Matt Andriese finally gave up a run, but his winning streak continued.
Andriese allowed one run in eight innings as the Durham Bulls defeated the Norfolk Tides 4-2 Saturday at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
“Andriese was lights out,” Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo said. “That’s the best lineup in this league, the Norfolk Tides, and to go eight innings like he did, he was the MVP.”
The Tides lead the International League with 310 runs scored.
Andriese (6-3) allowed a run in the fifth inning, stopping his scoreless innings streak at 23. That streak was the second longest of the Montoyo era, which started in 2007, behind only Mitch Talbot’s 24 straight scoreless innings in 2008.
Andriese is now 5-0 in his last six starts and has allowed five earned runs in 38 innings during that span. His performance was needed on a night when the Bulls (38-26) again struggled against a knuckleballer.
After Steven Wright pitched seven scoreless innings against Durham on Thursday, Norfolk righty Eddie Gamboa gave up two runs on three hits in seven innings on Saturday.
“If I don’t see another knuckleballer the rest of the year, I’ll be happy,” Montoyo said.
The Bulls improved to 29-5 when scoring first this season after Curt Casali hit a sac fly in the first inning.
Wilson Betamit made it 2-0 in the fourth with a solo shot to right, his 11th home run of the season. It was the first homer for the Bulls in seven games and moved the 32-year-old switch hitter up to third in the IL in that category.
Norfolk (26-37) couldn’t score after Brett Wallace led off the second with a double, but it didn’t waste a leadoff double by Xavier Paul in the fifth. Norfolk finally got on the board against Andriese when Buck Britton’s single to right got under the glove of Robby Price, which allowed Paul to get home safely. Steve Lombardozzi singled later in the inning, making it an earned run, but Julio Borbon grounded out with two on and two outs to keep Andriese in line for the win.
The Tides had another chance to tie in the eighth, but Borbon was thrown out at home trying to score from first on a single. Borbon was running on the play and broke for home when the relay throw from Price missed the cutoff man. But Betemit backed up the play from first base and catcher Curt Casali blocked the plate to overcome a high throw home.
Durham then scored two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth thanks an atrocious defensive display by the Tides, who committed errors on three straight plays.
Price reached on a throwing error by relief pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz, who threw high despite fielding the ball on the first-base side of the mound. Price moved to second when De La Cruz wanted to pick off Price at first, but had to stop because first baseman Brett Wallace had moved in anticipating a bunt from Hak-Ju Lee.
Lee eventually got the bunt down to third baseman Buck Britton, who threw to third in an attempt to get Price – except no one was covering the bag. The next batter, Cole Figueroa, also bunted, and catcher Brian Ward’s throw to first got away to allow Lee to score.
The extra runs came in handy when Jeff Beliveau gave up a run in the ninth before recording his seventh save.
“I want to give our team credit for good bunting,” Montoyo said. “We put the pressure on them and they made some bad throws and that was the game right there – Andriese and some good bunting.”
NOTE — Bulls closer RHP Kirby Yates received his first big-league call-up Saturday and pitched 1 1/3 hitless innings with two strikeouts for the Tampa Bay Rays. Yates, 27, had given up one run in 25 innings for the Bulls this season and was 16-for-16 in save opportunities. Montoyo said that he knocked on Yates’s door at 1 a.m. to personally deliver the news. “I’m not going to call this guy,” Montoyo said. “I need to give this guy a hug, he’s been awesome.” Yates becomes the 12th Durham player to be promoted to Tampa Bay this season, one more player than all of 2013. … To make room for Yates on the 25-man roster, the Rays designated RHP Josh Lueke for assignment. He must clear waivers before coming to the Bulls. RHP Doug Mathis (2-3, 4.73) was assigned to Durham from extended spring training. … The Bulls finish their season-long 10-game homestand today against Norfolk at 5:05 p.m. RHP Nathan Karns (3-2, 4.24) goes for Durham against Josh Stinson (0-3, 5.19).
Durham Bulls (38-26) 4, Norfolk Tides (26-37) 2
June 7, 2014
|De Jesus, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.295|
|Peguero, F, RF||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.371|
|Casilla, A, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.306|
|De La Cruz, Kel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-Struck out for Britton in the 9th.|
2B: Wallace (8, Andriese), Paul (8, Andriese), Peguero, F (7, Beliveau).
TB: Wallace 2; Lombardozzi 2; De Jesus; Britton; Paul 3; Borbon; Peguero, F 3.
RBI: Paul (30).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Casilla, A; Borbon.
GIDP: Borbon, Wallace.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
Team LOB: 5.
E: De La Cruz, Kel (1, throw), Britton (4, throw), Ward (4, throw).
DP: 2 (Casilla, A-De Jesus-Wallace, Britton-Casilla, A-Wallace).
Pickoffs: Gamboa (Price at 1st base).
|Lee, H, SS||4||2||2||0||0||1||1||.228|
|Figueroa, C, DH||2||0||0||0||1||2||0||.280|
|1-Ran for Price in the 8th.|
HR: Betemit (11, 4th inning off Gamboa, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Betemit 4; Lee, H 2; Price.
RBI: Casali (8), Betemit (30).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Belnome.
SAC: Figueroa, C.
GIDP: Olmedo, Christian.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 3.
SB: Lee, H (8, 2nd base off Gamboa/Ward).
PO: Price (1st base by Gamboa).
E: Price (2, fielding).
Outfield assists: Price (Borbon at home).
DP: 2 (Fontenot-Lee, H-Betemit 2).
|Gamboa (L, 4-5)||7.0||3||2||2||3||9||1||4.06|
|De La Cruz, Kel||1.0||1||2||0||0||1||0||5.60|
|Andriese (W, 6-3)||8.0||8||1||1||0||5||0||3.30|
|Beliveau (S, 7)||1.0||2||1||1||0||1||0||1.42|
Balk: De La Cruz, Kel.
HBP: Christian (by Gamboa).
Pitches-strikes: Gamboa 102-66, De La Cruz, Kel 18-12, Andriese 97-65, Beliveau 12-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Gamboa 5-3, De La Cruz, Kel 3-0, Andriese 11-2, Beliveau 2-0.
Batters faced: Gamboa 26, De La Cruz, Kel 5, Andriese 29, Beliveau 5.
Umpires: HP: Ben May. 1B: Joseph Born. 3B: Jon Saphire.
Weather: 84 degrees, clear.
Wind: 6 mph, In from CF.
Venue: Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
June 7, 2014
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media