Andriese, Moore lead Durham to win
The first batter Durham’s Matt Andriese faced on Monday night doubled and later scored.
From that inauspicious start, the Bulls right-hander turned in a start that helped his first-place team win and pleased his manager.
Facing a lefty-heavy Norfolk lineup, Andriese allowed just that one run over his seven innings of work as Durham beat the Tides 2-1 in International League baseball at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
After Julio Borbon doubled, moved to third on a ground out and scored on a sacrifice fly to give the Tides a 1-0 first-inning lead, Andriese (9-4) allowed just four more hits and no runs.
“The first inning you are just trying to get comfortable,” Andriese said. “You are just trying to get comfortable on the mound. After that I felt comfortable and settled in.”
Durham manager Charlie Montoyo liked the low-run effort from Andriese as well as his endurance. Andriese threw 104 pitches, with 63 going for strikes, to give Durham’s bullpen a rest.
“Great job by Andriese,” Montoyo said. “That’s a good lineup. To give them one run in the first and shut them down after that, he mixed all his pitches very well and did a good job.”
The IL South Division-leading Bulls (50-43) didn’t trail for long.
In the bottom of the first inning, after two were out, Mike Fontenot walked, moved to second on a Mikie Mahtook single and scored the tying run when Jeremy Moore lined a single to centerfield.
Moore gave Durham the lead in the fourth when he lead off the inning by blasting a home run deep into the bleachers in right-centerfield.
The 2-for-3 night, with both Durham RBIs, continued a solid stretch of hitting for Moore. He also homered in the Bulls’ 7-5 win over Norfolk on Sunday night.
Moore has reached base safely in 10 of his 11 games with Durham since being promoted from Double-A Montgomery on June 24. Moore has three home runs.
“Moore has been very good since he’s been here,” Montoyo said.
Andriese, who struck out five Norfolk batters, benefitted from good defense behind him as well. Shortstop Ray Olmedo started double plays in the fourth and fifth innings to short-circuit Norfolk rallies.
Andriese issued a lead-off walk in the seventh inning before retiring the next three Norfolk batters to complete his seven full innings of work. The Tides tried to make things difficult for him by loading their lineup with six left-handed batters and two switch-hitters.
But Andriese was up to the task.
“Being a righty, the numbers always prove that it’s better to have lefties in there,” Andriese said. “I’ve done pretty well against them this year relying on sinkers and change-ups. That’s what I did tonight.”
Adam Liberatore took over in the eighth inning, retiring all three Tides batters in order. He started the ninth with a strikeout before Josh Leuke took over to get the final two outs without allowing a base runner.
Notes – Monday night’s game was the final home game for the Bulls prior to the Triple-A All-Star Game, which will be played at the DBAP on July 16. The Triple-A Home Run Derby comes to the DBAP on Monday night. Home Run Derby participants will be announced today…The Bulls and Tides continue their two-city, four-game series tonight at Norfolk. Alex Colome, back from Tampa Bay, will start for the Bulls against Norfolk’s Tyler Wilson