Myers plays, Bulls lose
The crowd at Durham Bulls Athletic Park finally got what they came for when Wil Myers dug in at home plate Sunday, although Bulls fans could’ve done without the 3-0 loss to the Buffalo Bisons.
Myers, a right-fielder for the Tampa Bay Rays, has been in Durham with his franchise’s top affiliate after fracturing his right wrist on May 30. He was supposed to take whacks at live pitching Saturday until the Bulls and Bisons were rained out, resulting in Sunday’s doubleheader, two seven-inning affairs instead of the usual nine.
Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo had Myers in the lineup as a designated hitter in Game 1. Fans showed him some extra love in the first inning when he was settling in for during his first appearance at the plate.
Bisons pitcher Daniel Norris (1-0) was on the mound. He was making his debut in Triple-A baseball, and there was Myers, not just any guy from the big leagues — which is saying plenty — but the reigning American League Rookie of the Year.
Myers went down swinging in five pitches.
In the fourth, Myers ripped a single to center field, but the Bulls stranded him.
Buffalo got on the scoreboard in the fifth when Jared Goedert doubled to center field to drive in a run. Jonathan Diaz did the same thing, and the Bisons were up 2-0.
In the sixth, a Kevin Pillar home run off the glove of Bulls center-fielder Justin Christian made it a 3-0 lead for Buffalo.
Myers showed up at the plate in the bottom of the seventh, the final frame and the Bulls’ last shot and salvaging this one.
Buffalo relief pitcher Sergio Santos was hunting for his first save for the Bisons.
Myers went down looking. In fact, Santos struck out the side, and that was the ball game.
Losing pitcher Nathan Karns is 9-6.
And make that back-to-back doubleheaders for the Bulls. They're at Rochester today to finish a suspended game from July 24 before playing a regularly scheduled contest. In the suspended game, Rochester leads 1-0 after three innings. The second game will be seven innings.
NOTES: Myers did not start Game 2 of the doubleheader. Results of that contest are at heraldsun.com/sports/durhambulls. ... Myers and the Bulls all wore No. 42 jerseys to recognize the impact on Major League Baseball of guys from the Negro Leagues like Jackie Robinson, as well as local guys including: Willie Bradshaw, Pete Hayes, Richard Hicks, Roy Alston, Levi Barbee, Pernell Canady, Thomas Clark, Ken Free, Joe Daye, Willie Gray, Artie Grier, Horace Johnson, George Leach, Wesley Lee, George Lipscomb, Robert Pennington, Artis Plummer, Johnny Thomas, Sterling Upchurch, Ken Valentine, Archie White, James Womble, Walter Wilson, Tom Womble, John McNeil, Eddie Hudson, Ostella Criss, Lawrence Van Hook, Richard Van Hook, Pete McAdoo, Jesse Brooks and James McClain.
Buffalo Bisons (64-56) 3, Durham Bulls (62-58) 0
August 10, 2014
|Diaz, J, SS||3||0||2||1||0||0||0||.218|
|Santos, S, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Goedert (14, Karns), Diaz, J (10, Karns).
HR: Pillar (8, 6th inning off Karns, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Diaz, J 3; Pillar 4; Mastroianni; Goedert 3; Glenn.
RBI: Goedert (40), Diaz, J (22), Pillar (49).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Schimpf; Mastroianni.
Team RISP: 2-for-6.
Team LOB: 4.
CS: Mastroianni (5, 2nd base by Karns/Solis).
DP: 2 (Goedert-Schimpf-Wallace, Schimpf-Diaz, J-Wallace).
|Lee, H, SS||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.205|
TB: Myers; Christian.
GIDP: Mahtook, Christian.
Team LOB: 1.
|Norris (W, 1-0)||6.0||2||0||0||1||10||0||0.00|
|Santos, S (S, 1)||1.0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|Karns (L, 9-6)||6.0||5||3||3||2||8||1||4.67|
Pitches-strikes: Norris 82-51, Santos, S 11-8, Karns 91-61, Riefenhauser 19-15.
Groundouts-flyouts: Norris 5-1, Santos, S 0-1, Karns 4-3, Riefenhauser 0-1.
Batters faced: Norris 19, Santos, S 3, Karns 24, Riefenhauser 4.
Umpires: HP: Jonathan Bailey. 1B: Seth Buckminster. 3B: Travis Carlson.
Weather: 77 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 6 mph, In from CF.
Venue: Durham Bulls Athletic Park.