TOO HOT TO HANDLE
The Durham Bulls are so hot right now, all the Gwinnett Braves could do was complain about the margin of victory.
Matt Buschmann allowed one run in seven innings to stay unbeaten and the Bulls scored in five of the first six innings to beat the Braves 8-1 Saturday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Up 7-0 in the fifth, Durham acting manager Dave Myers said Gwinnett manager Randy Ready complained after Mike Fontenot tried to score from second on an infield error. Fontenot was thrown out on the play.
“Apparently their manager thought I was trying to run up the score on him,” Myers said. “I was actually holding (Fontenot) up, saying ‘Right here, right here.’ He got a different read and tried to score.
“It’s the fifth inning of a seven-run game. I mean, we’re going to play how we play, and they can choose to do whatever they want to do.”
Contacted after the game, Ready said he had no comment.
The missed signal was a rare misread by Fontenot, who went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBI. Teammate Vince Belnome reached base four times to raise his International League-leading on-base percentage to .446.
The Bulls (62-35) have now won seven straight for the first time since August 2010, and continue to have the best record in all professional baseball, minor or major league.
“It’s unreal being a pitcher on the Durham Bulls right now,” Buschmann said. “These guys just blow up at any moment. You really can’t take a break with (our) lineup, and we’ve been on a little bit of a streak so there’s confidence with everybody. It’s awesome to be a part of.”
The Braves’ only run came on a seventh-inning homer by Stefan Gartrell, who has the most homers in Gwinnett’s history (51).
Gartrell went 3-for-3 against Buschmann (5-0) but his teammates only had one hit against the 29-year-old righty. The Bulls improved to 8-0 in games in which Buschmann has appeared since he was promoted from Double-A Montgomery on May 31.
Buschmann had his longest stint in eight starts with the Bulls, throwing 68 of his 92 pitches for strikes. He struck out seven and didn’t allow a walk for the first time in Durham while lowering his ERA to 2.36.
“The biggest thing I take from tonight is no walks,” Buschmann said.
“Out of everything, that’s the most important thing.”
Ramon Ramirez pitched the eighth and struck out two in a 1-2-3 inning.
Ramirez, 31, was making his Bulls debut after appeared in 423 games over eight Major League seasons. He signed as a minor league free agent.
The Bulls scored in the second on an RBI single by Fontenot and in the third on an RBI single by Leslie Anderson, and then broke the game open with a four-run fourth against Gwinnett starter Joe Bisenius (3-2). The Braves fell to 41-56.
Evan Gattis, who was the NL Rookie of the Month in both April and May before straining his right oblique last month, doubled in the ninth against Durham reliever Frank De Los Santos. Gattis was hitless in his first seven at-bats at the DBAP, which included three strikeouts.
NOTES — Myers improved to 8-5 as acting manager this season. He was in charge because manager Charlie Montoyo and pitching coach Neil Allen are in New York, where they will serve as coaches in the today’s All-Star Futures Game. Rays pitching coordinator Dick Bosman served as the Bulls pitching coach and Rays outfield and baserunning coordinator Skeeter Barnes served as the first-base coach. … Durham faces Gwinnett at 5:05 p.m. today before taking the next three days off for the Triple-A All-Star Game. Bulls all-star J.D. Martin (10-4, 3.16), who is tied for the most wins in the IL, will face rehabbing Atlanta Brave Brandon Beachy (0-2, 4.20).
Durham Bulls (62-35) 8, Gwinnett Braves (41-56) 1
July 13, 2013
|Cunningham, T, CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.284|
|Mejia, E, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.248|
|Rasmus, C, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Gattis (1, De Los Santos, F).
HR: Gartrell (6, 7th inning off Buschmann, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Gartrell 6; Gattis 2; Carrithers.
RBI: Gartrell (20).
2-out RBI: Gartrell.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Nunez; Gartrell.
Team RISP: 0-for-3.
Team LOB: 5.
E: Nunez 2 (4, throw, fielding).
Outfield assists: Cunningham, T (Beckham, T at 1st base).
DP: 2 (Cunningham, T-Mejia, E, Leonard-Carrithers-Mejia, E).
|Figueroa, C, 3B||5||1||1||1||0||0||4||.305|
|Beckham, T, SS||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||.269|
|Anderson, Le, DH||3||1||1||1||2||0||3||.322|
|Flores, J, C||4||1||0||1||0||1||5||.167|
|Ramirez, R, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|De Los Santos, F, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Figueroa, C (17, Bisenius), Fontenot (24, Flande).
TB: Belnome; Beckham, T; Guyer; Gimenez 2; Fontenot 4; Figueroa, C 2; Anderson, Le; Frey 2.
RBI: Fontenot 2 (31), Anderson, Le (51), Flores, J (10), Figueroa, C (43), Beckham, T (34), Belnome (55), Gimenez (11).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Figueroa, C 2; Guyer.
Team RISP: 6-for-16.
Team LOB: 10.
CS: Anderson, Le (3, 2nd base by Bisenius/Yepez).
|Bisenius (L, 3-2)||3.0||8||6||4||2||1||0||6.17|
|Buschmann (W, 5-0)||7.0||4||1||1||0||7||1||2.36|
|De Los Santos, F||1.0||1||0||0||1||0||0||5.40|
Bisenius pitched to 4 batters in the 4th.
HBP: Beckham, T (by Obispo).
Pitches-strikes: Bisenius 80-47, Flande 30-18, Obispo 16-8, Beimel 22-15, Rasmus, C 23-11, Buschmann 92-68, Ramirez, R 14-8, De Los Santos, F 26-17.
Groundouts-flyouts: Bisenius 5-2, Flande 3-1, Obispo 2-0, Beimel 1-1, Rasmus, C 1-0, Buschmann 6-4, Ramirez, R 0-1, De Los Santos, F 0-1.
Batters faced: Bisenius 19, Flande 9, Obispo 5, Beimel 4, Rasmus, C 5, Buschmann 25, Ramirez, R 3, De Los Santos, F 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Flande 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Jeff Gosney. 1B: Ben May. 3B: Reid Churchill.
Weather: 76 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 3 mph, In from CF.
Venue: Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
July 13, 2013
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media