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Bulls could clinch another division title tonight, Mudcats fall to Mobile again



The Durham Bulls may be one night away from another title in the International League’s South Division.

Bulls infielder J.J. Furmaniak
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  • Bulls infielder J.J. Furmaniak
Leslie Anderson had his first Triple-A homer, leading the Bulls to an 8-6 road win over the Norfolk Tides and cutting their magic number to two to clinch the title.

Meanwhile the Carolina Mudcats moved a step closer to their inevitable elimination, falling 6-1 at home to the Mobile BayBears.

Game 2 of the Bulls’ seven-game, two-city series with the Tides is tonight in Norfolk, while the Mudcats will host Game 3 of their series against Mobile.

Bulls 8, Norfolk 6
Anderson finished with two hits and a pair of RBI in Durham’s win.

J.J. Furmaniak doubled with two singles and an RBI for the Bulls, who finished with five extra-base hits and five players with multiple-hit games.

Dale Thayer (3-1) was the winning pitcher while Frank Mata (3-3) took the loss. Winston Abreu picked up his 19th save of the season.

Robert Andino had a homer and two singles for three RBI for the Tides.

Mobile 6, Mudcats 1
Konrad Schmidt doubled with two singles to lead an 11-hit attack as the BayBears got their second straight easy win in the series.

Kyler Newby (3-2) was the winning pitcher, while James Avery (0-3) took the loss.

Luis Terrero doubled and singled with the RBI for the Mudcats, while Kris Negron also chipped in a double and a single.

Friday’s games
Mobile at Mudcats, 7:15 p.m.

Ryan Cook (R, 0-0, 0.00) vs. Matt Klinker (R, 6-6, 2.65)

Bulls at Norfolk, 7:15 p.m.
Ramon Ortiz (R, 0-0, 0.00) vs. Zach Britton (L, 2-2, 3.12)

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