DURHAM, NC -The Durham Bulls and Toledo Mud Hens were stuck in a 3-3 tie entering the 11th inning Sunday evening, before Bulls' third baseman Patrick Leonard emerged as the hero with a game-winning, RBI double for a 4-3 walk-off win at Durham Bulls Athletic Park
A Mother's Day crowd of 7,792 fans witnessed the Bulls first walk-off win of season, which also gave the home team the series win over the Mud Hens. The rally started with an infield single by Jake Bauers , as he won a race to the first base bag to put the winning runner on. Leonard followed with a double down the right field line that saw Bauers sprint around the bases and beat the relay throw home to end the game.
The double was the third two-base hit of the game for Leonard, who finished 3-5 with three doubles and two RBI. Bauers also had a big game, going 3-5 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored.
Prior to the extra-inning drama the Bulls jumped out to a quick lead with a run in the bottom of the first, with a walk by Willy Adames and an RBI double from Leonard for a 1-0 lead. That score held all the way until the top of the fifth, when the Mud Hens were able to score an unearned run on a fielding error by Bulls' reliever Adam Kolarek to tie the game at 1-1.
Durham promptly retook the advantage in the bottom of the sixth, with a double from Adames and a two-run home run to deep left field by Bauers putting the Bulls back on top 3-1. Toledo chipped away at their deficit with an RBI single by Alex Presley in the seventh, before Jason Krizan crushed a game-tying, solo homer to left-center field that deadlock the contest at 3-3.
The score would remain stagnant through the end of regulation and into the 11th before Leonard sent everyone home happy with the game-winning double.
Reliever Ryan Garton (2-0) earned the win for the Bulls after tossing a scoreless top of the 11th, while Toledo pitcher Mike Zagurski (0-1) took the loss with one run allowed over 0.1 IP.
The Bulls (23-12) will now travel to Charlotte (18-17) for a three-game series, with RHP Jake Faria (4-0, 3.47) taking on RHP Chris Volstad (0-2, 6.55) at 7:05 pm.
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