Hamburger burns Bulls as Durham falls 4-0
For all the fun and excitement Monday night’s record-breaking Durham Bulls win created, Tuesday night represented the hangover.
One night after the Bulls delivered a win that gave manager Charlie Montoyo the team’s all-time wins record, Durham struck out 13 times while suffering a quiet 4-0 defeat to Rochester at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Starting pitcher Mark Hamburger and relief pitcher Ryan Pressly mowed through the Durham lineup, allowing just five hits. First-place Durham (56-47) had two runners on in the same inning only twice all night.
“We have to make an adjustment,” said Montoyo, who held steady at 614 wins as Bulls manager. “We can’t be striking out that many times. They know it. All you can do is tell them.”
The Bulls struck out twice in six of the nine innings Tuesday night. They did that in each of the game’s final five innings.
Hamburger (2-1), a minor-league veteran who pitched in his 250th game outside of the big leagues, barely needed more than 100 pitches to clear his seven shutout innings. The 27-year-old right-hander Hamburger threw 103 pitches, with 67 (nearly 70 percent), going for strikes. He allowed only four hits, all singles, in his seven shutout innings.
Hamburger has just five big-league appearances on his resume, all coming in 2011 with Texas. Last season, he played independent ball in the American Association with the franchise in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he was born.
The Bulls made him look ready to return to the Major Leagues.
“It seems like everybody we’re facing goes long (into the game),” Montoyo said. “I’m going to say it’s more us than the other pitcher so I don’t want to give that guy too much credit. He probably pitched good, but it’s tough for me to tell.”
Only once, with two outs in the seventh inning, did Durham have two runners on base in the same inning against Hamburger. In that inning, Jeremy Moore and Wilson Betemit lined two-out singles. But Hamburger retired Jayson Nix on a groundout to third to keep Durham off the scoreboard.
The Red Wings took the lead off Bulls starter Matt Andriese in the second inning as Deibinson Romero doubled and Chris Rahl singled to start the inning. With runners at first and third, Daniel Ortiz hit into a double play as Romero scored for a 1-0 Red Wings lead.
Andriese wasn’t able to limit the damage again in the fifth inning when Rochester collected three doubles to score three runs and lead 4-0.
Andriese walked Pedro Florimon before Nate Hanson doubled to put runners at second and third with no outs. Florimon scored on a groundout and Andriese induced another groundout to put him on the verge of escaping the inning with just one run in.
But James Beresford and Josmil Pinto clubbed back-to-back doubles pushing the Red Wings’ lead to 4-0.
Jeremy Moore had one of the Bulls five hits. That means Moore has now reached base in 13 consecutive games and 19 of his last 20.
Notes: The Bulls and Rochester continue their four-game series tonight at 7:05 p.m. Nathan Karns (7-5, 5.26) starts for Durham with fellow right-hander Alex Meyer (5-4, 3.30) starting for the Red Wings...Left-handed relief pitcher Jeff Beliveau was recalled from Durham to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. He replaces Joel Peralta in the Tampa Bay bullpen. A virus landed Peralta on the disabled list. Beliveau produced a pair of scoreless, one-inning appearances in April with the Rays. In 30 appearances with Durham this season, Beliveau has pitched to an 0.50 ERA while converting 11 of 12 save opportunities.