NORFOLK, Va.- Four Tides hurlers combined to limit Durham to a single run, but a quintet of Bulls pitchers did one better as the Bulls blanked the Tides 1-0 Saturday night at Harbor Park. The Bulls plated the only run of the contest in the sixth frame against Vidal Nuño (0-1), courtesy of a Tides defensive lapse. With one out and Willy Adames on first, Kean Wong flared a soft line drive down the left field line for a double to put runners on second and third. Johnny Field then hit a grounder that third baseman Drew Dosch could not handle, allowing Adames to score the only run the Bulls would need.
The five Bulls pitchers combined to strike out 14 Tides, surrendering six singles while issuing just two walks. Starter Brent Honeywell (2-2) earned the win - striking out eight over 5.1 innings of work – while Ryan Garton earned the save by striking out the side in the ninth inning.
Norfolk starter Steve Johnson struck out three over three scoreless innings, while Nuño took the tough-luck loss after yielding one run and striking out four over 3.1 innings of relief. David Washington was the only Tide to register a multi-hit game, as he finished 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to eight games. Washington has hit .387 (12-31) with two home runs and six RBI over that stretch, which is tied for the longest by a Tides player this season. With the win, Durham upped its record to 20-7 this season, tops in all of affiliated baseball.
The two clubs wrap up their three-game set on Sunday, with first pitch set for 1:05. RHP Edwin Jackson will make his Norfolk debut and will be opposed by Old Dominion University product Ryan Yarbrough (2-2, 3.64).