulls first hit of the game. Richard followed with a double scoring Pridie and giving the Bulls runners at second and third with nobody out. Zach Schreiber replaced Hernandez and managed to get Evan Longoria and Butler out, but Hernandez delivered with the go-ahead single.
RHP Jae Seo (1-0) pitched seven innings allowing only two runs on six hits and no walks. Jeff Ridgway got the first out in the eighth inning, then Shawn Camp recorded the final five outs for his second save of the post-season.
The Bulls and Braves will face each other in Game Four of the Governors’ Cup Finals on Friday night at 7:00 PM at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Catch all of the action with Neil Solondz on 620-AM The Bull.
Thanks to DBBC’s Matt DeMargel for this capcom story & photo.