Bulls shortstop Tristan Gray and center fielder Kameron Misner each clubbed two hits and drove in two runs, while Durham starting pitcher Mason Montgomery yielded a lone earned run on one hit in five innings of work in a 6-1 victory over the Gwinnett Stripers on Tuesday night at Coolray
Bulls shortstop Tristan Gray and center fielder Kameron Misner each clubbed two hits and drove in two runs, while Durham starting pitcher Mason Montgomery yielded a lone earned run on one hit in five innings of work in a 6-1 victory over the Gwinnett Stripers on Tuesday night at Coolray Field.
Durham’s victory along with Lehigh Valley’s win in Worcester maintains the Bulls’ two-game advantage in the International League’s second half standings over the IronPigs with five games remaining. The Norfolk Tides will host the second half winner
After the Stripers plated a tally in the fourth to start the scoring, the Bulls answered back with a four-run sixth started by Gray’s first RBI single, with Misner following with a go-ahead two-run single before 1B Logan Driscoll capped the frame with an run-scoring knock to left. Gray in the following frame would drive in his second run of the night to make it 5-1 prior to DH Ruben Cardenas’s RBI single to right. Durham would then add two more tallies in the ninth before Gwinnett plated a single tally in the last of the frame.
Gray (2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI), Misner (2-4, 2 RBI) and 2B Ronny Simon (2-4, 2 R, 1 BB) each tallied two knocks in the victory. Gray has 14 of his last 15 games, including each of his last ten.
Montgomery (5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO) earned the win with his five solid frames, as Trevor Brigden (2.0 IP, 2 BB, 1 SO), Ryan Burr (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 SO) and Manuel Rodriguez (x) combined for the final four scoreless innings. Stripers reliever Collin McHugh (0.1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO) suffered the loss.
The two teams are set to continue their series on Wednesday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 1:05pm. RHP Anthony Molina is expected to get the nod for the Bulls while RHP Alan Rangel is anticipated to toe the rubber for the Stripers.
The Bulls begin the 2024 campaign on the road before beginning their home slate at Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Tuesday April 3 against the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the Triple-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins. For more information on the 2024 season, please visit DurhamBulls.com.