The Durham Bulls are heading north Saturday, still in search of their first win against Norfolk.
The Bulls (3-6) will be in Harbour Park for a two-game series with the home-standing Norfolk Tides (6-3), beginning with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Durham left-hander Scott Diamond (0-0) is set to take the mound opposite Norfolk rightie Eddie Gamboa (0-0).
The Bulls return home Monday to begin a four-game set in the DBAP with Charlotte, and they continue their seven-game home stand with three games against Gwinnett on April 24-25-26.
Durham went 0-3 in its opening home series against Norfolk. Friday night, the Tides erased a two-run deficit to down the Bulls 9-4 in front of 9,836 fans at the DBAP, sweeping the three-game set.
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In his first game batting leadoff this season for Durham, Taylor Motter finished 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and three RBIs, while Eugenio Velez went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Down 3-1 at the start of the seventh inning, Norfolk put three of its first four batters on base by way of a single, a walk and a hit batter. Norfolk’s Chris Parmelee tied the game on a two-run single to centerfield. Christian Walker followed with an RBI single to right, and then Steve Clevenger supplied the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly for a 5-3 Norfolk lead.
Clevenger added a two-run double in the ninth as Norfolk extended its lead. Jayson Nix followed with an RBI single, and Michael Almanzar delivered a sacrifice fly to put the Tides in front 9-3.
Durham (3-6) struck for the contest’s first run in the second inning, with a Motter double down the left field line to drive in Alexi Casilla.
Durham went up 3-1 in the sixth when Motter doubled in Velez, who had singled earlier in the inning.
Motter continued his hot night with a solo homer in the ninth inning – his first Triple-A home run.
Pedro Beato (1-0) earned the win in the relief, allowing one run in two innings. Southpaw Jim Patterson (0-1) took the loss for Durham, surrendering four runs on four hits in 1.2 innings.