Written by Ian Locke
Durham plated two runs in the top of the 11th inning, outlasting Norfolk 2-0 in 11 innings Saturday night at Harbor Park.
The Bulls were held to just one hit over the first 10 frames before connecting for three singles in the decisive inning. Cole Figueroa led off the frame with a single off of Mark Hendrickson (0-1), and Tim Beckham followed with a sacrifice bunt to move Figueroa to second. After a walk to Rich Thompson, Hendrickson retired Hak-Ju Lee on a popup for the second out of the inning. Scott Proctor was brought in to face Jason Bourgeois, but uncorked a wild pitch to put runners at second and third. Bourgeois followed with a line drive single up the middle, giving the Bulls the only runs they would need.
Steve Geltz (1-0) earned the win for Durham with two shutout innings of relief.
Despite not factoring in the decision, Tides starter Jair Jurrjens was excellent in his Tides debut. Jurrjens allowed just one hit in six strong innings - a fourth inning single by Wil Myers that glanced off the glove of a diving Jonathan Schoop. Jurrjens threw 56 of his 95 pitches for strikes and struck out seven while facing just three batters over the minimum.
Durham starter Alex Colome was equally effective, as he held Norfolk to just one hit – a second inning hit-and-run single by Jonathan Schoop – in five innings of work. Colome struck out four while walking two.
Danny Valencia doubled and singled to lead Norfolk’s offense, while Niuman Romero singled and walked twice.
The game was originally slated to be a doubleheader, but game two was postponed due to the extra inning contest and cold temperatures. The two teams will attempt to play a doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Harbor Park
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