Bulls' comeback falls short in ninth at Gwinnett
For the third straight night, Saturday’s Bulls-Braves showdown looked like it would end in a shutout.
The Bulls managed to get on the scoreboard and actually put the potential tying runs on base in their last at-bat, but couldn’t get it done, falling 3-1.
The Bulls had won the opening two games of the series 7-0 and 1-0 at Coolray Field.
Gwinnett plated its first run against the Bulls in the series in the third inning to take a 1-0 lead. Ozzie Martinez singled, was sacrificed to second and came in on an RBI single by Phillip Gosselin.
The Bulls had shut out the Braves in the opening two games of the four-game series.
Bulls’ starter Alex Colomé (4-3) got in trouble again in the bottom of the fifth, walking the first two batters he faced, but got Todd Cunningham to line out on a sacrifice bunt try and fanned Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis — who’s on an injury rehab assignment — for the second out, but walked Gosselin to load the bases.
Colomé escaped his self-imposed jam getting Joey Terdoslavich to ground out to end the inning.
Hard-luck loser Colomé struck out eight, walked three and gave up only four hits — all singles — in six innings before giving way to Brandon Gomes in the bottom of the seventh.
Braves’ starter Gus Schlosser (6-5) was masterful in the victory, striking out seven in seven shutout innings, while walking one and giving up just four singles himself.
The Bulls’ comeback chances slipped exponentially in the bottom of the eighth when relief pitcher Jeff Beliveau, who replaced Gomes to open the inning, gave up base hits to Gosselin and Terdoslavich to open the frame.
Beliveau looked like he might escape the jam when he recorded back-to-back strikeouts, but Scott Kazmar doubled past centerfielder Justin Christian to score a pair and give Gwinnett a 3-0 lead.
Durham made a lot of noise in the top of the ninth as Jason Nix tripled home Jeremy Moore, who’d walked, and Wilson Betemit walked with one out. Reliever Juan Jaime fanned Mike Fontenot, but walked Ray Olmedo to load the bases with two down.
Pedro Beato came on to face catcher Mayo Acosto — just called up from Short-Season Hudson Valley Friday — and got him to pop to short for the final out.
NOTES — Lefty Triple-A All-Star Mike Montgomery (9-1, 3.21) gets the start for the Bulls today in the finale of their series at Coolray Park (2:05 p.m., WDNC-AM 620) against fellow lefty Daniel Rodriguez (4-11, 5.24). ... The Bulls return to Durham Athletic Park Monday to open a four-game series against visiting Rochester. Each of the games begins at 7:05. ... Monday’s game marks the Bulls first in Durham since hosting the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday. ... Beliveau’s ERA climbed to a still-miniscule 1.50 after giving up the two runs in the eighth. ... The loss snapped a five-game Bulls’ win streak. The International League South-leading Bulls are now 10-1/2 games ahead of second-place Gwinnett.
Gwinnett Braves (45-56) 3, Durham Bulls (55-45) 1
July 19, 2014
|Nix, J, 3B||4||0||3||1||0||0||0||.256|
|Acosta, M, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.139|
|Gomes, B, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|1-Ran for Betemit in the 9th.|
2B: Nix, J (14, Schlosser).
3B: Nix, J (1, Jaime).
TB: Price 2; Nix, J 6.
RBI: Nix, J (16).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Betemit; Christian; Acosta, M 2.
SAC: Acosta, M.
GIDP: Christian, Fontenot.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 8.
E: Olmedo (10, throw).
|Cunningham, T, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.270|
|Hamilton, M, DH||3||0||0||0||0||3||1||.238|
|a-Struck out for Hamilton, M in the 8th.|
2B: Kazmar (8, Beliveau).
TB: Boggs; Martinez 2; Kazmar 2; Gattis; Gosselin 2; Terdoslavich.
RBI: Gosselin (31), Kazmar 2 (14).
2-out RBI: Gosselin; Kazmar 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Terdoslavich 3; Salcedo.
SAC: Cunningham, T.
Team RISP: 2-for-11.
Team LOB: 8.
SB: Salcedo (9, 2nd base off Colome/Acosta, M).
E: Kazmar (3, fielding).
DP: 2 (Martinez-Kazmar-Terdoslavich 2).
|Colome (L, 4-3)||6.0||4||1||1||3||8||0||3.55|
|Schlosser (W, 6-5)||7.0||4||0||0||1||7||0||3.65|
|Avilan (H, 1)||1.0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Jaime (H, 1)||0.2||1||1||1||3||2||0||4.18|
|Beato (S, 3)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.90|
Pitches-strikes: Colome 91-61, Gomes, B 16-11, Beliveau 20-14, Schlosser 93-59, Avilan 13-5, Jaime 27-12, Beato 4-4.
Groundouts-flyouts: Colome 5-3, Gomes, B 1-0, Beliveau 0-0, Schlosser 10-2, Avilan 2-0, Jaime 0-0, Beato 0-0.
Batters faced: Colome 25, Gomes, B 4, Beliveau 6, Schlosser 25, Avilan 4, Jaime 6, Beato 1.
Inherited runners-scored: Beato 3-0.
Umpires: HP: Jonathan Bailey. 1B: Seth Buckminster. 3B: Travis Carlson.
Weather: 71 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 9 mph, L to R.
Venue: Coolray Field.
July 19, 2014
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media