Bullington banged-up on bunt
Saturday, June 08, 2013 5:00 AM
HIROSHIMA, Japan - Hiroshima Carp trainers are uncertain whether former Madison Cub Bryan Bullington will be able to make his next start for the Carp after he was banged up in Thursday's game with the Chiba Lotte Marines at Onomichi Stadium.
Bullington was cruising along toward his 10th quality start in 12 outings when he took a tumble while fielding a bunt and throwing the ball to first in the top of the fifth inning.
Bullington recorded the out on the play but he landed hard on his right side and left the game in the bottom of the fifth. Up until then, Bullington was tossing a two-hitter on 63 pitches with one strikeout and no walks.
Bullington left the game trailing 1-0 - the Marines had scored on a leadoff double by Daichi Suzuki and back-to-back sacrifices in the second inning - and was not around to pick up the win when Hiroshima tied the game in the fifth, and took the lead for good in the sixth en route to a 4-1 win.
The 32-year-old Bullington, who has been a workhorse for the Carp this season with a Nippon Professional Baseball League-best 78.2 innings pitched, is currently 2-5 on the season. His 2.52 ERA is the fifth best among starters in the Central League.