The Durham Bulls used timely hitting and solid pitching on Tuesday to earn a 3-1 win over the first place Charlotte Knights in game two of their four-game series from Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The win was the second in as many days for the Bulls, who pulled within three games of the division-leading Knights.
Durham scored a run in three consecutive innings, beginning with the first. Johnny Field scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the first inning when Providence High product Richie Shaffer hit into a double play. The Bulls took a 1-0 lead to the second inning.
In the bottom of the second, Jake Goebbert ignited the Durham offense with a one-out single against Charlotte starter Tyler Danish (0-1, 5.40)debut. One batter later, Luke Maile doubled to give the Bulls runners on second and third with just one out. Cameron Seitzer then followed with a groundout, but Goebbert scored Durham’s second run of the game.
With a 2-0 lead over the Knights and Danish, the Bulls tacked on one more run in the bottom of the third inning. Daniel Robertson led off with a single, Shaffer followed with a double and Dayron Varona hit an RBI groundout to give the Bulls a 3-0 lead.
The Knights scored their only run of the game in the top of the seventh inning on a Jacob May RBI double. May finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate. Outfielder Jason Bourgeois chipped in with two hits.
RHP Eddie Gamboa started for the Bulls and did not allow a run over three innings. The knuckleballer gave way to reliever Parker Markel (2-1, 3.08), who tossed three scoreless innings to earn the win.
Danish, making his Knights debut, allowed three runs on eight hits over five innings and was saddled with the loss. He walked three and struck out two. Reliever Terance Marin did not allow a hit or a run over his three innings of work.
The two teams continue their four-game series on Wednesday with a 1:05 p.m. game from Durham.