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Bulls, Mudcats both succumb on the road

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It was a rough night all around for the Triangle’s two pro baseball teams.

Bulls infielder J.J. Furmaniak
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  • Bulls outfielder J.J. Furmaniak
But while it seemed to be just a blip en route to yet another division title for the Durham Bulls, the Carolina Mudcats are just about toast.

The Bulls lost a 4-3 decision in the opener of their road series with the Gwinnett Braves while the Mudcats lost to the host Jacksonville Suns 7-2 and fell 9 ½ games out of first place.

Carolina’s next home game will be on Wednesday night against the Mobile BayBears, while Durham is on a long road trip and won’t be home again until an Aug. 24 meeting with the Norfolk Tides.

Gwinnett 4, Bulls 3
The Braves’ first four batters reached and scored against Heath Phillips (8-7), with the big blow a three-run homer from Barbaro Canizares.

Brandon Beachy (2-0) was the winning pitcher while Craig Kimbrel collected his 18th save.

Freddie Freeman had four hits including a double with an RBI for Gwinnett.

J.J. Furmaniak doubled twice for the Bulls, while Angel Chavez doubled and singled.

Jacksonville 7, Mudcats 2
Tom Koehler earned his Southern League-best 14th win of the season against two losses and was the beneficiary of a 15-hit attack.

Lorenzo Scott homered with two singles and four RBI for Jacksonville.

James Avery (0-2) took the loss.

Kris Negron homered and singled for the Mudcats, while Jose Castro had a double and two singles and Luis Terrero a pair of doubles with an RBI.

Saturday’s games
Bulls at Gwinnett, 6:05 p.m.
TBA vs. Scott Diamond (L, 2-0, 2.67)

Mudcats at Jacksonville, 7:05 p.m.
Matt Klinker (R, 5-6, 2.75) vs. Jose Rosario (R, 3-2, 2.89)

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