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Bulls Blanked Again by Tribe in Rubber Match

The Durham Bulls were shut out for the second straight game Wednesday afternoon, falling to the Indianapolis Indians 6-0 in the rubber match of a three-game series at Victory Field.

After falling 1-0 in 12 innings on Tuesday night, the Bulls were blanked once again. The team went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position, and were shut out for the third time in their last four games.

Indianapolis (14-11) took the lead for good in the third inning when it scored three runs behind a pair of doubles, a wild pitch, two walks and a sacrifice fly. The home side extended its lead to 4-0 in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly by Josh Bell, and tallied two more runs in the eighth frame on an RBI double by Mel Rojas Jr. and a sacrifice fly by Alen Hanson.

Wilfredo Boscan (3-2) earned the win for the Tribe, tossing six innings and striking out four without walking a batter. Cory Luebke picked up a rare three-inning save, allowing only three hits and striking out four to secure his first save of the season.

Blake Snell (1-3) suffered the loss for Durham, allowing three runs on two hits over five innings. The southpaw struck out four, but walked five batters, finishing with 98 pitches while 50 went for strikes.

Offensively for Durham (12-16), Taylor Motter, Nick Franklin and Pat Leonard all recorded two-hit games.

Wednesday’s box score

Durham Bulls

ab

r

h

bi

Decker, CF

4

0

0

0

Robertson, SS

4

0

1

0

Motter, RF

4

0

2

0

Roller, DH

4

0

0

0

Franklin, 2B

4

0

2

0

Varona, LF

3

0

0

0

Leonard, 3B

4

0

2

0

Seitzer, 1B

4

0

1

0

Maile

3

0

0

0

Totals

34

0

8

0

Indianapolis Indians

ab

r

h

bi

Hanson, 2B

4

2

2

1

Ngoepe, SS

5

1

1

1

Moroff, 3B

3

1

1

0

Bell, 1B

2

0

0

1

Garcia, RF

2

0

0

1

Gamache, DH

3

1

1

1

Easley, C

3

0

1

0

Florimon, CF

3

1

1

0

Rojas. Jr., LF

3

0

1

1

Totals

28

6

8

6

Durham

000

000

000

0

8

1

Indianapolis

003

000

21x

6

8

1

E — Farquhar,.Moroff. DP–Durham 0, Indianapolis 1. LOB–Durham 9, Indianapolis 8. 2B–Hanson, Ngoepe, Rojas. Jr. SF–Gamanche, Bell, Hanson. SB–Moroff 2 (2), Florimon (1). CS—Rojas, Jr. PO—Decker, Rojas, Jr.

Durham IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Snell (L, 1-3)

5

2

3

3

5

4

Gamboa

1

1

0

0

0

1

Garton

1

2

1

1

0

1

Farquhar

1

3

2

2

0

1

Indianapokis IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Boscan (W, 3-2)

6

5

0

0

0

4

Luebke (S, 1)

3

3

0

0

0

4

WP-Snell 2; Luebke. HBP-Maile, Varona, Easley, Florimon.

T-2:39 (49 minute delay). A-8,897.

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