Late Indians' home runs leave Bulls with 10-inning loss
The Durham Bulls pitching staff recorded 16 strikeouts Friday night against Indianapolis, but they also gave up 13 hits including three home runs in a 6-4 loss to the Indians in International League action at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Indianapolis designated hitter Brett Carroll blasted the second pitch he saw in the top of the 10th inning over the Blue Monster in left field, and two batters later, Jerry Sands slapped his sixth homer of the season off the Diamond View II building to cushion the lead.
Steve Geltz (3-2) took the loss for the Bulls after surrendering the pair of extra-inning homers. Tim Alderson (3-0) pitched the ninth inning for the Indians to pick up the win, while Duke Welker pitched the 10th for his second save.
The Bulls (42-26) had battled back from a 4-0 deficit to tie the score in the seventh, which Durham manager Charlie Montoyo said may have left players drained of energy late in the game.
"It does, even more at home with the crowd," Montoyo said of the emotional toll of coming from behind. "Then in the bottom of the ninth, we've got the right guys, like (Wil) Myers, coming up. There's always the chance of a walkoff, but it didn't happen.
"What are you gonna do? Get ready for tomorrow."
Jason Bourgeois and Vince Belnome had a pair of hits each to lead the Bulls, while Leslie Anderson had a hit and four walks before being lifted for a pinch runner in the seventh inning.
"(Anderson) mentioned the other day (that) he's seeing the ball pretty good," Montoyo said. "They're not throwing him strikes, so he's taking his walks."
Starting pitcher Merrill Kelly, who joined the Bulls on Thursday from double-A Montgomery, recorded 10 strikeouts but ran into trouble in the fifth inning before exiting in the sixth with the Indians leading 3-0.
Indianapolis put together a two-out rally in the fifth, as catcher Tony Sanchez singled and scored on a double by Jerry Sands to take the lead.
In the sixth, Chase d'Arnaud drew a leadoff walk and Matt Hague followed with a two-run homer on the first pitch from Kelly. Jared Goedert singled with one out to end the night for Kelly, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a double by Andrew Lambo off reliever Corey Wade.
The Bulls had scoring opportunities after two out in both the fourth and fifth innings. Anderson drew a walk and Jesus Flores followed with single in the fourth, but Mike Fontenot watched a third strike to end the threat.
In the fifth, Bourgeois drew a two-out walk and Tim Beckham followed with a single, but Oliver struck out Belnome to end that rally on the final batter he would face.
Durham finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth with help from a pair of Indianapolis errors. Wil Myers reached first when d'Arnaud bobbled his grounder at shortstop, and Anderson followed with a single. Jesus Flores lined out to second baseman Josh Harrison, who threw wildly to first while trying to double off Anderson to allow both runners to advance.
Fontenot struck out, but Cole Figueroa ripped a two-run single to center to drive in Myers and Anderson to cut the margin in half.
The Bulls evened the score in the seventh, as Beckham opened the rally with a one-out walk and scored on a triple by Belnome. Anderson walked with two out and was replaced by pinch runner Brandon Guyer. Indians reliever Erik Cordier threw three pitches to Flores at 100 mph or more, but the third got away from Sanchez to allow Belnome to slide home to tie the score 4-4.
Both the Indians and Bulls had scoring opportunities in the eighth inning but left runners on third. For Durham, Bourgeois slapped a two-out single, then Beckham drew a walk, and Bourgeois took third on a wild pitch. But Cordier settled down to strike out Belnome to end the inning.
Indianapolis |AB |R |H |RBI || Durham |AB |R |H |RBI |BB
Harrison, J, 2B |6 |0 |1 |0 | Bourgeois, CF |5 |0 |2 |0 |
d'Arnaud, C, SS |4 |1 |0 |0 | Beckham, T, SS |3 |1 |1 |0 |
Hague, 1B |5 |1 |3 |2 | Belnome, 1B |5 |1 |2 |1 |
Pie, CF |5 |0 |2 |0 | Myers, RF |5 |1 |0 |0 |
Goedert, 3B |5 |1 |1 |0 | Anderson, Le, LF |1 |1 |1 |0 |
Lambo, LF |5 |0 |1 |1 |Guyer, PR-LF |1 |0 |0 |0
Carroll, DH |4 |1 |2 |1 | Flores, J, DH |4 |0 |1 |0 |
Sanchez, T, C |4 |1 |1 |0 | Fontenot, 2B |5 |0 |0 |0 |0
Sands, RF |5 |1 |2 |2 | Figueroa, C, 3B |5 |0 |1 |2 |
|||| Albernaz, C |4 |0 |0 |0 |
Totals |43 |6 |13 |6 | Totals |38 |4 |8 |3 |
Indianapolis|000|013|000|2 – 6
Durham|000|002|200|0 – 4
E: d'Arnaud, C 2 (3), Harrison, J (3), Albernaz (2), Myers (2). LOB – Indianapolis 10, Durham 12. 2B: Sands (9), Lambo (2), Carroll (8). 3B: Belnome (2). HR: Hague (6), Carroll (12), Sands (6).
Indianapolis |IP |H |R |ER |BB |SO ||
Oliver, A |5.0 |4 |0 |0 |3 |7 |
Brown, B |1.2 |3 |4 |1 |1 |2 |
Severino |0.0 |0 |0 |0 |1 |0 |
Cordier (BS, 1) |1.1 |1 |0 |0 |2 |2 |
Alderson (W, 3-0) |1.0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |1 |
Welker (S, 2) |1.0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |
Durham |IP |H |R |ER |BB |SO ||
Kelly, M |5.1 |6 |4 |4 |1 |10 |
Wade |1.2 |3 |0 |0 |1 |0 |
Lueke |2.0 |2 |0 |0 |1 |4 |
Geltz (L, 3-2) |1.0 |2 |2 |2 |0 |2 |
WP: Cordier, Kelly, M, Wade, Lueke. HBP: Albernaz (by Welker). T: 4:10. A: 9,565.