Bulls grab early lead, beat Charlotte 4-1

Jul. 30, 2014 @ 10:15 PM

The Durham Bulls scored early and left it to their pitching staff to make the runs stand up Wednesday night.

Durham grabbed a four-run lead over the first three innings and held on to beat Charlotte 4-1 at in International League baseball at BB&T Ballpark.

First-place Durham (59-51), scored two runs in the second inning and two more in the third to lead 4-0. Starting pitcher Alex Colome and two relief pitchers handled things from there.

Colome pitched seven innings, allowing just two hits and a run while striking out five. He improved to 5-3 on the season.

Steve Geltz allowed one hit while pitching a scoreless eighth inning for Durham. Josh Leuke struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning to pick up his seventh save.

The Bulls took the lead for good with their two-run second-inning rally.

Jayson Nix got it started with a double. He scored one out later on a Hak Ju-Lee single. After Mayo Acosta flied out to right, Justin Christian continued his hot hitting with an RBI-double to left field for a 2-0 Bulls lead.

After Durham double, this one from Vince Belnome, ignited the Bulls’ two-run third-inning rally. Mikie Mahtook singled, giving Durham runners at first and third with no outs.

Wilson Betemit drove in Belnome with a sacrifice fly to centerfield.

After Mike Fontenot drew a two-out walk to give Durham runners at first and second, Lee struck again with an RBI single driving in Mahtook for a 4-0 Bulls lead.

Durham and Charlotte continue their four-game series tonight at 7:05 p.m.

Durham Bulls (59-51)  4, Charlotte Knights (50-63)  1  
July 30, 2014

 
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Durham 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 11 0
 Charlotte 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 1
 

 

Durham AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Christian, CF 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 .274
Olmedo, RF 5 0 1 0 0 1 1 .216
Belnome, DH 4 1 2 0 1 1 1 .243
Mahtook, LF 5 1 2 0 0 1 2 .300
Betemit, 1B 3 0 0 1 0 0 3 .234
Nix, J, 3B 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 .275
Fontenot, 2B 3 0 1 0 1 0 2 .259
Lee, H, SS 3 1 2 2 0 1 1 .213
Acosta, M, C 4 0 0 0 0 1 5 .130
Totals 36 4 11 3 2 5 17  

BATTING
2B: Nix, J (15, Hill, S), Christian (27, Hill, S), Belnome (21, Hill, S).
TB: Fontenot; Olmedo; Lee, H 2; Belnome 3; Christian 2; Nix, J 3; Mahtook 2.
RBI: Lee, H 2 (18), Betemit (46).
2-out RBI: Lee, H.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Betemit; Olmedo; Acosta, M 2; Christian.
SAC: Lee, H.
SF: Betemit.
Team RISP: 3-for-9.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
SB: Mahtook (14, 2nd base off Hill, S/Phegley), Lee, H (11, 2nd base off Hill, S/Phegley).

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Fontenot-Lee, H-Betemit, Lee, H-Fontenot).
 
 
Charlotte AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Johnson, Mica, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .302
Semien, SS 3 1 0 0 1 1 2 .241
Danks, Jd, CF 4 0 1 0 0 2 1 .283
Phegley, C 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 .273
Wilkins, DH 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .285
Taylor, M, RF 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .297
Davidson, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 2 2 .197
Tuiasosopo, LF 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 .234
Black, Da, 1B 2 0 0 0 1 1 4 .261
Totals 27 1 3 1 5 9 16  

BATTING
TB: Danks, Jd; Tuiasosopo; Phegley.
RBI: Phegley (54).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Johnson, Mica.
SF: Phegley.
GIDP: Semien.
Team RISP: 0-for-6.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
E: Semien (6, throw).
 
 
Durham IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Colome (W, 5-3) 7.0 2 1 1 5 5 0 3.25
Geltz (H, 10) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.22
Lueke (S, 7) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3.05
 
Charlotte IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hill, S (L, 3-5) 6.0 9 4 3 1 1 0 5.07
De Los Santos, F 2.0 2 0 0 0 2 0 5.16
Kussmaul 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3.35

WP: Colome.
HBP: Taylor, M (by Colome).
Pitches-strikes: Colome 102-59, Geltz 9-6, Lueke 14-10, Hill, S 107-70, De Los Santos, F 28-19, Kussmaul 17-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Colome 5-6, Geltz 0-1, Lueke 0-0, Hill, S 9-4, De Los Santos, F 3-0, Kussmaul 0-0.
Batters faced: Colome 27, Geltz 4, Lueke 3, Hill, S 28, De Los Santos, F 8, Kussmaul 4.
Umpires: HP: Angel Campos. 1B: A.J. Johnson. 2B: Tom Honec. 3B: Max Guyll. 
Weather: 82 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 4 mph, Out to RF.
T: 2:54.
Att: 9,729.
Venue: BB&T Ballpark.
July 30, 2014