Durham, NC August 27, 2013 – The Durham Bulls scored 13 runs on 17 hits and went on to beat the Charlotte Knights 13-6 on Tuesday in the finale of their two-game series from Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, NC. Tuesday’s matchup was Charlotte’s final road game of the 2013 season. The Knights will return home to Knights Stadium on Wednesday for the final six games of the year.
RHP Matt Buschmann (8-1, 2.97) earned the victory for Durham after allowing three runs on four hits over five innings. Buschmann walked two batters and struck out three as his team earned a two-game series split with the Knights.
Former Knight Jason Bourgeois, who was named to the All Knights Stadium Team earlier in the year, went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs to pace the Durham offense. Six Durham hitters had at least two hits on Tuesday. Brandon Guyer, Tim Beckham, and Kevin Kiermaier had three hits each on the night.
The Durham Bulls also stole a combined six bases on Tuesday. Kiermaier and Beckham had two apiece.
Nick McCully started for the Knights and allowed three runs on five hits over just four innings of work. McCully walked five batters and threw 93 pitches before exiting the game after the fourth frame.
Charlotte reliever Stephen McCray (0-3, 9.35) came on in relief of McCully and gave up five runs on four hits over 0.2 innings. McCray was charged with the loss. Tony Pena Jr. allowed a run over 1.1 innings, while Taylor Thompson allowed four runs (two earned) over 1.2 innings.
Marcus Semien drove in three of Charlotte’s five runs on the night. He finished the game 1-for-3 with a triple, one run scored, three RBIs, a walk, and a stolen base. Travis Ishikawa and Bryan Anderson chipped in with two hits apiece for the Knights. Anderson also tripled on Tuesday.
The Knights will now open the final homestand in Knights Stadium history on Wednesday. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. as the Knights will host the Norfolk Tides in game one of a three-game series. RHP Zach Stewart (5-13, 4.70) will get the start for the Knights, while the Tides will hand the ball to LHP Zach Britton (5-5, 4.48). First pitch at Knights Stadium is set for 7:15 p.m.