Wang, RailRiders snap Bulls' 5-game win streak
One pitcher with big league experienced faced another Saturday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
In this case, the veteran proved the more effective choice as Durham saw its five-game winning streak end.
While Bulls starter Jake Odorizzi struggled in his return to Triple-A, Chien-Ming Wang stifled Durham for seven innings in a 9-1 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre International League win before a crowd of 9,093.
The RailRiders (25-29) slugged 14 hits, with Odorizzi allowing eight of them. Two of the hits Odorizzi gave up were solo home runs.
“He never had command,” Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo said. “He struggled the whole time. We were on the field so long. He didn’t have it. His body language didn’t look very good.”
The last two times he pitched, Odorizzi wore a Tampa Bay Rays uniform. He received a pair of no-decisions in two starts in the big leagues, including last Monday’s game at Miami, before being reassigned to Durham.
He allowed eight hits and six runs in four innings against the Marlins before being sent back to Durham.
Making his first appearance for the Bulls (35-21) since May 15, Odorizzi (4-1) wasn’t effective as he suffered his first Triple-A loss of the season. Odorizzi allowed baserunners in all five innings in which he appeared, needing 95 pitches in his 4 2/3 innings of work.
“Maybe because he didn’t have the command maybe he was mad about that,” Montoyo said. “He didn’t look right from the beginning.”
Odorizzi left the Bulls clubhouse before the media was able to conduct interviews.
He started the game with a bang, striking out the first two Scranton/Wilkes-Barre batters.
But Zoilo Almonte ended that fun with a long home run to right-center to put the RailRiders up 1-0.
After Odorizzi worked around two walks in the second inning, his throwing error started a rally in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre third inning. Melky Mesa’s two-run homer to center gave the RailRiders a 3-0 lead.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre chased Odorizzi while scoring a run in the fifth before taking a 5-0 lead with two hits and a walk off reliever Adam Liberatore in the sixth inning.
A four-run seventh-inning outburst turned the game into a blowout and drove Liberatore from the game.
Liberatore had a rough outing, allowing five hits and five runs over 1 2/3 innings with three walks and no strikeouts.
Twice a 19-game winner with the New York Yankees in 2006-07 before injuries derailed his career, Wang (4-4) pitched a solid game for the RailRiders.
Touching 92 mph on his sinking fastball, Wang scattered six hits over his seven shutout innings. He only walked one batter while striking out two.
“(He) was dealing,” Montoyo said. “We were spending too much time on the field and the other guy was dealing. He’s having a good year.”
Mesa each had three hits, with a home run, for the RailRiders while Ronnier Mustelier also had three hits for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
“We didn’t pitch as well today and their guy pitched really well,” Montoyo said. “I have to give him credit. He had our number. He had good sinking action on his fastball. We were making a lot of groundballs.”
NOTES — By winning 35 of their first 55 games this season entering Saturday night’s game, the Bulls were off to their best start since the 2009 team that won the Governor’s Cup. Their record of 35-20 had the Bulls 15 or more games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2011 season … Durham and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre continue their four-game series with a 5:05 p.m. game today before the series ends with a 1:05 p.m. game on Monday. Left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery will start today for Durham. The RailRiders have listed right-hander Brett Marshall (2-3, 6.81) as today’s starter with right-hander Kelvin Perez (0-3, 6.06) starting on Monday.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (25-29) 9, Durham Bulls (35-21) 1
June 1, 2013
|Johnson, D, 1B||5||1||2||1||0||1||1||.213|
|Bell, J, DH||1||1||0||0||4||0||0||.245|
|Wilson, Bo, C||3||0||2||2||1||0||0||.190|
|Gonzalez, Al, SS||3||1||0||0||1||1||4||.182|
|Montgomery, M, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Maruszak (11, Liberatore).
HR: Almonte (6, 1st inning off Odorizzi, 0 on, 2 out), Mesa (6, 3rd inning off Odorizzi, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Mustelier 3; Maruszak 2; Neal; Wilson, Bo 2; Almonte 5; Johnson, D 2; Mesa 6.
RBI: Almonte (34), Mesa 3 (19), Johnson, D (22), Maruszak 2 (14), Wilson, Bo 2 (18).
2-out RBI: Almonte; Johnson, D.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gonzalez, Al; Maruszak 2.
GIDP: Johnson, D, Maruszak, Gonzalez, Al.
Team RISP: 5-for-8.
Team LOB: 6.
CS: Mustelier (2, 2nd base by Odorizzi/Albernaz).
Outfield assists: Mesa (Guyer at 3rd base).
DP: 2 (Maruszak-Gonzalez, Al, Maruszak-Johnson, D).
|Anderson, Le, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.315|
|Figueroa, C, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.285|
TB: Thompson; Belnome; Guyer 3; Fontenot; Figueroa, C; Anderson, Le.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Figueroa, C 2; Thompson.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
Team LOB: 7.
SB: Figueroa, C (2, 2nd base off Wang/Wilson, Bo).
E: Odorizzi (1, throw).
PB: Albernaz (2).
DP: 4 (Figueroa, C-Fontenot-Anderson, Le, Fontenot-Figueroa, C-Anderson, Le, Figueroa, C-Albernaz-Belnome, Wade-Fontenot-Anderson, Le).
|Wang (W, 4-4)||7.0||6||0||0||1||2||0||2.33|
|Odorizzi (L, 4-1)||4.2||8||4||3||3||5||2||4.01|
WP: Wang, Odorizzi, Liberatore.
HBP: Apodaca (by Montgomery, M).
Pitches-strikes: Wang 87-57, Betances 23-14, Montgomery, M 19-12, Odorizzi 94-60, Liberatore 41-21, Wade 19-13, Albernaz 16-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Wang 9-4, Betances 0-1, Montgomery, M 0-1, Odorizzi 5-2, Liberatore 0-2, Wade 2-0, Albernaz 0-2.
Batters faced: Wang 26, Betances 4, Montgomery, M 5, Odorizzi 23, Liberatore 11, Wade 5, Albernaz 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Liberatore 2-0, Wade 2-2.
Umpires: HP: David Soucy. 1B: Max Guyll. 3B: Will Little.
Weather: 86 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, R to L.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media