Sometimes it doesn't pay to try to advance a runner with a sacrifice bunt.
Rick Siriano, after twice failing in an attempt at a sacrifice bunt in the ninth inning last night, lined a single to left field to score Keith Hagman with the winning run as the Durham Bulls came from behind to defeat the Alexandria Dukes, 5-4, at Four Mile Run Park.
The Southern Division-leading Bulls defeated Alexandria for the fourth time in five games this season and ended the Dukes' home winning streak at 13.
Alexandria appeared to be headed for its 14th in a row as it led, 4-1, entering the seventh inning. Fernando Gonzales was working on a three-hitter at that point.
Early in the game the dense air prevented fly balls from carrying. In the seventh, the wind started blowing out and the Bulls took advantage. After one out, Tommy Thompson singled and Siriano followed with a line drive home run to right field to cut the Durham deficit to 4-3. Miguel Sosa followed with a 400-foot home run over the left center field fence to tie the game.
Jeff Zaske relieved Gonzales after the seventh and easily retired the side in the eighth. Hagman led off the ninth with a walk. Thompson failed twice trying to sacrifice before being hit by a Zaske curve ball. Siriano then fouled off two attempts at a bunt before getting his third hit, an opposite-field single for the game-winner.