Bullington wins on Ka'aihue HRs
Friday, July 12, 2013 11:00 AM
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - Madison's Bryan Bullington got plenty of run support from his Hiroshima teammates to go with another quality start on the mound in a 7-3 win over the Yokohama Bay Stars at Yokohama Stadium on Thursday.
Bullington, now 4-7 in 16 starts with a 2.88 ERA, was working a shutout through six innings while the Carp piled on six unanswered runs before the Bay Stars finally broke through.
Former Kansas City Royal and Okland A Kila Ka'aihue, a recent addition to the Carp roster at first base, was a one-man wrecking crew while playing in his third game for Hiroshima. He had an RBI single in the first and home runs in the third and fourth innings - his third straight game to homer - and drove in six runs.
Yokohama's only runs of the game came in the seventh inning when Bullington gave up back-to-back singles to start the frame and then was tagged for a one-out, three-run home run by Takehiro Ishikawa that made it 6-3 Hiroshima.
Up until the seventh, Bullington had allowed only three other baserunners - a one-out single in the first that was erased by a double play, a two-out double in the fourth and a hit batter in the fifth. Yokohama had a batter reach in the sixth on an error but he was erased on a second Carp double play.
The Carp lifted the 1999 Madison graduate after the seventh and Hiroshima tacked on an insurance run in the eighth inning to win the game going away while retiring the Stars in order in the eighth and ninth.
Bullington allowed three runs - all earned - on five hits and one hit batter while striking out five in the 96-pitch outing. The win made him a perfect 2-0 against the Bay Stars this season.