Iron Pigs Blast Bulls, 16-1

Durham Collects One Hit, Two Ejections In Loss

By Durham Bulls | June 11, 2016 10:23 PM

Allentown, PA --- Two big innings and the minors' only 10-game winner led Lehigh Valley over Durham on Saturday night 16-1 at Coca-Cola Park.

Up 1-0 in the third, the Iron Pigs (34-28) knocked out Bulls starter Jaime Schultz (L, 5-3) with a seven-run, 12-batter inning. Lehigh Valley benefitted from seven hits, one walk, an error on a sacrifice bunt and a wind-aided infield popfly hit as the Iron Pigs chased Schultz to his shorted Triple-A start of just 2 1/3 innings.  

Later in the seventh, the Iron Pigs put up six more runs to assume a 15-1 lead, chiefly due to a grand slam by Darin Ruf.

Following a hit batter in the fifth inning, both dugouts were issued a warning by plate umpire Dan Merzel, who then tossed Bulls reliever Parker Markel and manager Jared Sandberg one inning later after Markel threw two pitches at the ankle of JP Crawford.  

Durham (28-36) picked up its only hit and run of the game in the fifth against Ben Lively. Juniel Querecuto dribbled a single under Crawford's barehand after two walks, scoring Jake Goebbert. Lively worked seven innnings, fanning five en route to becoming the minors' only 10-game winner and remain unbeaten at both Double-A and Triple-A in 2016.

The Bulls close out their three-game set against the Iron Pigs on Sunday at 1:35 PM ET with Austin Pruitt (4-4, 3.11) opposing James Russell (1-1, 1.16). 

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

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