DURHAM, NC-The Durham Bulls (44-37) defeated the Memphis Redbirds (44-37) 8-7 in ten innings on Thursday evening in game three of the six-game set at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Durham jumped on the board first as 3B Curtis Mead went yard on a two-run shot in the fourth. Memphis would get on the board in the seventh as RF Moises Gomez bashed a two-run homer and 1B Luken Baker ignited a solo shot to give Memphis a 3-2 lead. It wouldn’t take long for the Bulls to even the score as RF Reuben Cardenas took his turn rounding the bases on a solo shot.
The Redbirds would again go yard in the eighth as CF Scott Hurst connected on the team’s third two-run homer of the night to give Memphis a 5-3 lead. Durham got their chance to respond in the bottom half as David Rodriguez, Luke Raley and SS Xavier Edwards all crossed home plate off of bases loaded walks in consecutive at bats to put the Bulls up 6-5.The Redbirds would not go away as C Pedro Pages led off the ninth with a solo homer to knot the game at six and force extra innings.
Ben DeLuzio used a sacrifice fly to strike first in extras. In the bottom half of the tenth, Mead led off with an RBI double to tie the game at seven. In the following at-bat, C Ford Proctor tattooed an RBI single, securing the walk-off win and the Bulls’ first extra-inning win of the season.
Bulls pitcher Tommy Romero pitched six scoreless innings, allowing only two hits while ringing up three strikeouts. Durham relief pitcher Chris Muller picked up the win after one inning of work, while Memphis pitcher Garrett Black picked up the loss.
The Bulls are set to return to the DBAP for game four against the Memphis Redbirds on Friday night. RHP Kevin Herget is expected to toe the rubber for Durham and be opposed by RHP Angel Rondon for the Redbirds. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35pm.
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