Martin picks up 14th win as Bulls top Toledo

Aug. 01, 2013 @ 11:28 PM

Yet another strong starting from International League all-star J.D. Martin and the Durham bullpen’s usual strong work led the Bulls to a win on Thursday night.

Martin allowed one run over six innings and Durham’s relievers shut out Toledo from there as the Bulls posted a 2-1 International League win over the Mud Hens.

Martin (14-4), who leads the International League in wins, allowed nine hits over his six innings. But he struck out four as the Mud Hens, 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position, tallied only a lone second-inning run.

Durham scored all the runs it would need in the sixth inning, turning three hits and three walks into a two-run rally.

Tim Beckham started the rally against Toledo’s Jose Alvarez, drawing a one-out walk. Beckman moved to second on Cole Figueroa’s single.

Jason Bourgeois followed with a line-drive single to centerfield that drove in Beckham to tie the game at 1.

Alvarez proceeded to walk Vince Belnome to load the bases and Chris Gimenez to force in the eventual game-winning run.

Martin shut down Toledo in the bottom of the sixth but not without a scare. Danny Worth tripled with one out, giving the Mud Hens the tying run at third. But Martin struck out Argenis Diaz looking before snaring Gustavo Nunez’s sharp grounder up the middle and throwing him out at first to escape the jam.

Brandon Gomes, the Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher, made his first appearance for Durham as part of his injury rehabilitation assignment. He struck out all three Toledo batters he faced, one swinging and two on called third strikes.

Adam Liberatore started the eighth inning, retiring the only batter he faced, before Kirby Yates handled the last five outs. Yates issued one walk and struck out two as he recorded his 15th save.

The Bulls close their four-game series at Toledo and the road trip with a 7:05 p.m. game tonight. After that game, the Bulls return to Durham to begin a nine-game homestand on Saturday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Saturday’s 7:05 p.m. game is against Gwinnett.

   

Durham |AB |R |H |RBI || Toledo |AB |R |H |RBI ||

Beckham, SS |2 |1 |1 |0 | Russo, CF |4 |0 |1 |1 |

Figueroa, 3B |4 |1 |1 |0 | Lennerton, 1B|4 |0 |0 |0

Bourgeois, LF|4 |0 |1 |1 | Cervenak, DH|4 |0 |2 |0 |

Belnome, 1B |3 |0 |1 |0 | Dorn, LF |4 |0 |1 |0 |

Gimenez, C |3 |0 |0 |1 | Guez, RF |4 |0 |1 |0 |

Fontenot, 2B |4 |0 |1 |0 | Holaday, C |4 |1 |1 |0 |

Duncan, DH |4 |0 |0 |0 | Worth, 3B |3 |0 |2 |0 |

Kiermaier, CF 4 |0 |0 |0 | Diaz, A, SS |3 |0 |0 |0 |

Frey, RF |3 |0 |0 |0 | Nunez, G, 2B |4 |0 |1 |0 |

Totals |31 |2 |5 |2 | Totals |34 |1 |9 |1 |

 

Durham|000|002|000 – 2

Toledo|010|000|000 – 1

 

E: Beckham, T (20, throw). DP: Durham 3. LOB: Durham 6, Toledo 8. 2B: Beckham, T (20, Bonderman). 3B: Worth (2, Martin, J).

 

Durham |IP |H |R |ER |BB |SO | |

Martin, J (W, 14-4) |6.0 |9 |1 |1 |1 |4 |

Gomes, B (H, 1) |1.0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |3 |

Liberatore (H, 8) |0.1 |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |

Yates (S, 15) |1.2 |0 |0 |0 |1 |2 |

Toledo |IP |H |R |ER |BB |SO ||

Alvarez, Jo (L, 7-5) |5.1 |3 |2 |2 |4 |2 |

Bonderman  |2.2 |2 |0 |0 |0 |0 |

Putkonen  |1.0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |1 |

 

T: 2:54.Att: 8,562