Louisville takes Bats to Bulls 10-5
Tampa Bay Rays’ rehabbing righthander Jeremy Hellickson’s second straight disastrous start left the Durham Bulls on the short end of a 20-hit, 10-run beating Tuesday 10-5 to the Louisville Bats.
Hellickson (0-2), who allowed four runs in 2-1/3 innings at Indianapolis on Thursday, couldn’t hold the 3-0 lead he was given in the top of the first inning Tuesday.
He gave up a pair of runs in the first, one in the second and four in the third, leaving after 2-2/3 innings trailing 7-3. Three of the runs were unearned — they followed a one-out throwing error by third baseman Wilson Betemit in the third — but Louisville piled up 12 hits of its 20 hits and a walk against Hellickson.
Amazingly, Hellickson saw his earned-run average with the Bulls — 15.43 entering the game — dip to 14.4 because he got one more out Tuesday than he had on Thursday.
The Bulls got on the board in the first a three-run home run by cleanup hitter Mikie Mahtook, his fifth, after singles by rehabbing Rays’ outfielder Brandon Guyer and Cole Figueroa.
The Bulls might have gotten more, but Mike Fontenot, who led off the game by reaching on an error, was cut down at third trying to advance on Guyer’s single.
Former Bull Jason Bourgeois got Louisville rolling with a leadoff single in the bottom of the first and went to third on a double by Ruben Gotay. Bourgeois scored on a fielder’s choice and Gotay on a two-out single by Donald Lutz.
The Bats tied it in the second on singles by Herman Iribarren and Thomas Neal and a two-out RBI double by Felix Perez.
Louisville moved ahead for good in the third on a leadoff double by Juan Silverio, Betemit’s one-out error scoring Silverio, a two-out, two-run double by Neal after singles by Bourgeois and Gotay and a two-out RBI double by Perez.
The Bulls got a run back in the top of the sixth on a single by Vince Belnome and a two-out RBI single by Fontenot, but Louisville answered with a pair in the bottom of the seventh off Bulls reliever Brandon Gomes.
Jake Thompson wasn’t immune to the Bats, either. Thompson came on for Gomes in the eighth and gave up a run on three hits to close out the Louisville scoring.
The Bulls managed a too-little, too-late rally in the top of the nighth on an RBI single by Figueroa that scored Guyer, who’d walked and moved up on a wild pitch. Mahtook followed with a single and he and Figueroa moved into scoring position on a two-out wild pitch by Tim Crabbe, but Crabbe retired Jayson Nix to pick up a three-inning save, his first of the season, for starter Josh Smith (8-1).
NOTES — Righthander Nathan Karns (3-3, 4.73) gets the start for the Bulls today against Louisville righty Jair Jurrjens (1-2, 4.76) at 11:45 a.m. ... Jurrjens, a native of Curacao, has pitched in the big leagues for Detroit, Atlanta and Baltimore and signed a minor league free-agent contract with the Cincinnati Reds on May 14 ... Hellickson (elbow surgery) and Guyer (fractured thumb) are both former Bulls. Hellickson went 18-4 with a 2.47 ERA for the Bulls in 2009 and 2010 ... In all or parts of four seasons with the Rays, Hellickson is 39-31 with a 3.70 ERA.
Durham Bulls (43-31) 5, Louisville Bats (37-36) 10
June 17, 2014
|Figueroa, C, SS||5||1||2||2||0||0||3||.313|
|Nix, J, DH||5||0||1||0||0||0||4||.234|
|Gomes, B, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Solis (2, Smith, J), Guyer (2, Smith, J).
HR: Mahtook (5, 1st inning off Smith, J, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Solis 3; Belnome 2; Guyer 3; Betemit; Fontenot; Figueroa, C 2; Nix, J; Mahtook 6.
RBI: Figueroa, C 2 (25), Mahtook 2 (40), Fontenot (24).
2-out RBI: Fontenot.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Solis; Mahtook; Price 2; Guyer; Nix, J 3.
Team RISP: 3-for-12.
Team LOB: 10.
E: Betemit (1, throw), Solis (3, throw).
DP: (Fontenot-Figueroa, C-Belnome).
|Perez, F, RF||4||0||2||2||1||2||1||.302|
|Lutz, D, LF||5||0||2||1||0||2||6||.167|
|Anderson, B, C||4||0||1||1||1||1||4||.297|
|Diaz, A, SS||5||1||1||0||0||0||3||.245|
|Smith, J, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
2B: Gotay (15, Hellickson), Perez, F 2 (20, Hellickson, Hellickson), Silverio 2 (2, Hellickson, Thompson).
TB: Gotay 3; Neal 3; Lutz, D 2; Perez, F 4; Anderson, B; Iribarren; Silverio 7; Bourgeois 3; Diaz, A.
RBI: Neal 4 (18), Lutz, D (5), Perez, F 2 (48), Anderson, B (11).
2-out RBI: Lutz, D; Perez, F 2; Neal 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Diaz, A 2; Lutz, D 5; Anderson, B; Gotay.
GIDP: Anderson, B.
Team RISP: 7-for-20.
Team LOB: 13.
SB: Neal (2, 2nd base off Gomes, B/Solis).
E: Neal (1, fielding), Perez, F (3, throw).
Outfield assists: Lutz, D 2 (Fontenot at 3rd base, Guyer at 2nd base).
DP: 2 (Lutz, D-Iribarren, Neal-Crabbe).
|Hellickson (L, 0-2)||2.2||12||7||4||1||2||0||14.40|
|Smith, J (W, 8-1)||6.0||10||4||4||2||3||1||3.83|
|Crabbe (S, 1)||3.0||4||1||1||1||1||0||4.43|
WP: Crabbe 2.
Pitches-strikes: Hellickson 76-51, Mathis 50-30, Gomes, B 33-21, Thompson 25-17, Smith, J 98-65, Crabbe 48-29.
Groundouts-flyouts: Hellickson 4-2, Mathis 4-3, Gomes, B 0-1, Thompson 0-2, Smith, J 6-4, Crabbe 5-1.
Batters faced: Hellickson 22, Mathis 12, Gomes, B 7, Thompson 6, Smith, J 29, Crabbe 13.
Inherited runners-scored: Mathis 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Jeff Gosney. 1B: Travis Carlson. 3B: Jonathan Bailey.
Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 16 mph, Out to RF.
Venue: Louisville Slugger Field.
June 17, 2014
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media