Bulls' win streak ended by one big inning

Jul. 06, 2013 @ 12:20 AM

After dominating Norfolk on the Fourth of July in front of a record crowd, the Durham Bulls suffered a post-holiday hangover on Friday.
The Tides scored four runs in the third inning and the Bulls didn’t record an extra-base hit in a 5-1 loss at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Despite playing in front of a second straight sellout, Durham (55-34) failed to match its season high with a fifth straight win, and Norfolk (47-41) moved back to within 7.5 games of the Bulls in the International League South Division.
Tsuyoshi Wada (2-4), who was one of the premier lefthanded pitchers in the Japanese League from 2003-2011, faced just two batters more than the minimum over 6 2/3 innings for the Tides.
“We didn’t hit and they had that big inning,” Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo said. “That’s the whole story, really.”
Wada was signed by the Baltimore Orioles before the 2012 season, but only pitched one game in Norfolk before needing Tommy John surgery on his left elbow. He returned to the Tides seven weeks ago, and has now allowed two or less runs in each of his last four starts.
Durham starter Jake Odorizzi (6-2) matched Wada for most of the game, except for the one big inning.
After retiring the first six batters, Odorizzi gave up a leadoff single in the third and then struggled to find his release point out of the stretch.
Chris Snyder hit an RBI double off the Blue Monster and Henry Urrutia (on a changeup), Russ Canzler (on a fastball) and L.J. Hoes (on a curveball) all had two-out RBI singles as the Tides batted around and Odorizzi threw 31 pitches.
“I was rushing a little bit, leaving a few things up,” Odorizzi said. “The only bad pitch was on (the double). Other than that, the next three hits found holes. I was on the bad end of opportune hitting, really, but I wasn’t discouraged. After that it was right back to the first two innings.”
Odorizzi gave up just two more singles before leaving after six with the 4-0 deficit.
“Odorizzi battled, had that tough inning and that’s all it took tonight,” Montoyo said.
Canzler, who played for the Bulls in 2011, finished the night 3-for-4 with a double. Norfolk centerfielder Jason Pridie, who played for the Bulls in 2007, also hurt his old team with a home run over the Blue Monster in the seventh.
That shot came against reliever Frank De Los Santos, who was making his first appearance in Durham since May 7. He came off an extended stint on the disabled list by striking out the first two batters he faced before Pridie’s home run.
The Bulls avoided being shut out for the fourth time this season when it finally scored in the seventh. After Wada was taken out after 92 pitches, former Bull Adam Russell gave up singles to the first two batters he faced, Shelly Duncan and Ryan Roberts, allowing inherited runner Brandon Guyer to score.

NOTES – The Bulls had consecutive sellouts for the first time since May 17-18, 2012. The combined attendance for Thursday and Friday (21,972) is the second largest back-to-back mark in team history. The team drew 22,007 on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 2007. … The Bulls start a four-game road trip today with two games at Gwinnett, followed by two games at Charlotte. Durham returns to the DBAP for a five-game homestand beginning Wednesday.

Norfolk |AB |R |H |RBI || Durham |AB |R |H |RBI ||

Avery, LF |4 |0 |0 |0 | Frey, CF |4 |0 |0 |0 |

Pridie, CF |5 |2 |1 |1 | Beckham, SS |4 |0 |2 |0 |

Urrutia, DH |4 |1 |1 |1 | Guyer, RF |4 |1 |1 |0 |

Canzler, 1B |4 |0 |3 |1 | Belnome, 1B |4 |0 |0 |0 |

Hoes, RF |4 |0 |2 |1 | Duncan, DH |3 |0 |1 |0 |

Navarro, SS |4 |0 |0 |0 | Roberts, 2B |3 |0 |1 |1 |

Britton, 2B |4 |1 |1 |0 | Gimenez, LF |3 |0 |0 |0  |

Wood, 3B |4 |0 |1 |0 | Figueroa, C, 3B |3 |0 |1 |0 |

Snyder, C |4 |1 |2 |1 | Flores, C |3 |0 |0 |0 |

Totals |37 |5 |11 |5 | Totals |31 |1 |6 |1 |

Norfolk|004|000|100—5
Durham|000|000|100—1

E—Belnome. LOB—Norfolk 6, Durham 3. DP—Norfolk 2, Durham 1. 2B—Snyder (3), Canzler (15), Wood (9), Figueroa, C (14), Duncan (14). HR—Pridie (11), Exposito (2).

Norfolk |IP |H |R |ER |BB |SO ||

Wada (W, 2-4) |6.2 |4 |1 |1 |0 |6 |

Russell |0.1| 2 |0 |0 |0 |0 |

Delcarmen |1.0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |

Asencio |1.0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |2 |

Durham |IP |H |R |ER |BB |SO ||

Odorizzi (L, 6-2) |6.0 |7 |4 |4 |1 |4 |

De Los Santos |2.0 |2 |1 |1 |0 |3 |

Wade |1.0 |2 |0 |0 |0 |0 |

Umpires—HP, Joey Amaral. 1B, Kelvin Bultron. 3B, Travis Carlson. T—2:46. A—10,218.