BULLS ROCK BISONS
On a night when the Durham Bulls banged out 16 hits in a 10-2 victory over the Buffalo Bisons, Manager Charlie Montoyo was happiest afterward for a player who wasn’t even in uniform and for the guy who took his place in the lineup.
Scheduled Durham starter Alex Colome was called up to the parent Tampa Bay Rays late Tuesday, and the Bulls picked up veteran reliever Juan Sandoval from Montgomery to fill the roster.
“What a good kid — good kid with good stuff,” Montoyo said of Colome, who was called up to the Rays for the first time. “It was fun for me to tell him; he was very excited. I wish I could tell him in person, but it was a late call (Tuesday) night.”
Sandoval, who had not pitched as a starter since 2007, lasted two outs into the fourth inning while giving up two of the three hits the Bulls gave up to the No. 2-hitting team in the International League.
“I thought he was playing around,” Sandoval said of the conversation earlier Wednesday with Montoyo. “I’m tired right now, of course. ... A couple of days rest, I’ll be back out there.”
Sandoval had thrown no more than 40 pitches while being used mostly as a closer for Montgomery, posting 11 saves in 12 attempts.
Adam Liberatore came on in relief in the fourth and gave up one hit in 2 2/3 innings, followed by Corey Wade and Kirby Yates who combined to hold the Bisons hitless over the final eight outs.
“(Sandoval) was a closer in Montgomery, and I told him, ‘By the way, you’re going to start,’” Montoyo said. “And he said, ‘What?’ That was the key: He pitched to the fourth inning, and he pitched very well.
“We had Wade as an emergency, and we had to put him in and he gave us (three) outs. So it was a mix-and-match kind of (game). It was a big win when it comes to the pitching we had.”
Then there was Durham’s offense, including seven extra-base hits.
Leslie Anderson went 4-for-4, while Ryan Thompson, Jason Bourgeois, Mike Fontenot and Tim Beckham added two hits each for the Bulls.
“The offense, that’s fun to watch,” Montoyo said. “I told you guys that was coming; I didn’t know when it was coming. And I’m sure we’re not going to hit like this for the rest of the year, because baseball’s a tough game.
“But right now, it’s fun to watch guys swing the bat.”
The Bulls had only four hits off Bisons starter Claudio Vargas (3-5) before batting around in the fifth inning.
Fontenot started it off with the first of four extra-base hits by the Bulls, and he went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Beckham. Catcher Juan Apodaca followed with the third triple of his career, his first since July 30, 2007, when Sierra and right fielder Ricardo Nanita collided slightly and the ball rolled away.
Thompson’s single to right drove in Apodaca, and Thomspon stole second before an RBI single by Bourgeois. A double by Vince Belnome allowed Bourgeois to score from first, and Wil Myers’ double plated Belnome for a 6-2 Durham lead.
Thompson ripped the fourth pitch from Vargas past center fielder Moises Sierra for a triple, and Bourgeois’ sacrifice fly to right put the Bulls on the board in the first.
Ryan Goins tied the game in the top of the third with an inside-the-park-homer to right-center. Thompson leaped to try to grab the ball but fell as it caromed off the fence away from him in center field. Thompson chased down the ball in center field and threw it to the infield, but Beckham’s relay to the plate sailed over the reach of Apodaca as Goins slid home safely.
The Bulls batted around again in the eighth inning, highlighted by a two-run homer by Shelley Duncan and a two-run double by Bourgeois.
NOTES — Toronto Blue Jays righthander Josh Johnson (0-0, 0.00 ERA) is scheduled to make his third rehab start with Buffalo today at 7:05 p.m. against Durham’s J.D. Martin (6-2, 3.65). ... The Bulls will host Scranton-Wilkes Barre in a four-game series beginning Friday at 7:05 p.m.
Durham Bulls (33-20) 10, Buffalo Bisons (28-23) 2
May 29, 2013
Team ER: off Buffalo 10, off Durham 2.
BB: off Korecky (Belnome), off Sandoval (Thole), Liberatore 2 (LaRoche, Sierra), Wade (McCoy, M).
SO: by Vargas, C 4 (Belnome, Myers, Fontenot, Myers), Storey 4 (Duncan, Beckham, T, Thompson, Myers), by Sandoval (McCoy, M), Liberatore 2 (Jimenez, L, Gomez, M), Wade (Nanita), Yates 3 (Velez, Sierra, Gomez, M).
HB: Thompson (by Vargas, C).
Pitches-strikes: Vargas, C 91-60, Storey 36-26, Korecky 25-13, Sandoval 57-37, Liberatore 40-25, Wade 15-9, Yates 25-21.
Ejections: Buffalo Bisons Manager Marty Brown ejected by 3B umpire Ian Fazio (6th)
Umpires: HP: Brad Myers. 1B: Seth Buckminster. 3B: Ian Fazio.
Official Scorer: Brent Belvin.
Weather: 83 degrees, clear.
Wind: 7 mph, Out to LF.
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