Bisons outlast Bulls in pitching battle
Fans at Buffalo's Coca-Cola Stadium were treated to 14 innings of dominant pitching on Sunday, with the Bisons prevailing 1-0 over the Durham Bulls in International League action.
The teams combined for only 15 hits, with Buffalo's Mike Nickeas delivering a leadoff double off Durham reliever Juan Sandoval (0-1) to center field. Pinch hitter Ricardo Nanita attempted a sacrifice bunt that Sandoval came off the mound to field, but his throw was errant and allowed Nickeas to score.
Mike Fontenot and Vince Belnome had a pair of hits each for the Bulls, and both had a double along with Cole Figueroa. Durham just couldn't take advantage, losing to Buffalo for the third day in a row.
The loss spoiled a strong outing by Bulls starter Jake Odorizzi, who recently returned after pitching with the parent Tampa Bay Rays. Odorizzi went eight innings and gave up just two hits while walking one and striking out six.
Durham relievers Josh Lueke and Kirby Yates both pitched two no-hit innings.
Buffalo used five pitchers, with reliever Joel Carreno (1-1) picking up the win.
The Bulls had several chances to score in regulation. Belnome doubled with two out in the first but was stranded there when Ryan Roberts popped out.
Figueroa walked with one out in the third but got no farther than second base. In the fifth, Fontenot doubled with one out but was doubled off second on a pop fly by Jesus Flores.
Figueroa opened the sixth with a double to right and went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Bourgeois. But a grounder by Tim Beckham and a strikeout by Belnome on a foul tip stranded Figueroa.
Leslie Anderson singled with one out in the seventh and Fontenot's two-out single moved him to second, but Flores popped out to end the threat.
Bourgeois singled, then went to second on a balk in the eighth before the Bisons recorded the last out.
The Bulls went down in order in the ninth and 10th, but Belnome singled with two out in the 11th and took second on a wild pitch before Roberts struck out.
Guyer singled in the 12th, stole second and got to third on an error by Mauro Gomez before Flores' pop fly ended the inning.
The Bulls didn't get a runner on base in either the 13th or 14th innings.
Bisons 1, Bulls 0
Bourgeois cf|5|0|1|0|Reyes dh|5|0|2|0
Beckham ss|6|0|0|0|Nanita ph-dh|0|0|0|0
Belnome 1b|6|0|2|0|Pillar rf|4|0|0|0
Roberts 2b|6|0|0|0|Gomez 3b|5|0|0|0
Anderson dh|6|0|1|0|Jimenez 1b|4|0|1|0
Guyer lf|5|0|1|0|Sierra lf|5|0|0|0
Fontenot 3b|5|0|2|0|Goins ss|5|0|2|0
Flores c|5|0|0|0|McCoy 2b|5|0|1|0
Figueroa rf|4|0|1|0|Gose cf|5|0|0|0
None out when winning run scored.
E—Bourgeois, Roberts, Fontenot, Gomez. DP—Durham 3, Buffalo 1. LOB—Durham 8, Buffalo 6. 2B—Belnome, Fontenot, Figueroa, Jimenez, Nickeas. S—Bourgeois, Nanita. SB—Guyer (15).
Sandoval (L, 0-1)|1.0|3|1|0|0|0
Carreno (W, 1-1)|1.0|0|0|0|0|1
Sandoval pitched to 2 batters in the 14th.
WP—Carlyle. Balk—Bush. Umpires—HP, Ryan Blakney; 1B, Kelvin Bultron; 2B, Travis Carlson; 3B, John Tumpane. T—4:00. A—10,166.