Justin Ruggiano was the difference for the second day in a row, smacking a first inning home run to right field off of Indians starter Brian Burres to give the Durham Bulls a 1-0 win. The home run was the sixth on the season for Ruggiano, and he now has 28 RBI, which ranks him second in the International League. The shutout was the fourth one put together by the Bulls pitching staff this season in 34 games.
Alex Cobb (4-0) went six innings scattering four hits, walking one, and striking out five, to earn his team leading fourth victory of the season. His four wins are tied for second in the International League. JP Howell continued his string of strong performances on his rehab assignment throwing an inning and allowing one hit while striking out two. Howell has yet to allow a run in three appearances this season for the Bulls. Jake McGee finished things up for the Bulls going two innings without surrendering a hit, walking one and striking out a season high four, to earn his first save of the season.
Durham will finish their four game series against Indianapolis at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday May 12 when they will send Alex Torres (2-2 1.44) to the mound against Garrett Olson (1-0 3.09). The game can be heard on 620 the Buzz, and tickets are available at www.durhambulls.com.