Bulls offense too much in 9-2 win

The International League’s top offense was too much for the Bisons to handle on Wednesday night.

Durham got home runs from Chris Richard, Angel Chavez and Rashad Eldridge in a 9-2 victory over Buffalo on Wednesday night.

The Bulls had just three hits over the first five innings against Bisons’ starter Tobi Stoner, but two of them left the yard. Richard opened the scoring with a lead-off shot in the third inning while Chavez hit one out in left field with two outs in the fifth for the 2-0 lead.

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Durham entered the game hitting .300 as a team. They also had a large lead on the rest of league in total home run (25) and stolen bases (31) after just 20 games.
Eldridge hit his first homer of the season with one out in the sixth inning. Justin Ruggiano and Hank Blalock followed with back-to-back doubles to build a 4-0 lead and knock Stoner from the game.

The Bisons cut the lead in half in the bottom of the sixth inning as Mike Hessman and Chris Carter produced RBI-singles. The Herd then had two cracks with the tying runs on base, but Bulls’ reliever Mike Ekstrom got Russ Adams and Josh Thole to fly out to end the threat.

Durham added two runs of insurance in the eighth inning and three more in the ninth for the 9-2 win.

Both Jesus Feliciano and Jason Pridie extended their hit streaks to seven games. Each have averaged over .400 during their stretches. Chris Carter finished the game 2-4 with a double and an RBI.

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