Bullpen team effort allows Durham to gain split
After Durham’s bats were silent in Monday’s first game, the Bulls bullpen went about keeping Columbus’ bats quiet in the second game of a doubleheader.
With Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo asking his bullpen to take care of game two, the relievers did the job in a 5-0 International League game at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
In the first game of the doubleheader, Columbus limited Durham to four hits in a 2-1 win.
In the nightcap, the Bulls turned the tables by shutting down the Clippers. Columbus managed only two hits off four Durham pitchers.
Cory Wade and Adam Liberatore (4-1) each covered the first two innings. C.J. Riefenhauser tossed 1 2/3 innings, striking out three and allowing no hits, before Josh Leuke handled the final 1 1/3 innings of the combined shutout.
Together, they allowed only two singles and issued two walks while striking out seven Clippers.
“The bullpen was outstanding,” Montoyo said. “We just did that two days ago in (a doubleheader at) Lehigh Valley. Cory Wade gave us two innings that night. He gave us two more. Liberatore was very good and it was good to see the new kid, C.J. He pitched pretty well.”
The bullpen game became necessary because Alex Colome, a right-handed pitcher sent down from Tampa Bay over the weekend, is out with a mild strain of his elbow. So Durham is moving each pitcher in its rotation back a day to help cover for Colome being unavailable later this week.
While the Bulls pitchers were stout in game two, former Major League pitcher Boof Bonser (0-1) struggled for Columbus against the Bulls hitters. Durham strafed the former Minnesota, Boston and Oakland pitcher for eight hits and five runs over 4 2/3 innings.
The Bulls took the lead in the third inning with three hits. Jesus Flores’ RBI double gave Durham a 1-0 lead. The inning could have been more productive but the Bulls had two runners thrown out by Columbus centerfielder Ezequiel Carrerra as they attempted to reach third base.
Three hits and a walk lead to three more Durham runs in the fourth inning. Shelley Duncan had an RBI double and Leslie Anderson added a run-scoring single in the inning.
Duncan had three hits and two RBIs in the doubleheader.
In the first game, Columbus shut down the Bulls behind starting pitcher Danny Salazar. The hard-throwing, 23-year-old right-hander held Durham scoreless on two hits over his five innings of work.
Salazar routinely pumped his fastball over at 96 mph and the Bulls could only manage singles from Cole Figueroa in the first and Duncan in the second inning.
Durham’s Mike Montgomery took the loss despite throwing a complete game in the seven-inning contest. A left-hander, Montgomery allowed seven hits.
Columbus took the lead in the second when Chun-Hsiu Chen singled. He reached second safely when Durham second baseman Mike Fontenot failed to touch second on Juan Diaz’s apparent double-play ground ball.
The next batter, Matt Carson singled to centerfield to drive in Chen for a 1-0 Clippers lead.
In the sixth inning, consecutive doubles by Jeremy Hermedia and Chen produced the run that put Columbus up 2-0. That proved pivotal.
In the bottom of the seventh against 32-year-old relief pitcher Clay Rapada, Tim Beckham singled with one out. After Vince Belnome was called out on strikes, Duncan sliced a double up the gap in left-centerfield driving in Beckham to slice Columbus’ lead to 2-1.
Representing the winning run, Anderson grounded out to second to end the game.
Notes – The first game of the doubleheader was delayed 23 minutes by rain…The crowd of 2,946 is Durham’s smallest at the DBAP this season…The Bulls raised $3,455 for the Susan G. Koman Foundation by auctioning off the special pink jerseys they wore during Saturday night’s game with Columbus…The Bulls and Columbus complete their four-game series with a single game tonight at 7:05 p.m. Former Major Leaguer Daisuke Matsuzaka is the scheduled starter for the Clippers with Merrill Kelly starting for the Bulls.
Columbus |AB |R |H |RBI || Durham |AB |R |H |RBI ||
Fedroff, LF |3 |0 |1 |0 | Figueroa, 3B |3 |0 |1 |0
Carrera, RF |2 |0 |0 |0 | Beckham, SS |3 |1 |1 |0 |
Phelps, C, 2B |2 |0 |0 |0 | Belnome, 1B |3 |0 |0 |0 |
Hermida, DH |3 |1 |1 |0 | Duncan, LF |3 |0 |2 |1 |
Chen, 1B |3 |1 |2 |1 | Frey, PR |0 |0 |0 |0 |
Diaz, 3B |3 |0 |1 |0 | Anderson, RF |3 |0 |0 |0|
Carson, CF |3 |0 |2 |1 | Gimenez, C |2 |0 |0 |0 |
Hernandez, SS|2 |0 |0 |0 | Fontenot, 2B |2 |0 |0 |0|
Perez, R, C |3 |0 |0 |0 | Guyer, CF |2 |0 |0 |0 |
|||| Flores, J, DH |2 |0 |0 |0 |
Totals |24 |2 |7 |2 | Totals |23 |1 |4 |1 |
E – Fontenot. LOB – Columbus 4, Durham 1, DP – Columbus 2, Durham 1.
2B – Hermida (10), Chen (4), Duncan (11).
Columbus |IP |H |R |ER |BB |SO ||
Salazar (W, 2-2) |5.0 |2 |0 |0 |0 |2 |
Langwell (H, 3) |1.2 |2 |1 |1 |0 |3 |
Rapada (S, 2) |0.1 |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |
Durham |IP |H |R |ER |BB |SO ||
Montgomery, M (L, 4-2) |7.0 |7 |2 |1 |1 |5 |
WP – Montgomery, M 2. PB: Gimenez (2).
Bulls 5, Clippers 0
Fedroff lf|3|0|0|0|Frey cf|2|0|0|0
Carrera cf|2|0|1|0|Guyer rf|2|1|1|1
Phelps 2b|3|0|0|0|Belnome 1b|1|1|0|0
Hermida rf|3|0|1|0|Duncan lf|3|1|2|1
Chen 1b|3|0|0|0|Anderson dh|2|0|1|1
Spears 3b|3|0|0|0|Beckham ss|3|0|0|0
Carson dh|1|0|0|0|Fontenot 2b|3|0|1|0
Rohlinger ss|2|0|0|0|Figueroa 3b|3|2|2|0
Santos c|2|0|0|0|Flores c|1|0|1|1
DP—Columbus 3, Durham 1. LOB—Columbus 3, Durham 3. 2B—Flores, Duncan. S—Frey. SF—Guyer. SB—Guyer (17).
Bonser (L, 0-1)|4.2|8|5|5|2|2
Liberatore (W, 4-1)|2.0|0|0|0|1|3
WP—Bonser. Umpires—HP, Seth Buckminster; 1B, Ian Fazio; 3B, Brad Myers. T—1:58. A—2,946.