Bulls rip Tides behind pair of Mahtook dingers

Aug. 28, 2014 @ 11:16 PM

Mikie Mahtook slugged two homers for the first time in his career to lead the South Division champion Durham Bulls past the Norfolk Tides 5-3 at Harbor Park on Thursday night.

Mahtook, playing in his 391st career game, drilled two homers to left field, a lead-changing, three-run shot in the third and a solo blast in the fifth. Mahtook later doubled in his final at-bat in the ninth as the Bulls (72-67) snapped a two-game skid.

Mike Montgomery (W, 10-5) shook off a rough start over the first two innings to win his 10th game for the first time in his career. Montgomery permitted three runs over 52 pitches in the first two frames, then settled in to no-hit the Tides (63-76) over his final three innings.

Steve Geltz, Josh Lueke and Adam Liberatore (S, 3) combined to one-hit the Tides the remaining four innings.

Ray Olmedo hit a sacrifice fly in the second inning to score Justin Christian to tie the game 1-1 before Norfolk scored twice in the bottom half to regain the lead.

Mahtook's first homer came on a hanging curveball from Steve Johnson (L, 0-2) with two on and two out. Mahtook has homered three times in the last two games, and has 12 in 2014.

The Bulls continue their final regular season road series on Friday with a 5:05 PM ET doubleheader with Enny Romero and Merrill Kelly on the mound.

Durham Bulls (72-67) 5, Norfolk Tides (63-76) 3
August 28, 2014

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Durham       0 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 8 1
Norfolk       1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 2
 

 


Durham AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG  
Franklin, DH 4 0 0 0 1 4 1 .186
Beckham, T, 2B 5 0 0 0 0 1 3 .273
Figueroa, C, 3B 4 1 1 0 1 0 2 .298
Mahtook, LF 5 2 3 4 0 1 1 .294
Belnome, 1B 3 0 1 0 2 1 0 .241
Christian, CF 4 1 2 0 1 0 3 .267
Olmedo, RF 3 0 0 1 0 1 5 .229
  Moore, RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .266
Solis, C 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .212
Lee, H, SS 3 1 1 0 1 2 2 .203
  Montgomery, M, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Geltz, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Lueke, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Liberatore, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 35 5 8 5 6 11 19 .250
 
 
 
BATTING
2B: Christian (34, Johnson, S), Mahtook (33, Saunders, J).
HR: Mahtook 2 (12, 3rd inning off Johnson, S, 2 on, 2 out; 5th inning off Huntzinger, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Belnome; Christian 3; Figueroa, C; Lee, H; Mahtook 10.
RBI: Olmedo (25), Mahtook 4 (68).
2-out RBI: Mahtook 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Olmedo 2; Figueroa, C; Lee, H; Christian.
SF: Olmedo.
Team RISP: 2-for-10.
Team LOB: 10.

BASERUNNING
SB: Christian (15, 2nd base off Johnson, S/Ward), Lee, H (12, 2nd base off Johnson, S/Ward).

FIELDING
E: Beckham, T (4, throw).
 
Norfolk AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG  
Weeks, J, DH 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 .278
Casilla, A, 2B 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 .273
Alvarez, CF 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 .302
Walker, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .259
Peguero, F, RF 4 0 1 1 0 2 0 .271
De Jesus, SS 2 0 0 0 2 0 2 .284
Urrutia, LF 4 1 2 0 0 1 2 .266
Ward, C 3 0 0 0 1 1 3 .232
Lombardozzi, 3B 3 0 0 1 0 1 2 .277
  Johnson, S, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Huntzinger, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Coello, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Saunders, J, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 32 3 6 3 4 7 16 .270
 
 
 
 
BATTING
2B: Alvarez (15, Montgomery, M).
TB: Weeks, J; Urrutia 2; Alvarez 2; Peguero, F; Casilla, A.
RBI: Peguero, F (33), Lombardozzi (29), Alvarez (17).
2-out RBI: Peguero, F; Alvarez.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: De Jesus; Walker 2; Weeks, J.
SF: Lombardozzi.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
SB: De Jesus (2, 2nd base off Geltz/Solis).

FIELDING
E: Ward (11, throw), Walker (3, fielding).
 

Durham IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA  
Montgomery, M (W, 10-5) 5.0 5 3 3 2 4 0 4.29
Geltz (H, 12) 2.0 0 0 0 2 2 0 2.38
Lueke (H, 2) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.31
Liberatore (S, 3) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.71
Totals 9.0 6 3 3 4 7 0 3.62
Norfolk IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA  
Johnson, S (L, 0-2) 2.2 4 4 3 3 2 1 7.11
Huntzinger  3.1 3 1 1 2 4 1 3.08
Coello  2.0 0 0 0 1 4 0 1.81
Saunders, J  1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.50
Totals 9.0 8 5 4 6 11 2 4.48

WP: Montgomery, M, Huntzinger.
HBP: Weeks, J (by Montgomery, M).
Pitches-strikes: Montgomery, M 93-55, Geltz 34-18, Lueke 11-9, Liberatore 10-6, Johnson, S 66-36, Huntzinger 54-32, Coello 33-21, Saunders, J 17-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Montgomery, M 5-4, Geltz 1-2, Lueke 2-0, Liberatore 1-1, Johnson, S 1-4, Huntzinger 2-2, Coello 1-0, Saunders, J 3-0.
Batters faced: Montgomery, M 23, Geltz 8, Lueke 4, Liberatore 3, Johnson, S 15, Huntzinger 15, Coello 7, Saunders, J 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Huntzinger 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Jeff Gosney. 1B: Jon Byrne. 3B: Derek Mollica.
Weather: 86 degrees, clear.
Wind: 1 mph, Out to RF.
T: 3:21.
Att: 5,128.
Venue: Harbor Park.
August 28, 2014