Bulls comeback falls short after big PawSox start
The IL South-leading Durham Bulls lost their second straight game to the IL North-leading Pawtucket Red Sox, 9-7, in front of a paid crowd of 9,595 Friday night at the DBAP.
Game No. 100 could have gone better for the Durham Bulls, but it could have been even worse.
The Bulls and Pawtucket combined for 21 hits in a 9-7 win by the Red Sox on Friday night in the longest nine-inning game at Durham Bulls Athletic Park this season.
“We play the longest games,” Bulls manager said after the 3:50 contest, which leaves Durham with a 63-37 record atop the International League standings.
Cole Figueroa and Vince Belnome had a pair of hits for the Bulls, while Will Middlebrooks led the 12-hit Red Sox attack with three hits.
Bulls starter Mike Montgomery, who has three losses and a no-decision in his past four starts, continued to struggle after getting out of the first inning with just nine pitches.
But he needed 42 pitches to get through the second, as Mark Hamilton led off with his ninth home run, Dan Butler added a three-run blast and Middlebrooks capped the rally with a two-run double for a 6-0 Pawtucket lead.
“(Montgomery) didn’t have it from the beginning,” Montoyo said. “He struggled all the time.
“Our starters have been very good, (but) we got in a hole and it was too high to climb. I’m glad our team battled back; we don’t do that all the time, either.”
The Red Sox picked up another run in the third when Jonathan Diaz singled, stole second and scored on a single by Dan Butler.
The Bulls got on the board in the third, with Figueroa starting the rally with a single. Brandon Guyer followed with a double, and Belnome drew a walk to fill the bases. Shelley Duncan’s doubled to the left-field corner to drive in Figueroa and Guyer, and Belnome scored on a sacrifice fly by Leslie Anderson to trim the margin to 7-3.
Durham got just one run out of a bases-loaded opportunity in the fourth, with Chris Gimenez scoring on a sacrifice fly by Figueroa. But with one out, Duncan tapped a check-swing grounder that Pawtucket reliever Clayton Mortensen tossed to Butler at home plate before a relay to first retired Duncan with an inning-ending double play.
“We need a couple of guys to get it going,” Montoyo said. “Duncan’s a better hitter than .222. He got a big hit, but he also had a chance (and) that was a big double play. ... That was one of the turning points of the game in my opinion.
Pawtucket pulled away in the seventh, as Middlebrooks singled off Bulls reliever Jeff Beliveau to led off the inning and scored on a one-out double to center by Alex Hassan. Diaz followed with an RBI single up the middle for a 9-4 lead by the Red Sox.
The Bulls rallied for three runs in the eighth inning, triggered by a one-out single by Cole Figueroa. Guyer followed with a walk, then Belnome followed with an RBI double. A groundout by Duncan plated Guyer, and Belnome scored on a single to right-center by Anderson to cut the margin to 9-7 heading into the ninth.
Both sides were retired in order in the ninth.
“It’s going to happen when you play 144 games, ... but I didn’t like it,” Montoyo said of the Bulls’ two-game losing streak since the All-Star break. “It’s a bad feeling.”
NOTES — The top of the first took only three minutes, with Montgomery snagging a line drive off the bat of Middlebrooks for the final out. ... The Bulls host Pawtucket again today (7:05 p.m.), with Merrill Kelly (4-0, 1.70 ERA) on the mound for Durham against Charlie Haeger (1-1, 6.89) for the Red Sox. Matt Buschmann (5-0, 2.36) is scheduled to start Sunday’s 5:05 p.m. game for the Bulls, while Pawtucket will have Allen Webster (5-2, 3.41) on the mound.
Pawtucket Red Sox (55-44) 9, Durham Bulls (63-37) 7
July 19, 2013
|Bradley Jr., CF||4||1||0||0||1||2||1||.289|
|Hamilton, M, DH||5||1||2||1||0||3||4||.261|
|Diaz, J, 2B||5||1||2||1||0||0||2||.248|
|Butler, D, C||3||1||2||4||2||1||0||.243|
|De La Rosa, R, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Carpenter, C, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Middlebrooks (2, Montgomery, M), Hamilton, M (10, Geltz), Hassan (12, Beliveau).
HR: Hamilton, M (9, 2nd inning off Montgomery, M, 0 on, 0 out), Butler, D (7, 2nd inning off Montgomery, M, 2 on, 1 out).
TB: Diaz, J 2; Hamilton, M 6; Butler, D 5; Sutton 2; Middlebrooks 4; Hassan 2.
RBI: Hamilton, M (33), Butler, D 4 (29), Middlebrooks 2 (26), Hassan (15), Diaz, J (22).
2-out RBI: Middlebrooks 2; Butler, D.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hamilton, M; Bogaerts; Sutton; Hazelbaker; Hassan.
Team RISP: 4-for-14.
Team LOB: 8.
SB: Diaz, J (7, 2nd base off Montgomery, M/Gimenez).
CS: Sutton (2, 2nd base by Geltz/Gimenez).
DP: 2 (Mortensen-Butler, D-Sutton, Sutton).
|Figueroa, C, 3B||3||2||2||1||0||0||0||.303|
|Anderson, Le, DH||4||0||1||2||0||2||0||.327|
|Beckham, T, SS||3||0||1||0||2||0||2||.269|
|Montgomery, M, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Beckham, T (17, De La Rosa, R), Guyer (18, De La Rosa, R), Duncan (16, De La Rosa, R), Belnome (27, Carpenter, C).
TB: Belnome 3; Beckham, T 2; Guyer 2; Duncan 2; Bourgeois; Figueroa, C 2; Anderson, Le.
RBI: Duncan 3 (39), Anderson, Le 2 (54), Figueroa, C (44), Belnome (56).
2-out RBI: Anderson, Le.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Duncan; Bourgeois; Fontenot; Belnome; Gimenez.
SF: Anderson, Le; Figueroa, C.
Team RISP: 4-for-14.
Team LOB: 12.
|De La Rosa, R||3.1||5||4||4||5||1||0||3.90|
|Mortensen (W, 1-0)||2.0||1||0||0||2||1||0||2.92|
|Contreras (H, 1)||1.2||0||0||0||2||4||0||0.00|
|Carter (S, 14)||1.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.40|
|Montgomery, M (L, 4-4)||3.1||6||7||7||4||2||2||4.52|
Geltz pitched to 1 batter in the 6th.
HBP: Guyer (by De La Rosa, R), Figueroa, C (by Mortensen).
Pitches-strikes: De La Rosa, R 80-41, Mortensen 32-16, Contreras 35-17, Carpenter, C 20-11, Carter 15-10, Montgomery, M 81-47, Geltz 26-17, Beliveau 39-26, Liberatore 30-19.
Groundouts-flyouts: De La Rosa, R 4-3, Mortensen 1-0, Contreras 0-1, Carpenter, C 2-0, Carter 2-1, Montgomery, M 5-0, Geltz 1-0, Beliveau 1-0, Liberatore 1-1.
Batters faced: De La Rosa, R 21, Mortensen 8, Contreras 7, Carpenter, C 6, Carter 4, Montgomery, M 20, Geltz 6, Beliveau 10, Liberatore 8.
Inherited runners-scored: Mortensen 2-0, Contreras 2-0, Carter 1-0, Geltz 1-0, Beliveau 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Sean Barber. 1B: Toby Basner. 3B: Andy Dudones.
Weather: 87 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 12 mph, R to L.
Venue: Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
July 19, 2013
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media