by Mike Potter
Talk about extra-inning drama.
Things didn’t finish quite as well for the Durham Bulls, who dropped a 3-1 road decision to the Charlotte Knights in 11 innings.
The Bulls will visit Charlotte again Sunday before playing the last three games of the two-city series in Durham beginning Monday night.
The Mudcats will take on Mississippi twice more, then move on to Birmingham for a three-game set before returning home Friday night for the opener of the season’s final series against the Tennessee Smokies.
Mudcats 4, Mississippi 3 (10 inn.)
Chris McMurray homered with two singles for two RBI in the Mudcats’ victory.
Donnie Joseph (1-0) was the winning pitcher while Lee Tabor collected his first save. Benino Pruneda (0-4) took the loss.
Tom Cochran had a quality start for Carolina, going six shutout innings and allowing just two hits with three strikeouts against two walks.
Denis Phipps had a ninth-inning solo homer for the Mudcats.
Shawn McGill had two doubles with two RBI for Mississippi.
Charlotte 3, Bulls 1 (11 inn.)
Dayan Viciedo’s two-run homer with one out in the 11th got the Knights the walk-off win.
Miguel Socolovich (3-1) was the winning pitcher, while Darin Downs (6-2) took the loss.
Angel Chavez and Justin Ruggiano had two hits each for the Bulls.
Bulls at Charlotte, 2:15 p.m.
Richard De Los Santos (R, 14-5, 3.42) vs. Brandon Hynick (R, 1-3, 6.27)
Mudcats at Mississippi, 6:05 p.m.
Jordan Hotchkiss (R, 0-0, 5.40) vs. Randall Delgado (R, 1-5, 5.81)