Bulls Mount Late Rally to Defeat Tides

Snyder, McCarthy Clutch as Bulls erase seven-run deficit

Brandon Snyder homered twice and drove in three runs in Durham's 12-9 victory Saturday night (BrianFlemingPhotography.com)

By Durham Bulls | September 1, 2018 10:22 PM

DURHAM, NC -Trailing by seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Durham Bulls scored nine unanswered runs to come back and defeat the Norfolk Tides 12-9 in front of 10,046 fans at the DBAP Saturday night.

 

Down 9-2 in the bottom of the sixth, the Bulls (78-59) erased the deficit powered by a two-run home run by Brandon Snyder and an RBI triple by Jason Coats to cut the Tides lead to 9-6 through six frames. In the seventh inning, Nate Lowe scored on a wild pitch to make it a two-run contest. Then in the eighth Micah Johnson hit a high chopping ground ball to left field to score Nick Ciuffo, and Andrew Velazquez drove in the tying run with a single to centerfield, knotting the game 9-9.

 

Later in the frame, Lowe drilled a two-run triple to put the home team in front 11-9. Joe McCarthy followed with an RBI double giving the Bulls a 12-9 cushion.

 

The Bulls opened the scoring in the bottom of the second with a solo home run by Snyder to give the home team a 1-0 lead. The lead was erased in the visitor's third with a two-run triple from DJ Stewart, propelling the Tides in front 2-1. Norfolk extended its lead to 6-1 in the fourth on four runs on five hits featuring a two-run shot by Jaycob Brugman, an RBI double by Anthony Santander, and run-scoring singles by Mike Yastrzemski and Stewart.

 

The home side cut into the lead with a leadoff solo home run by Joe McCarthy in the fourth inning, his eighth of the season, cutting the deficit to 6-2.

 

Norfolk (68-70) responded in the top of the fifth inning adding two more runs with a leadoff home run by Santander and an RBI-single by Adrian Marin extending their lead to 8-2. Norfolk stretched across one more run in the top of the sixth on a fielder's choice from Santander to push the advantage to 9-2.

 

McCarthy homered, doubled twice, and drove in three runs for the Bulls, and Snyder homered twice and drove in three runs.

 

Colin Poche (W, 5-0) earned his fifth win of the season after quelling the Tides uprising with 2.0 scoreless-innings and three strikeouts.

 

The four-game series continues Sunday at the DBAP at 5:05 p.m. RHP Andrew Moore (6-6, 4.19) is scheduled to pitch for the Bulls opposite LHP Luis Ysla (0-3, 7.27) for the Tides.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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