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Durham rally falls short against Norfolk

The Durham Bulls’ comeback attempt fell short Thursday night, dropping an 8-7 International League decision to the Norfolk Tides after an early five-run deficit.

Trailing 7-2 entering the bottom of the sixth, Durham got two runs. After the Tides (68-50) made it 8-4 in the seventh, the Bulls came back with three runs in the bottom half. Nick Franklin drew a bases-loaded walk and Mikie Mahtook smacked a two-run single to cut the deficit to 8-7. Durham (57-62), however, was not able to score again.

Norfolk stormed ahead in the second, scoring six runs and sending 10 men to the plate for a 6-1 advantage.

Durham would get one run back in the bottom of the second when Corey Brown launched a solo homer. The Tides extended the lead back to five in the sixth however, when Rey Navarro knocked a two-out double.

Jorge Rondon (3-1) earned the win, allowing two runs in two innings of relief, and Oliver Drake earned his 20th save of the season with a scoreless ninth. Matt Andriese (3-3) suffered the loss, allowing six runs (two earned) over five innings while striking out five.

Durham will take on Indianapolis in a 6:05 p.m. doubleheader Friday.

Thursday’s box score

Norfolk

ab

r

h

bi

Borbon, CF

4

0

1

1

Navarro, 2B

5

1

2

2

Walker, 1B

4

0

1

1

Alvarez, RF

5

1

1

1

Halton, LF

5

1

0

0

Almanzar, 3B

5

1

3

0

Perez, C

5

1

1

0

Schoop, DH

2

2

1

1

Janish, SS

3

1

1

2

Totals

38

8

11

8

Durham

ab

r

h

bi

Rickard, LF

3

2

0

0

Powell, CF

3

2

1

0

Franklin, SS

4

0

1

2

Motter, 3B

3

0

0

0

Mahtook, RF

4

0

1

2

Arencibia, C

4

0

1

2

Elmore, 1B

4

0

0

0

Brown, DH

4

2

2

1

Brett, 2B

3

1

0

0

Totals

32

7

6

7

Norfolk

060

001

100

8

11

0

Durham

110

002

300

7

6

2

E — Franklin, Arencibia. DP–Norfolk 1. LOB–Norfolk 8, Durham 5. 2B–Navarro 2, Walker, Franklin. HR—Alvarez (16), Brown (16). SF–Borbon. SB–Borbon (20), Brown (13).

NorfolkIP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Buschmann

3

2

2

2

0

2

Rondon (W, 3-1)

2

0

2

2

2

2

Beato

1

1

0

0

1

2

Cabral

1/3

1

3

3

3

0

Eveland

2/3

1

0

0

0

1

Drake (S, 20)

1

1

0

0

0

0

DurhamIP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Andriese (L, 3-3)

5

8

6

2

1

5

Romero

21/3

3

2

2

3

2

Floro

12/3

0

0

0

0

1

WP-Andriese, Romero. HBP-Rickard (by Buschmann). T-3:11. A-8,395.

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