Bulls slug Bats in series finale at DBAP
The prolific hitting that the Durham Bulls enjoyed during most of their eight-game homestand wasn’t a factor in Thursday night’s 2-1 over the Louisville Bats, so this time the pitching staff delivered.
Bulls starter Matt Buschmann (2-0) pitched five scoreless innings, giving up four hits and four walks while recording seven strikeouts.
Juan Sandoval pitched two innings and gave up the only Bats run, yielding one hit with four strikeouts before giving way to Steve Geltz, who notched his third save of the season.
“Having Geltz do a good job (was important), but the key was Sandoval,” said Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo, whose team went 6-2 in with one loss each to Indianapolis and Louisville. “We’re going to need him to pitch like that. If we can have that — Geltz and Sandoval before (Kirby) Yates, that would be great for out bullpen.”
Buschmann also made the biggest defensive play of the game in the first inning.
Bats center fielder Billy Hamilton, who leads the International League with 47 stolen bases, opened the game with a single for his only hit in the series. But as he leaned off second, Buschman threw to shortstop Mike Fontenot to pick him off.
“Our starter kind of struggled but battled, made good pitches at times when he needed to,” Montoyo said. “Picking off Hamilton in a game like this is big. If we don’t pick him off, he’s at third base — that was big. ...
“Whenever (Hamilton) learns how to hit more, he’ll be playing in the bigs for a long time. If he can get that hitting going, ... he’s got a chance. He’s still a weapon for anybody in the big leagues to come in in the ninth and steal a base. We’re done with him.”
Hamilton had a pair of steals in Wednesday night’s game as a pinch runner.
“Obviously, he’s a tough player to deal with,” Buschmann said. “I feel better with him at first than at second. ... I just think if you wait him out and you get an opportunity, you have to make the play.”
Vince Belnome had a pair of doubles to lead the Bulls’ nine-hit attack.
“It’s not as much fun as when you hit, but a win’s a win,” Montoyo said. “We made some good plays today that determined the game.”
Durham rallied for a run after two were out in the first inning, as Belnome doubled down the line in right and scored on a single by Shelley Duncan off the Blue Monster for a 1-0 lead. Leslie Anderson followed with a double to right, but Chris Gimenez grounded out to end the threat.
The Bulls got the first three batters on base in the second but failed to plate a run. Fontenot singled, Jesus Flores walked and Cole Figueroa was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Brandon Guyer’s grounder was fielded by Henry Rodriguez, who stepped on third before relaying to catcher Nevin Ashley to complete the double play. Ryan Roberts popped out to center to end the inning.
Guyer opened the fifth inning with a single and went to second on a balk by Bats starter Armando Galarraga (5-5). Roberts singled in Guyer for a 2-0 Bulls lead, and Belnome followed with his second double of the night. Louisville intenionally walked Anderson with one out to load the bases, but Chris Gimenez struck out and Fontenot grounded out as the Bats escaped without further damage.
Louisville got on the board in the seventh when Jason Donald lofted a double past Gimenez in right field, went to third on a groundout by by Ashley and scored when Hamilton’s RBI grounder notched the second out.
But Sandoval struck out Chris Heisey to end the inning, then added a pair of strikeouts in the eighth.
“I felt pretty good,” Sandoval said. “I want to keep everybody off base, (but) that’s the goal for the whole season — to help the team win some games.
“I’m pleased with where I am right now, but I’m not satisfied. My goal is to get to the big leagues and not (just) get there but stay there.”
NOTES — Roberts was added to the Bulls roster on Thursday, while catcher Juan Apodaca took a roster spot with the Princeton Rays of the rookie short-season Appalachian League. ... The Bulls head to Buffalo to open a four-game road series today, with J.D. Martin (9-3, 2.89) scheduled to start against the Bisons’ Thad Weber (1-1, 2.20).
Durham Bulls (47-27) 2, Louisville Bats (36-38) 1
June 20, 2013
|Hamilton, B, CF||4||0||1||1||0||1||3||.243|
|Perez, F, LF||3||0||1||0||1||2||0||.283|
|Soto, N, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.283|
|Rodriguez, H, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||3||5||.269|
|Galarraga, A, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Donald (8, Sandoval).
TB: Perez, F; Hamilton, B; Soto, N 2; Donald 2.
RBI: Hamilton, B (23).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rodriguez, H 3; Hamilton, B.
Team RISP: 1-for-7.
Team LOB: 8.
SB: Hamilton, B (46, 2nd base off Buschmann/Flores, J).
PO: Hamilton, B (2nd base by Buschmann).
DP: (Rodriguez, H-Ashley).
|Roberts, R, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||1||2||.250|
|Anderson, Le, DH||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.322|
|Flores, J, C||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.231|
|Figueroa, C, LF||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.290|
|1-Ran for Gimenez in the 8th.|
2B: Belnome 2 (21, Galarraga, A, Galarraga, A), Anderson, Le (15, Galarraga, A), Flores, J (1, Galarraga, A).
TB: Flores, J 3; Roberts, R; Belnome 4; Guyer; Duncan; Gimenez; Anderson, Le 2.
RBI: Duncan (23), Roberts, R (1).
2-out RBI: Duncan.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gimenez 2; Roberts, R; Figueroa, C; Fontenot 2.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
Team LOB: 9.
Pickoffs: Buschmann (Hamilton, B at 2nd base).
|Galarraga, A (L, 5-5)||6.0||8||2||2||2||3||0||3.05|
|Buschmann (W, 2-0)||5.0||4||0||0||4||7||0||1.59|
|Sandoval (H, 1)||3.0||1||1||1||0||4||0||4.50|
|Geltz (S, 3)||1.0||0||0||0||1||1||0||3.05|
Balk: Galarraga, A.
IBB: Anderson, Le (by Galarraga, A).
HBP: Figueroa, C (by Galarraga, A).
Pitches-strikes: Galarraga, A 95-58, Ondrusek 24-17, Buschmann 96-56, Sandoval 32-25, Geltz 17-12.
Groundouts-flyouts: Galarraga, A 9-4, Ondrusek 1-2, Buschmann 2-3, Sandoval 4-1, Geltz 1-1.
Batters faced: Galarraga, A 28, Ondrusek 7, Buschmann 22, Sandoval 10, Geltz 4.
Umpires: HP: Will Little. 1B: David Soucy. 3B: Max Guyll.
Weather: 78 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 7 mph, In from CF.
Venue: Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
June 20, 2013
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media