Tides send Bulls to day off with loss
Coming off a doubleheader sweep of the Norfolk Tides on Saturday and facing their first day off of the season, the Durham Bulls may have expected a little bit of a letdown in Sunday’s series finale.
That’s what they got, as the Tides banged out 14 hits off six Durham pitchers to take an 8-4 victory on Sunday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Much of the damage came from the bottom of the Tides lineup, where the No. 7 through 9 hitters combined for eight hits, five runs and five RBIs.
The decisive blow was struck by Russ Canzler, who had been hitless in nine at-bats against the Bulls in the homestand. His three-run double in the eighth broke the game open for an 8-3 Norfolk lead. Canzler was the International League most valuable player in 2012 while playing with the Bulls but left the Tampa Bay Rays organization as a free agent after the season.
“We did a pretty good job on him this whole series,” Bulls hitting coach and interim manager Dave Myers said. “We just needed to get him out one more time and we couldn’t do it. That kind of broke our backs.”
L.J. Hoes and Jonathan Schoop, batting seventh and eighth in the Tides’ lineup, had three hits, two runs and two RBIs each. No. 9 hitter Luis Exposito added two hits, a run and an RBI.
“We had opportunities to get key outs throughout the game to keep ourselves in the game, and we just weren’t able to do it tonight,” Myers said. “We had a couple of chances to get Schoop and Exposito out at the bottom of the lineup and weren’t able to make the pitches to get them out.”
Bulls starter Alex Colome (1-2) cruised through the first five outs, giving up a single that was erased when Trayvon Robinson was thrown out at second by Bulls catcher Chris Gimenez while trying to steal second.
But then Colome walked Yamaico Navarro, and Hoes and Schoop followed with back-to-back doubles for a 2-0 lead by the Tides.
Colome escaped the third after a leadoff triple by Jason Pridie bounced off the wall away from Bulls center fielder Brandon Guyer. Nuiman Romero topped the ball toward Bulls first baseman Leslie Anderson, and he threw home to catcher Chris Gimenez for the putout.
The Tides added a run in the fourth, as Navarro singled, then stole second as Colome’s second wild pitch of the game allowed him to take third. Hoes lofted a sacrifice fly to dirve in Navarro for a 3-0 advantage. Schoop drew a walk, stole second and went to third on another wild pitch, but Colome got out of the inning when Exposito flied out.
“About the fifth time I ran to the backstop, that was a good indication (of what type day it would be),” Gimenez said. “You’re going to have those days every once in a while, but try to keep those to a minimum the best you can.
“And really, that’s the first game we’ve had like that the whole year. I can’t complain too much.”
Vince Belnome singled, Mike Fontenot walked and Tim Beckham ripped a single through the right side of the infield to load the bases in the bottom of the fourth. Cole Figueroa drove the ball deep to center field to plate Belnome, and Rich Thompson’s sacrifice was mishandled by Tides starter Jair Jurrjens as Fontenot scored.
Brandon Guyer followed with an RBI single, but he was thrown out while trying to extend it to a double while the Bulls tied the score 3-3.
Norfolk regained the lead in the sixth with a two-out rally that yielded a pair of runs. Hoes slapped his second double of the day, ending the day for Colome, then scored on a single by Schoop, who took second on the throw to the plate. Exposito followed with an RBI single for a 5-3 lead by the Tides.
After Canzler’s double put the Tides in control, the Bulls cut into the lead in the bottom of the eighth when Norfolk reliever Daniel Schlereth walked the bases loaded and Cole Figueroa singled to right to drive in Gimenez. But Rich Thompson struck out and Guyer grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
“We hung around,” Myers said. “We the opportunity to score, bases loaded and nobody out and only pushed one across. We had the opportunity to really get back in the game right there.
“We didn’t get the key hit; we didn’t get the key outs (defensively).”
The Bulls (12-6) remain atop the South Division standings ahead of Norfolk (10-8) heading into a day off today.
“My last day off was Feb. 9, along with everybody else in big-league camp,” Myers said.
Gimenez, who has a 18-month-old son, was looking forward to time at home.
“We’ve kind of had some off days with rainouts, but it’s not a true off day,” Gimenez said. “At least we’re home now. Guys with families can be with their families. ... During the season, you don’t see them as much as you’d like to, so these are days you kind of cherish.
“He’s 18 months, so he’s basically like two kids right now. He does not sit still; he’s a typical boy. I mean, he’s into everything and throwing things and hitting things, so he’s right up to par — a chip off the old block.”
NOTES — The Bulls placed shortstop Hak-Ju Lee, who injured his right knee in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader sweep, on the seven-day disabled list. He was at Sunday’s game but is to fly to Tampa Bay for further examination. ... The Bulls added left-handed pitcher Jeff Beliveau to the roster in a transaction with the Texas Rangers and wasted no time testing their newest player. He pitched one inning, posting one walk and three strikeouts.
Tides 8, Bulls 4
Pridie cf|5|0|2|0|Thompson lf|4|0|1|1
Romero ss|3|1|0|0|Guyer cf|5|0|1|1
Canzler 1b|5|0|1|3|Myers rf|4|0|1|0
Valencia dh|5|0|0|0|Anderson 1b|4|0|1|0
Robinson rf|5|0|2|0|Gimenez c|3|1|0|0
Navarro 3b|4|2|1|0|Belnome 2b|4|1|1|0
Hoes lf|4|2|3|2|0|Fontenot dh|2|1|1|0
Schoop 2b|4|2|3|2|Beckham ss|4|1|2|0
Exposito c|5|1|2|1|Figueroa 3b|3|0|1|2
E—Jurrjens, Beckham. LOB—Norfolk 10, Durham 11. 2B—Hoes 2, Schoop, Canzler. 3B—Pridie. SF—Hoes, Figueroa. S—Thompson. SB—Navarro (1), Schoop (1), Myers (1), Thompson (6).
Jurrjens (W, 1-1)|6.2|7|3|3|4|2
Schlereth (H, 2)|1.0|1|1|1|3|2
Delcarmen (H, 2)|0.1|0|0|0|0|0
Colome (L, 1-2)|5.2|7|4|4|2|3
De Los Santos, F|0.2|0|0|0|0|0
Paduch pitched to 2 batters in the 6th.
WP —Colome 3. Umpires—HP, David Rackley; 1B, A.J. Johnson; 2B, Chad Whitson; 3B, Jon Saphire. T—3:47. A—7,878.