Durham, Buffalo Split Doubleheader

Bulls fall in game one, rebound in game two for twinbill split

Southpaw Enny Romero blanked the Buffalo Bisons over six innings in game two, earning the win

By Durham Bulls | August 7, 2014 11:53 PM

DURHAM, N.C. - The first-place Durham Bulls split a home-and-home doubleheader with the Buffalo Bisons at the DBAP Thursday night to open a five-game set, falling in the opener 5-1 before rebounding with a 1-0 win in game two.

The bizarre twinbill resulted from a rainout on July 13, during Durham's only trip to Buffalo which was made up in game two of the doubleheader.

The Bisons took the opener, which was a Bulls home game, 5-1. The Bulls managed just four hits against four Buffalo pitchers, getting their lone run on a Jeremy Moore sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.

By then, Buffalo had already built a two-run lead when two Merrill Kelly walks came around to score in the top of the fourth. The Bisons added to the margin in the fifth on Andy LaRoche's two-run double, and Kevin Pillar's RBI double in the sixth completed the scoring. Kyle Drabek (7-7) got the win in relief, allowing one run on two hits 2 1/3 innings. Kelly (6-4) took the loss, allowing two runs on four hits over four frames.

The Bulls earned a split with a 1-0 win in game two, as the squads combined to register just five hits. Southpaw Enny Romero (5-11) throttled the Bisons (62-56), allowing just one infield hit over six frames.

Durham (62-56) got all the offense it needed from the newest member of the team, as Nick Franklin, acquired in the deadline deal that sent David Price to Detroit, hit a solo homer to right field to break a scoreless deadlock in the top of the sixth. Josh Lueke picked up his eighth save, facing the minimum three batters in the seventh, while Kendall Graveman (0-2) suffered the tough-luck loss, allowing a run on three hits in six innings.

The teams continue the set Friday at 7:05 p.m. as RHP Matt Andriese (11-6, 3.55) starts for the Bulls against LHP Sean Nolin (3-4, 3.02) for the Bisons.

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

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