Bulls come up short against Chiefs
A night after beating Toledo with a grand slam and a triple play, the Durham Bulls struggled after a long day of travel in a 2-1 loss to Syracuse in International League action Saturday night.
The Bulls, who left Durham Bulls Athletic Park at 4 a.m. to catch a connecting flight to Atlanta, managed just three hits off the Chiefs staff.
Even so, Durham cut the lead to a run in the ninth without a hit. Rich Thompson drew a leadoff walk from reliever Erik Davis, stole second and went to third on a throwing error by Syracuse catcher Carlos Maldonado. He scored when Jason Bourgeois grounded out, but then Vince Belnome and Wil Myers struck out to end the game.
Bulls starter Alex Colome (1-3) turned in six strong innings, giving up five hits and two walks while recording six strikeouts.
Thompson opened the game with a bunt single off Syracuse starter Daniel Rosenbaum (2-1), who went seven innings with two walks and one strikeout. But Thompson was out at second on a grounder by Bourgeois, who was the first of three Durham runners left on base.
In the second, Brandon Guyer singled but also was erased at second on a force play that put Cole Figueroa on first. Rosenbaum’s errant pickoff attempt allowed Figueroa to take second, but Tim Beckham grounded out to end the inning.
The Chiefs got all the runs they would need in the sixth inning, which began with Eury Perez singling to center and stealing second. A hit by Jeff Kobernus moved Perez to third, and Will Rhymes’ single to right drove in the first run. An infield single by Chris Marrero gave Syracuse a 2-0 lead, and the Bulls got out of the inning without falling further behind.
The Bulls were retired in order in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings before their nine-inning rally fell short.
The teams play again today with a scheduled 2 p.m. start.
Chiefs 2, Bulls 1
Thompson cf|2|1|1|0|Perez cf|4|1|2|0
Bourgeois dh|4|0|1|1|Kobernus 2b|4|1|1|0
Belnome 2b|4|0|0|0|Rhymes 3b|4|0|1|1
Myers rf|4|0|0|0|Marrero 1b|4|0|2|1
Anderson 1b|2|0|0|0|Owings dh|4|0|0|0
Guyer lf|3|0|1|0|Walters ss|4|0|0|0
Figueroa c 3b|3|0|0|0|Rivero lf|1|0|0|0
Beckham ss|2|0|0|0|Maldonado c|3|0|1|0
Apodaca c|3|0|0|0|Rahl rf|2|0|0|0
E—Rosenbloom, Maldonado, Beckham. DP—Syracuse 2. LOB—Durham 3, Syracuse 8. S—Rahl. SB—Bourgeois (8), Thompson (7), Perez (4).
Colome (L, 1-3)|6.0|5|2|2|2|6
Rosenbaum (W, 2-1)|7.0|3|0|0|2|1
Crotta (H, 1)|1.0|0|0|0|0|0
Davis (S, 2)|1.0|0|1|0|1|2
HBP—Anderson (by Rosenbaum). Umpires—HP, Ian Fazio; 1B, Brad Myers; 3B, Seth Buckminster. T—2:50. A—4,229.