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Durham Bulls blank Columbus in doubleheader sweep

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A pair of pitching gems and three long balls propelled defending International League champion Durham past Columbus 1-0 and 2-0 yesterday at Huntington Park in Columbus.

Shortstop Jake Cronenworth’s solo home run in the top of the sixth provided the only scoring in the first game while Michael Brosseau and Kean Wong each hit solo shots in the second game for the Bulls, who swept the three-game series.

Jake Faria tossed a two-hit shutout while striking out six through five innings in the second game.

With the doubleheader sweep, Durham improved to 12-10 on the season while the Columbus Clippers dropped to 14-9.

In other International League games on Sunday, Toledo snapped Gwinnett’s six-game winning streak by walloping the Stripers 15-4. The Mud Hens banged out fourteen hits in the lopsided victory.

Gwinnett’s Adam Duvall homered for the fourth straight game in the losing effort. The 30-year-old Duvall, who has played in 500 major league games — most of those with the Cincinnati Reds — has seven home runs on the season.

Catcher Juan Centeno’s three-run blast in the eighth inning lifted Pawtucket over the Rochester Red Wings 5-2 yesterday before a crowd of 4,708 at Frontier Field in Rochester.

Andrew Romine’s walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth sent Lehigh Valley past Buffalo 6-5 in Allentown yesterday.

With the victory, the IronPigs improved to 16-6 on the season while the Bisons dropped to 6-14.

Chance Sisko’s three-run double in a six-run first inning outburst sparked Norfolk past Louisville 7-1.

First baseman Ryan Mountcastle, regarded as the second leading prospect in the Orioles farm system, went 3-for-5 at the plate for Norfolk.

A solo ninth-inning home run by Erich Weiss, an eleventh-round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013, led the Indianapolis Indians past Charlotte 9-8 on Sunday. It was the second long ball of the season for the 27-year-old first baseman.

The game between Syracuse and Scranton-Wilkes Barre was postponed due to inclement weather.

Darcy G. Richardson is a historian and the author of more than a dozen books. His latest is Loyola's Improbable Ramblers: 55 Years in the Making, available now on Amazon.

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