by Mike Potter
DBAP/DURHAM Sometimes it does rain at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, and the Bulls are going to have to wait out a very long drizzle before the finale of their four-game series against the Charlotte Knights.
The Bulls have won five of eight games on the homestand, and are looking for a good sendoff for their 11-game road trip.
Brian Baker (0-0, 3.86) will make the spot start for the Bulls tonight while the Knights will counter with Freddy Dolsi (1-1, 6.52).
After a rain delay of two hours, four minutes, the Bulls escape with a 6-5 win to end up with a tie in the four-game series.
The Bulls go up 3-0 in the first on Brandon Guyer’s two-run homer over the Blue Monster in left and Leslie Anderson’s RBI single.
But Charlotte blows that away in the second as Gookie Dawkins blasts a two-out grand slam over the Blue Monster.
Baker leaves the game with two on in the fourth with soreness in his side, but Rob Delaney gets out of the jam.
The Knights add another in the fifth on Lastings Milledge’s sacrifice fly to right.
Durham ties it at 5-5 in the bottom of the frame on back-to-back RBI doubles from Chris Carter and Russ Canzler.
Then in the sixth, J.J. Furmaniak rips a one-out first pitch into the stands in right field for a 6-5 lead.
The Bulls get solid committee pitching as Dane De La Rosa fires the sixth and seventh to get the win and Brandon Gomes the final two to get the save.
Guyer, Carter and Anderson finish with two hits each to help Durham’s 10-hit attack.
They said it …
Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo: “That was a really, really tough night to play. And thank God we found a way with our bullpen after Baker got hurt. The best thing about when you play games like this is when you win. Furmaniak had a big hit, opposite field. Now we go on the road trip.”
Guyer: “I was just looking for a good pitch and he left one out over the plate. I was trying to just put it in play. It was a good hit to help the team win. We’re really close, and come clutch time we find a way to get that big hit and make that big pitch. That’s what it takes to win ball games like this.”
Furmaniak: “First-pitch fastball up and away, I kind of put a good swing on it and it carried out. I think most guys knew we were going to play since they started taking the tarp up at 8:30. Guys just strapped it on and put some good swings on some good pitches.”
Stars of the game
Play of the game
Bulls lead 4-3.
Bulls: Won 1.
Charlotte: Lost 1.
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