Bulls storm back against Indianapolis
Indianapolis broke open its International League baseball game against Durham Thursday night with a four-run fifth inning.
The Bulls bounced back with something twice as nice to regain control of the game.
Durham’s eight-run, eight-hit rally in the bottom of the fifth inning erased a five-run deficit as the Bulls beat the Indians 10-7 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
“To come back and score eight like that, that was very good,” Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo said. “That was a great comeback right there.”
Indianapolis built a 7-2 lead against Durham pitcher Mike Montgomery, who walked three before allowing a two-run double in the fourth. In the fifth inning, an error by Durham first baseman Vince Belnome started the inning. Montgomery hit a batter, issued a walk and gave up a pair of two-run hits that allowed the Indians to lead by five.
The Bulls (42-25), though, had a breakout inning of their own that was far more productive.
After Belnome singled and Wil Myers struck out, seven consecutive Durham players reached base. Five came on hits.
Leslie Anderson drew a walk to put two runners on with one out. Shelley Duncan started the hit parade with a single to load the bases. Mike Fontenot cleared them with a double that pulled the Bulls with a pair of runs at 7-5.
Jesus Flores’ single brought in Fontenot. Cole Figueroa recorded Durham’s fourth consecutive hit and Indianapolis brought in Zack Thornton to replace Godfrey on the mound.
Things didn’t get much better as Thornton hit Brandon Guyer with a pitch to load the bases for the second time in the inning. The Bulls tied the game when Indians catcher Tony Sanchez’s passed ball allowed Flores to score.
Tim Beckham’s single down the left-field line brought in two more runs for a 9-7 Durham lead.
The Indians finally recorded the inning’s second out when Belnome struck out looks. But Myers drove in Durham’s eighth run of the inning, a single that scored Beckham for a 10-7 Bulls lead.
Montgomery was the benefactor of Durham’s jumbo inning. Despite allowing four hits, four walks and six runs (two earned) over his 3.1 innings of relief work, Montgomery (3-0) picked up the win since he was in the game when the Bulls regained the lead.
Alex Colome started on three days rest for the Bulls, whose pitching rotation was been thrown several curves this month by promotions to Tampa Bay. Limited to 44 pitches, Colome allowed only one run in 2.1 innings of work.
Five different Durham players had multi-hit games as the Bulls banged out 15 hits off five Indianapolis pitchers.
NOTES — The start of the game was delayed 34 minutes due to rain...The Bulls gained a pitcher to their staff on Thursday when Merrill Kelly arrived from Double-A Montgomery. Kelly, an eight-round pick by Tampa Bay in 2010, was 5-6 with a 4.15 ERA at Montgomery this season. He is in Triple-A for the first time in his career and is scheduled to make his Durham debut as starting pitcher for tonight’s 7:05 p.m. game. Left-hander Andy Oliver is the scheduled starter for Indianapolis…Jake Odorizzi is on his way back to Durham after spending the last two days with Tampa Bay. Odorizzi pitched 3 1/3 innings in relief for the Rays on Thursday night.
Bulls 10, Indians 7
d’Arnaud ss|5|1|0|0|Guyer cf|4|2|1|0
Harrison 2b|5|0|2|0|Beckham ss|5|2|2|2
Pie cf|4|1|0|0|Belnome 1b|5|1|2|0
Hague 1b|5|0|0|0|Myers rf|5|0|1|1
Goedert 3b|2|2|2|2|Anderson lf|3|1|2|0
Carroll lf|2|2|0|0|Duncan dh|4|1|1|0
Lambo dh|3|0|1|2|Fontenot 2b|4|1|2|3
Sanchez c|4|1|2|3|Flores c|5|1|1|1
Sands rf|4|0|0|0|Figueroa c 3b|4|1|3|0
E—Goedert, d’Arnaud, Montgomery, Belnome. DP—Indianapolis 1. LOB—Indianapolis 6, Durham 10. 2B—Sanchez, Lambo, Belnome, Fontenot, Beckham. 3B—Goedert. HR—Sanchez (8). SB—Guyer 2 (12), Beckham (6), d’Arnaud (5), Pie (24).
Godfrey (L, 5-4)|1.1|7|6|6|1|0
Montgomery (W, 3-0)|3.1|4|6|2|4|3
Beliveau (H, 3)|2.0|1|0|0|0|2
Yates (S, 4)|1.0|0|0|0|0|1
WP—Gomez 2. PB—Sanchez.
HBP—Pie (by Montgomery), Guyer (by Thornton). Umpires—HP, Doug Vines; 1B, Jon Byrne; 3B, Adam Hamari. T—3:21 (:34 delay). A—7,060.