Niemann Struggles With Control In Durham Loss

Jeff Niemann had a rough outing on Tuesday night as the Durham Bulls dropped the opener of a series with the Buffalo Bisons, 8-7.

Jeff Niemann had a rough outing on Tuesday night as the Durham Bulls dropped the opener of a series with the Buffalo Bisons, 8-7. Niemann, a potential candidate to get called up to the Tampa Bay Rays when rosters expand in September, could simply not find the strike zone, walking a season-high six in 4.2 innings pitched. He allowed five runs, all earned, in 4.2 innings pitched, surrendering five hits, including a two-run home run off the bat of Morgan Ensberg, to drop his fifth game of the year.

Niemann is now 7-5 with a 3.53 ERA and 88-to-36 K/W ratio.

The Bulls' offense also got involved in the scoring barrage, though, as Reid Brignac and Justin Ruggiano each hit home runs in the loss.

Brignac, one of the top infield prospects at Triple-A, now has eight homers. He also added a double, finishing the night 2-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored.

Ruggiano helped his case to become the Rays' option for a right-handed bat, hitting his ninth homer and ending the night 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs to raise his batting average to .313.


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