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On a night when the Durham Bulls celebrated the retirement of No. 10, one became their most significant number.
Chris Gimenez singled in Shelley Duncan in the fifth inning to put the Bulls ahead to stay in a 5-4 win over the Charlotte Knights on Monday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The Bulls’ magic number to clinch the International League’s South Division title dropped to one with the victory.
Even before the pregame ceremony to retire Chipper Jones’ number, the Norfolk Tides lost to the Columbus Clippers 5-3 to trim another game from the magic total.
“That’s the first time I heard it was today,” Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo said of the team’s number to secure the title. “The announcer mentioned it, and the other team scored three. I was like, ‘Oh, OK’. ...
“You just keep doing that same thing, ... keep playing normal.”
Kevin Kiermaier ripped a pair of triples to lead the Bulls, while Vince Belnome had three hits including an RBI double when Durham (81-50) rallied to tie the score in the fourth inning. Tim Beckham, who also tripled, and Mike Fontenot had a pair of hits each for the Bulls.
Steve Geltz (5-3) came on in relief of Bulls starter Mike Montgomery and recorded the win on the mound. Josh Lueke struck out two in the eighth, and Kirby Yates pitched the ninth for his 18th save of the season.
“That’s why we’re doing so good; we’ve got (balance),” Montoyo said.
The Bulls got on the board in the second inning when Chris Gimenez drew a walk off Knights starter Jason Berken (10-12) and scored on a Kiermaier’s first triple, which shot the gap in right-center.
Montgomery didn’t give up a hit until the fourth inning, when the Knights tagged him for four and plated three runs. Leury Garcia opened the inning with a single, and Brent Morel followed with an RBI triple that caromed off Kiermaier’s glove, then the fence, before the center fielder ran it down and relayed the ball in to prevent an inside-the-park home run.
“I got turned around on it a couple of times, and I got a good route on it at the end,” Kiermaier said. “I knew I had to jump for it because I knew I was going to hit the wall. I got a glove on it, but unfortunately I didn’t catch it. It’s a catch I dream of catching — I’d like to have it back because I know I can make that play.
“I had a lot of adrenalin (on the throw). ... Thankfully, he shut it down because I don’t think my throw was on line. ... It makes me feel good because other teams have respect for my arm.”
Andy Wilkins ripped a one-out double to drive in Morel, and Steve Tolleson followed with a single. A fielder’s choice by Michael Early drove in Wilkins, but Tolleson was caught off second base by Beckham and was out in a rundown.
The Bulls regained the lead on four extra-base hits, beginning with a leadoff homer to right by Mike Fontenot. Kiermaier followed with his fifth triple of the season, and Beckham’s two-out triple tied the score at 3-3. Vince Belnome’s double off the Blue Monster wall in left field gave Durham a 4-3 lead.
Montgomery’s problems continued in the fifth inning, when a pair of wild pitches and a hit batsman helped the Knights tie the score before Steve Geltz came on in relief and recorded the final out with the bases loaded.
In the bottom of the fifth, Duncan ripped a one-out single off the Blue Monster, moved to second on a hit by Fontenot and scored the go-ahead run on Gimenez’s single to center.
NOTES — Kiermaier’s triples make him the first Durham player to have a pair in one game since Elliott Johnson at Richmond on May 22, 2008. ... Merrill Kelly (7-3, 3.12 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Bulls today in the second and final game of the series, facing Charlotte’s Charlie Leesman (3-2, 3.66). The Bulls then head to Norfolk
\Durham Bulls (81-50) 5, Charlotte Knights (59-71) 4
August 20, 2013
|Garcia, L, 2B||3||2||2||0||1||1||0||.269|
|Gonzalez, M, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.222|
|Rodriguez, S, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Thompson, Ta, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Wilkins (6, Montgomery, M), Gallagher (11, Lueke).
3B: Morel (3, Montgomery, M).
TB: Wilkins 2; Garcia, L 2; Gallagher 2; Tolleson; Semien; Morel 4.
RBI: Morel (49), Wilkins (23), Earley (7).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: McDade; Gonzalez, M; Earley 2; Morel; Semien.
GIDP: Gonzalez, M.
Team RISP: 3-for-13.
Team LOB: 10.
SB: Garcia, L (2, 2nd base off Montgomery, M/Gimenez).
|Figueroa, C, 3B||5||0||1||0||0||1||6||.289|
|Beckham, T, SS||5||1||2||1||0||1||4||.276|
|Roberts, R, 2B||4||0||0||0||1||1||4||.223|
|Anderson, Le, RF-LF||3||0||0||0||2||0||1||.298|
|Montgomery, M, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Belnome (32, Berken).
3B: Kiermaier 2 (5, Berken, Berken), Beckham, T (7, Berken).
HR: Fontenot (4, 4th inning off Berken, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Belnome 4; Beckham, T 4; Duncan; Gimenez; Kiermaier 6; Fontenot 5; Figueroa, C.
RBI: Kiermaier (9), Fontenot (39), Beckham, T (46), Belnome (64), Gimenez (20).
2-out RBI: Beckham, T; Belnome.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Duncan 3; Beckham, T 2; Roberts, R; Figueroa, C.
Team RISP: 3-for-14.
Team LOB: 12.
CS: Beckham, T (6, 2nd base by Rodriguez, S/Gonzalez, M).
DP: (Roberts, R-Beckham, T-Belnome).
|Berken (L, 10-12)||5.0||10||5||5||3||5||1||4.10|
|Geltz (W, 5-3)||2.1||1||0||0||1||3||0||2.86|
|Lueke (H, 4)||1.0||1||0||0||0||2||0||0.67|
|Yates (S, 18)||1.0||0||0||0||1||2||0||1.39|
WP: Montgomery, M 3.
HBP: Garcia, L (by Montgomery, M).
Pitches-strikes: Berken 91-57, Rodriguez, S 44-21, Thompson, Ta 17-9, Montgomery, M 84-46, Geltz 42-27, Lueke 11-11, Yates 27-16.
Groundouts-flyouts: Berken 4-3, Rodriguez, S 0-0, Thompson, Ta 3-2, Montgomery, M 7-4, Geltz 0-3, Lueke 0-1, Yates 1-0.
Batters faced: Berken 28, Rodriguez, S 8, Thompson, Ta 5, Montgomery, M 24, Geltz 9, Lueke 4, Yates 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Thompson, Ta 2-0, Geltz 3-0.
Umpires: HP: Jon Byrne. 1B: Gabe Morales. 3B: Doug Vines.
Weather: 80 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 4 mph, In from CF.
T: 3:12 (:32 delay).
Venue: Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
August 20, 2013
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media