Bulls shut out Braves again as Montoyo ties franchise wins mark
The Durham Bulls shut out the Gwinnett Braves for the second straight night Friday, the 1-0 win tying manager Charlie Montoyo with former Bulls skipper Bill Evers for the all-time franchise mark of 613.
The oddsmakers would have gladly taken your money if you’d cared to wager Friday’s Durham Bulls set-to at Gwinnett would end up a 1-0 shutout.
Bulls starter Nathan Karns (7-5) came into the game at Coolray Field with a 5.63 ERA, Braves starter Kanekoa Texeira (1-2) a slightly better 5.06.
But both starters were brilliant. Texeira struck out four, walked three and parsed out three hits and one unearned run before being relieved in the top of the seventh inning.
Joey Terdoslavich’s one-out single in the bottom of the seventh and a two-out walk to Mark Hamilton ended Karns’ night after 6-2/3 innings when he was replaced by Steve Geltz who got shortstop Elmer Reyes to fly out to end the two-on, two-out threat.
During his shutout stay on the mound, Karns struck out five, walked two and allowed three hits.
The Bulls snapped the scoreless Karns-Texeira duel in the fourth courtesy of an error by Gwinnett rightfielder Edward Salcedo.
Vince Belnome led off the inning with a walk and with one out, Jeremy Moore singled to right. Belnome came around to score on Salcedo’s error and Moore advanced to second on the error.
Geltz got out of a jam of his own making in the bottom of the eighth, walking Todd Cunningham with two outs. Cunningham stole second but Geltz got Philip Gosselin to ground out and end the threat.
Josh Lueke relieved Geltz to start the bottom of the ninth. He walked Terdoslavich to put the potential tying run on base with one out, bringing on Ozzie Martinez to pinch run.
That was all Lueke would allow as he picked up his sixth save and closed out the shutout.
NOTES — Bulls catcher Curt Casali was called up to the parent Tampa Rays on Friday and was replaced by catcher Mayo Acosto, who had been playing in the Short-Season Hudson Valley ... Jeremy Moore has hit safely in 16 of his first 17 games as a Bull and and extended his hitting streak to 10 games with his fourth-inning single. ... Durham second baseman Jay Nix (2 for 3), who had the game’s only extra-base hit, a double in the seventh, was the only player on either team with a multi-hit night. ... The International League South-leading Bulls now lead second-place Gwinnett by 11-1/2 games. ... The strong work by the Bulls relievers shouldn’t have come as a surprise. The bullpen had posted a 1.58 ERA over the Bulls’ previous 19 games (62-2/3 IP, 11 ER). In July, prior to Friday’s game, the unit had allowed just three earned runs in 34-2/3 — a 0.78 ERA.
Durham Bulls (55-44) 1, Gwinnett Braves (44-56) 0
July 18, 2014
|Nix, J, 2B||3||0||2||0||0||0||1||.244|
|Lee, H, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.203|
2B: Nix, J (13, Fisher, C).
TB: Moore; Olmedo; Nix, J 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lee, H; Nix, J; Moore; Solis.
Team RISP: 0-for-8.
Team LOB: 5.
|Cunningham, T, CF||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.272|
|Hamilton, M, DH||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.241|
|Fisher, C, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|1-Ran for Terdoslavich in the 9th.|
TB: Salcedo; Cunningham, T; Terdoslavich.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Boggs; Reyes; Gosselin.
Team RISP: 0-for-4.
Team LOB: 6.
SB: Cunningham, T (13, 2nd base off Geltz/Solis).
CS: Salcedo (5, 2nd base by Karns/Solis).
E: Salcedo (21, fielding).
|Karns (W, 7-5)||6.2||3||0||0||2||5||0||5.26|
|Geltz (H, 7)||1.1||0||0||0||1||1||0||2.70|
|Lueke (S, 6)||1.0||0||0||0||1||0||0||2.25|
|Texeira (L, 1-2)||6.0||3||1||0||3||4||0||3.95|
Pitches-strikes: Karns 96-63, Geltz 26-13, Lueke 15-10, Texeira 97-60, Fisher, C 23-15, Severino 12-9, Doyle 13-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Karns 7-5, Geltz 1-2, Lueke 1-1, Texeira 6-5, Fisher, C 1-0, Severino 0-0, Doyle 0-0.
Batters faced: Karns 24, Geltz 5, Lueke 4, Texeira 23, Fisher, C 4, Severino 3, Doyle 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Geltz 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Travis Carlson. 1B: Jonathan Bailey. 3B: Seth Buckminster.
Weather: 75 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 12 mph, In from LF.
Venue: Coolray Field.
July 18, 2014
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media