BY MICHAEL HAMMOND | Minor League Knocks
July 25, 2017 | Durham Bulls 3, Buffalo Bisons 1 | International League (AAA)
BUFFALO, N.Y. – With scheduled starter Austin Pruitt scratched, the Durham Bulls used five bullpen regulars to put together a stellar pitching performance and defeat the Buffalo Bisons 3-1 on Tuesday at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, New York.
Diego Castillo notched his first career start in his 112th career appearance in the minors. That start didn’t last long, however, as he went one inning before being relieved. Chih-Wei Hu was next out of the bullpen and threw three perfect innings while striking out a pair. Hu received the win and is now 2-1 in the International League.
Following Hu’s perfect innings, Jose Alvarado threw a perfect inning of his own making way for Hunter Wood to relieve him. Wood went 2.2 innings and gave up the only Bison run on two hits, two walks, and one strikeout. Ryne Stanek came in for the final 1.1 innings to close the door and earn his seventh save.
For the second-straight night, Durham scored in the first inning with Johnny Field doubling home Kean Wong and Willy Adames—who each singled to start the game—to give the Bulls a 2-0 lead. Adames drove in Jake Hager in the fifth for Durham’s third and final run.
Adames, the No. 1 prospect of the Tampa Bay Rays and No. 13 overall prospect (Baseball America), is now on a six-game hitting streak (9-for-22) following a four-game hitless streak. He singled twice and doubled once to go with his run scored and RBI on Tuesday.
Durham is now on a three-game win streak and has clinched at least a split of the four game series with Buffalo.
Newly acquired Rob Refsnyder made his debut for the Bisons after being traded from the New York Yankees on July 23. Refsnyder went 1-for-3 with a walk. His single came on a swinging bunt that was allowed to stay fair as it rolled two-thirds of the way down the third base line before it came to a halt. Before joining Buffalo, Refsnyder hit .312/.390/.464 with two homers and 12 RBI for the International League leading Scranton/Wilkes Barre Railriders and hit .135 over 40 plate appearances with the Yankees.
Durham Bulls (63-39) 200 010 000 – 3 10 0
Buffalo Bisons (43-60) 000 000 010 – 1 4 1
7/24 Durham 12, Buffalo 3
7/25 Durham 3, Buffalo 1
7/26 Durham at Buffalo
7/27 Durham at Buffalo
Durham Bulls (TB)
#1 Willy Adames 3/5, 2B, R, RBI .272/.365/.419, 7 HR, 43 RBI
#3 Casey Gillaspie 0/3, HBP .227/.296/.357, 9 HR, 44 RBI
#4 Jake Bauers 0/5, SB, 3 K .273/.370/.420, 8 HR, 48 RBI
#13 Ryne Stanek 1.1 IP, H, K, Save
#27 Hunter Wood 2.2 IP, 2 H, R, 2 BB, K
#28 Jose Alvarado IP
Buffalo Bisons (TOR)
#7 Rowdy Tellez 0/4 .203/.272/.325, 6 HR, 40 RBI
Located in down town Buffalo, Coca-Cola Field has an old-school feel to it. Intestate-190 can be seen beyond the outfield fence. While there are only a couple of on-field promotions during the game, the video board in center keeps fans entertained by showing fans in the crowd doing various things between innings.
It was 2-for Tuesday with buy-one-get-one tickets and $2 nachos. Following the game fans were allowed onto the field to play a game of catch, a promotion that was rescheduled from Monday due to rain.
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