Bourgeois' proletarian walk-off lifts Bulls in 11
Jason Bourgeois took full advantage of his second chance to be Durham’s baseball hero on Tuesday night.
After grounding out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning with the score tied, Bourgeois singled in a similar situation in the 11th inning to lift Durham past Toledo 4-3 in International League baseball at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Hitless in five at bats entering the 11th inning, Bourgeois lined a hard single to centerfield allowing Brandon Guyer to trot home with the game-winning run before a crowd of 3,504.
“I had a chance to earlier knock the run in (in the 9th inning) but it was a good sinkerball,” Bourgeois said. “He happened to leave a pitch up. I just tried to stay simple and I came up with a good result.”
Dave Myers, Durham’s hitting coach, said Bourgeois’ experience Tuesday night is a good lesson for the entire team.
“He had one hit on the night and it happens to be the game-winner, which should prove to some of the younger guys that the night’s not over until your last at-bat is finished,” said Myers, who is serving as Durham’s acting manager while Charlie Montoyo is away dealing with a family illness.
The Bulls’ seven hits were one fewer than Toledo. But four of Durham’s hits came in the ninth and 11th innings.
Trailing 3-2 entering the ninth, Chris Gimenez started a rally with a one-out single. After Guyer walked, Cole Figueroa lined an RBI double down the right-field line to tie the game at 3-3 and put the winning run at third with one out.
After Tim Beckham was walked to set up a force play, Rich Thompson hit a ground ball to second and the Mud Hens forced Guyer at home.
Bourgeois was retired on a groundball to shortstop sending the game into extra innings.
In the 11th, Gimenez again ignited the rally, this time with a lead-off double. Guyer drew a walk and Figueroa was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs.
Beckham’s groundball to second base led to a force out and home and when Thompson struck out, the Bulls were close to squandering the game-winning opportunity.
Bourgeois didn’t let that happen.
“I wanted to be aggressive and confident and I was happy to get a pitch I could handle,” Bourgeois said.
Toledo jumped ahead in the first inning, scoring twice off Durham starting pitcher J.D. Martin.
Ben Guez smacked a solo home run and, after Jordan Lennerton drew a two-out walk, John Lindsey’s RBI double made it 2-0 Mud Hens.
Durham struck back in the bottom of the first against Toledo pitcher Jose Alvarez. Mike Fontenot was hit by a pitch. He moved up on a Wil Myers single and, with two outs, Chris Gimenez sliced the Mud Hens’ lead in half with an RBI single to make it 2-1.
The Bulls tied the game in the third with an unearned run.
Fontenot reached with one out when Toledo second baseman Gustavo Nunez fielded his ground ball but slipped and fell without throwing the ball to first. Nunez was credited with an error.
Wil Myers lined a double down the left-field line, putting runners at second and third. Leslie Anderson’s groundball to second base allowed Fontenot to score for a 2-2 tie.
But Myers’ hit was the last one the Bulls would get until the ninth inning as Alvarez and two Toledo relief pitchers stymied their bats.
Toledo pitchers retired 15 consecutive Durham batters from the third to eighth inning before Myers drew a two-out walk.
Meanwhile, Toledo took a 3-2 lead in the top of the eighth inning when Nick Castellanos hit a long home run to left field of Durham relief pitcher Steve Geltz.
After Geltz gave up the eighth-inning home run, the Durham’s bullpen shut down Toledo. Kirby Yates tossed two perfect innings, striking out four, before Lueke struck out two in a scoreless 11th inning.
NOTES — The Bulls and Mud Hens play a matinee today at 1:05 p.m. Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 3.18) looks for his first win with the Bulls while Shawn Hill (0-1, 2.22) starts for Toledo. … Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo is scheduled to return to Durham today and be back on the job for the Bulls’ Thursday night game with the Mud Hens. Montoyo has been away from the team since April 11 to be with his family. Montoyo’s 5-year-old son, Alex, had heart surgery at UCLA Medical Center on April 15. Dave Myers, the Bulls’ hitting coach, has served as interim manager while Montoyo has been in California.
Two out when winning run scored.
|Castellanos, N, LF||5||1||1||1||0||2||0||.228|
|Diaz, A, SS||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.228|
|Nunez, G, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.236|
2B: Lindsey (3, Martin, J), Diaz, A (4, Martin, J), Holaday (3, Lueke).
HR: Guez (2, 1st inning off Martin, J, 0 on, 1 out), Castellanos, N (1, 8th inning off Geltz, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Guez 4; Castellanos, N 4; Holaday 3; Lennerton; Lindsey 2; Diaz, A 3.
RBI: Guez (6), Lindsey (4), Castellanos, N (6).
2-out RBI: Lindsey.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Russo 2; Holaday; Berry.
Team RISP: 1-for-6.
Team LOB: 7.
E: Nunez, G (2, fielding).
|Anderson, Le, 1B||5||0||0||1||0||2||3||.292|
|Figueroa, C, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||1||0||.321|
|Beckham, T, SS||4||0||0||0||1||2||3||.250|
2B: Myers (3, Alvarez, Jo), Figueroa, C (2, Todd), Gimenez (4, Hoffman).
TB: Gimenez 4; Bourgeois; Myers 3; Figueroa, C 2.
RBI: Gimenez (5), Anderson, Le (15), Figueroa, C (9), Bourgeois (13).
2-out RBI: Gimenez; Bourgeois.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Guyer 2; Bourgeois 2.
Team RISP: 4-for-12.
Team LOB: 10.
CS: Myers (1, 2nd base by Ortega, J/Holaday).
E: Anderson, Le (1, fielding).
Outfield assists: Bourgeois (Diaz, A at 2nd base).
|Ortega, J (H, 2)||1.0||0||0||0||1||1||0||0.00|
|Todd (BS, 1)||2.0||2||1||1||2||2||0||2.89|
|Hoffman (L, 0-1)||0.2||2||1||1||1||1||0||3.18|
|Lueke (W, 2-0)||1.0||1||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
WP: Alvarez, Jo.
IBB: Guyer (by Hoffman).
HBP: Lindsey (by Martin, J), Fontenot (by Alvarez, Jo), Figueroa, C (by Hoffman).
Pitches-strikes: Alvarez, Jo 97-64, Faulk 21-12, Ortega, J 20-10, Todd 41-24, Hoffman 24-12, Martin, J 92-54, Geltz 25-18, Yates 25-18, Lueke 16-12.
Groundouts-flyouts: Alvarez, Jo 8-3, Faulk 0-0, Ortega, J 0-1, Todd 3-0, Hoffman 1-0, Martin, J 9-6, Geltz 1-0, Yates 1-1, Lueke 1-0.
Batters faced: Alvarez, Jo 24, Faulk 3, Ortega, J 3, Todd 10, Hoffman 6, Martin, J 26, Geltz 7, Yates 6, Lueke 4.
Ejections: Toledo Mud Hens Manager Phil Nevin ejected by HP umpire A. J. Johnson (11th)
Umpires: HP: A.J. Johnson. 1B: Chad Whitson. 3B: Jon Saphire.
Weather: 67 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 1 mph, R to L.