A report says Bryan Bullington’s Major League Baseball  debut could come on a Sunday when Pittsburgh hosts the Cincinnati Reds.
A report says Bryan Bullington’s Major League Baseball debut could come on a Sunday when Pittsburgh hosts the Cincinnati Reds.
INDIANAPOLIS — Bryan Bullington saw his Triple-A season come to an end Thursday, but the former Madison Cub standout may not be done playing baseball this season.

Toledo finished off a three-game sweep of Bullington’s Indianapolis Indians 8-3 at Victory Field in Indianapolis to claim the Mud Hens’ first International League title since 1967.

Bullington started game one of the series and didn’t fare very well, lasting just two innings. Overall in the playoffs, Bullington had two rough starts with an ERA approaching 10.00.

But overall, the 1999 Madison graduate was 9-5 with a 3.38 ERA in 18 starts. He pitched 109 innings, allowing 104 hits and 41 earned runs while striking out 82 and walking just 26.

It is those numbers that may get Bullington to the Major Leagues in the nexr few days. A report in Wednesday’s Pittsburgh-Post Gazette said the parent Pittsburgh Pirates may go with a six-man rotation for the remainder of the season and that Bullington would make his MLB debut Sunday in Pittsburgh against Cincinnati.

Bullington was the No. 1 overall draft pick out of Ball State in 2002 and currently is not on the Pirates’ 40-man roster. In order for Bullington to be called up, he must be added to the roster. According to his contract, he must be on the 40-man roster starting next season.

If Bullington is to start Sunday and the Pirates go with a six-man rotation, he will make only two starts this season in the Majors. His second start would fall on Saturday, Sept. 24 in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

In the International League finals Thursday, Marcus Thames and Mike Hessman each hit three-run homers as Toledo beat Indianapolis 8-3 for a three-game sweep.

The final game, delayed 90 minutes by rain, was scoreless until the fifth inning, when Kevin Hooper reached first on a fielder’s choice and went to third on a single by Dewayne Wise. Thames then homered to center field, scoring both runners ahead of him.

Toledo added two more runs in the sixth inning when Ryan Raburn singled and scored on a double by Don Kelly, who then came home on an RBI single by Hooper.

The Mud Hens, who had 15 hits for the game, took an 8-0 lead the eighth with a double by Hooper, a single and stolen base by Wise and the three-run homer by Hessman.

The victory went to Toledo’s Jason Grill, who walked three and struck out six but left the game with two out in the eighth inning after Indianapolis put two runners on base. Reliever Mark Woodyard then gave up RBI singles by Cesar Crespo and Graham Koonce. After another pitching change, Jason Karnuth got the Indians’ Ronny Paulino on a grounder for the third out of the inning.

The Indians’ final run came in the ninth when Bobby Hill hit a two-out double, went to third on an infield single by Ray Sadler and scored on a bunt single by Rich Thompson. Karnuth then got Jorge Velandia on a grounder to end the game.

Michael Connolly the first of five Indianapolis pitchers, took the loss.