Myers' RBI single in 13th lifts Bulls over Indianapolis
Wil Myers’ go-ahead single, Vince Belnome’s two-run double and Cole Figueroa’s run-scoring triple in the top of the 13th inning lifted the Durham Bulls past the Indianapolis Indians 6-2 Tuesday night.
Six Bulls pitchers combined on a 10-hitter and racked up 12 consecutive shutout innings to lock it down.
A day after the Bulls posted a season-high 15 runs in a 15-2 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, runs were at a premium Tuesday night as Durham opened a road trip in a battle of International League division leaders here.
The Indians (40-20), the Triple-A farm club of the Pittsburgh Pirates, led the IL-West by 10 games and had the best record in the IL coming into Tuesday night’s showdown. Durham (38-21) led the IL-South by 3 1/2 games and had the second best mark overall.
Righthanded starter Alex Colome, who returned to the Bulls rotation after an emergency start — and win — for the parent Tampa Bay Rays over Miami Thursday night, got a rude welcome from the Indians.
He gave up a one-out single in the first to John McDonald and McDonald trotted in on an RBI triple by Josh Harrison. Matt Hague’s ground ball single through the left side drove in Harrison.
Colome, who pitched four innings, didn’t give up another run, and escaped a possible loss when the Bulls tied the game in the top of the fifth. Shelley Duncan walked with one out, Cole Figueroa doubled with two outs, and both scored on Juan Apodaca’s clutch ground ball single past Hague.
Steve Geltz kept Indianapolis at bay in the fifth and sixth innings and turned the ball over to closer Josh Lueke, back with the Bulls after a 24-day stint in Tampa Bay.
Lueke pitched a 1-2-3 seventh, but got in a spot of trouble in the eighth when third baseman Figueroa’s error allowed leadoff hitter Felix Pie to reach safely. But Pie stayed right there as Lueke mowed down the next three batters to conclude his night.
The Indians again got the leadoff batter on in the bottom of the ninth as Kirby Yates gave up a base hit to Jerry Sands. Juan Sandoval replaced Yates and retired the side on a popped bunt by Chase D’Arnaud and a double play grounder by John McDonald.
Indy reliever Duke Welker walked Tim Beckham leading off the 10th and Beckham was sacrificed to second by Figueroa. Apodaca moved Beckham to third with a comebacker to Welker for the second out but Beckham was stranded as Jason Bourgeois struck out on three pitches.
Sandoval escaped major trouble in the bottom of the 10th when a single and a walk put runners on first and second with one out. The runners moved to second and third with two outs, but Sandoval retired Brett Carroll on a fly ball to end the threat.
In the 11th, Atahualpa Severino replaced Welker and it was the Bulls’ turn to threaten. Brandon Guyer singled with one out. Severino then walked Myers and Belnome to load the bases.
Reliever Brooks Brown replaced Severino and got Duncan and Beckham to ground into third-to-home forces to end the threat.
Adam Liberatore, the sixth Bulls pitcher of the night, relieved Sandoval to open the bottom of the 11th and retired the side in order and Brown retired the Bulls 1-2-3 in the 12th.
Ivan de Jesus Jr. singled off Liberatore leading off the bottom of the 12th and was sacrificed to second. Liberatore sandwiched a pair of outs around a walk to send it to the 13th.
Mike Fontenot got the Bulls going in the 13th with a leadoff single and Guyer singled on a bunt on which pitcher Brown couldn’t make a play, bringing cleanup hitter Myers to the plate. Myers singled Fontenot home with the go-ahead run.
Belnome, who’d come into the game as a pinch-runner for Leslie Anderson and singled and walked in two earlier trips, doubled home Guyer and Myers with a pair of insurance runs.
Figueroa’s two-out triple scored Belnome to make it 6-2.
Liberatore gave up only a harmless single in the 13th and ended the game on a double-play ball.
NOTES — During their eight-game homestand that ended Monday, the Bulls went 7-1, nine Bulls players lifted their batting average by at least 10 points and the team batting average went from .276 to .287, best in the International League by .007 over No. 2 Buffalo and .019 over No. 3 Norfolk ... Closer Lueke was 0-2 with a 3.72 ERA in nine games with the parent Rays. ... The Bulls are scheduled to start righthander J.D. Martin (7-2, 3.59) vs. Indianapolis lefty Kris Johnson (5-3, 3.62) when the teams meet at 1:35 p.m. today (WDNC 620 AM, MiLB.com). ... Tuesday night’s box score was not available in time for today’s paper because of the game’s late finish. It is posted at www.heraldsun.com.
Durham Bulls (38-21) 6, Indianapolis Indians (40-20) 2
June 4, 2013
|Anderson, Le, 1B||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.309|
|Beckham, T, SS||5||0||0||0||1||2||9||.278|
|Figueroa, C, 3B||5||1||2||1||0||0||2||.287|
|1-Ran for Anderson, Le in the 7th.|
2B: Figueroa, C (8, Cumpton), Anderson, Le (13, Cumpton), Belnome (18, Brown, B).
3B: Figueroa, C (3, Brown, B).
TB: Belnome 3; Apodaca; Duncan; Guyer 2; Bourgeois; Myers; Fontenot; Figueroa, C 5; Anderson, Le 2.
RBI: Apodaca 2 (8), Belnome 2 (36), Figueroa, C (29).
2-out RBI: Apodaca 2; Figueroa, C.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bourgeois; Beckham, T 2; Apodaca.
SAC: Figueroa, C.
GIDP: Fontenot, Beckham, T, Bourgeois, Figueroa, C.
Team RISP: 4-for-14.
Team LOB: 9.
E: Figueroa, C (5, fielding).
DP: 3 (Apodaca-Figueroa, C, Figueroa, C-Fontenot-Belnome, Fontenot-Beckham, T-Belnome).
|d'Arnaud, C, DH||5||0||0||0||1||1||3||.273|
|McDonald, Jo, SS||5||1||1||0||0||1||3||.200|
|De Jesus, 2B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.311|
|Harrison, J, 2B-SS||5||1||1||1||0||1||2||.295|
|1-Ford, D, PR-LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.226|
|Sanchez, T, C||6||0||0||0||0||0||9||.297|
|Brown, B, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|1-Ran for Hague in the 10th.|
2B: Goedert (16, Geltz).
3B: Harrison, J (1, Colome).
TB: Sands 2; Goedert 2; De Jesus; Harrison, J 3; McDonald, Jo; Hague 2; Pie; Carroll.
RBI: Harrison, J (20), Hague (37).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sanchez, T 4; d'Arnaud, C; Carroll 2; Goedert.
SAC: Harrison, J.
GIDP: McDonald, Jo, Sands.
Team RISP: 1-for-15.
Team LOB: 13.
CS: Sands (1, 3rd base by Colome/Apodaca).
E: Sanchez, T (9, throw), Carroll (3, fielding).
DP: 4 (Harrison, J-McDonald, Jo-Hague, Goedert-Hague, Harrison, J-Hague, McDonald, Jo-Harrison, J-Hague).
|Liberatore (W, 2-1)||3.0||2||0||0||1||1||0||4.33|
|Brown, B (L, 3-2)||2.2||5||4||4||0||3||0||6.14|
Yates pitched to 1 batter in the 9th.
HBP: Anderson, Le (by Cumpton), Duncan (by Cumpton), Hague (by Colome).
Pitches-strikes: Colome 87-48, Geltz 28-16, Lueke 25-21, Yates 3-2, Sandoval 22-11, Liberatore 44-23, Cumpton 88-55, Cordier 13-9, Welker 24-15, Severino 22-12, Brown, B 47-31.
Groundouts-flyouts: Colome 2-4, Geltz 1-2, Lueke 3-1, Yates 0-0, Sandoval 1-3, Liberatore 3-2, Cumpton 14-1, Cordier 1-0, Welker 4-0, Severino 1-0, Brown, B 3-2.
Batters faced: Colome 20, Geltz 8, Lueke 7, Yates 1, Sandoval 7, Liberatore 11, Cumpton 26, Cordier 3, Welker 8, Severino 4, Brown, B 13.
Inherited runners-scored: Sandoval 1-0, Brown, B 3-0.
Umpires: HP: Carlos Torres. 1B: Jeff Gosney. 3B: Ben May.
Weather: 77 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, In from RF.
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