Bulls win 14-13 heart-stopper as offensive fireworks rule night
The Bulls and PawSox combined for 27 runs on 33 hits, three errors, 12 walks and three hit batters and Durham escaped with 14-13 heart-stopping win over Pawtucket Sunday night.
The win, in front of 7,692 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, allowed the Bulls to avoid their first four-game series sweep in almost a year.
“It’s not my first game I’ve seen like that,” Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo would say. “The balls were bouncing their way. It is what it is. ... We struggled, but we got it. It might be our biggest win of the year. It stopped the losing streak.”
But it wasn’t easy the Bulls squandered most of a 10-1 lead and unbeaten starter Matt Buschmann, who came in with a 4-0 record, was rocked for six runs in four innings and was denied a chance at his fifth win.
The Bulls got to PawSox righthander Allen Webster early. Webster issued three straight walks with one out in the first and Leslie Anderson’s 21st double of the season off the right-centerfield wall drove in all three.
Webster walked Jason Bourgeois and Mike Fontenot’s 25th double, high off the Blue Monster in left drove in Anderson for a 4-0 lead with runners at second and third and still just one out.
Evan Frey’s ground out drove in the fifth run before Webster retired No. 9 hitter Jesus Flores on a ground out to end the carnage.
The Bulls chased Webster in the second. Vince Belnome followed a Cole Figueroa leadoff walk, Webster’s fifth, with a one-out double t to make it 6-0 and bring on Will Latimer.
Latimer gave up a single to Chris Gimenez and walked Anderson before Bourgeois closed out Webster’s statistical night (1 1/3 innings, 3 hits, 7 earned runs), driving in Belnome with a sacrifice fly before Latimer retired the side.
Pawtucket, the IL North leader, had outscored the Bulls 22-16 in winning the first three games of the series and showed in the top of the third that its bats were still potent. With two outs, Mark Hamilton’s RBI double to right put the PawSox on the board and Alex Hassan followed with a two-run single to cut the lead to 7-3 before Buschmann retired the side.
The Bulls got all of those runs back in the bottom of the third. Latimer loaded the bases and with two outs was replaced by Anthony Carter. Flores torched Carter for a three-run double and a 10-3 lead.
Will Middlebrooks single was misplayed by Bourgeois in left to set the table for an RBI single by Hamilton and subsequent walks to Hassan and Drew Sutton loaded the bases and ended Buschmann’s bid to go 5-0 since he didn’t pitch the mandatory five innings.
Xander Bogaerts greeted Bulls reliever Cory Wade, the new pitcher of record, with a two-run double over Bourgeois and Justin Henry’s sacrifice fly trimmed the lead to 10-7 with one out and Bogaerts still at second. Two outs later, he remained at second as Wade quelled the threat.
A light rain began to fall as Tim Beckham led off the bottom of the fifth with a double to center and came in on Belnome’s double a moment later.
The onslaught continued as Anderson and Bourgeois singled, Bourgeois’ hit driving in Belnome. Anderson and Bourgeois both came around, too, as rightfielder Hassan let the hit get past him for a three-base error and a 14-7 Durham lead.
Pawtucket got one back in the sixth on a single and an RBI double by Hamilton off Wade.
Frank De Los Santos relieved Wade to start the seventh, but gave up a pair of walks and a double to load the bases, bringing on Josh Lueke with one out in the 14-8 game.
Jonathan Dwyer’s two-run flare single over second baseman Fontenoct made it 14-10, but Lueke slammed the door.
But even Lueke, who entered the game with an ERA of 0.65, wasn’t immune to the fireworks. He left with two on and two out in the top of the eighth, replaced by Triple-A All-Star Kirby Yates.
Dan Butler’s flare fell at the feet of Bourgeois in left for an RBI single. But Yates got Jackie Bradley Jr., the potential tying run, on strikes to end the inning with the Bulls up 14-11.
Even the all-star had trouble, giving up a single and a walk with one out in the ninth to bring the potential tying run to the plate in Hassan. Hassan singled in a run and Yates faced the potential go-ahead run in Drew Sutton with two on and the lead down to 14-12.
Pinch runner Jeremy Hazelbaker took second uncontested to put runners in scoring position.
Yates got Sutton on a sacrifice fly to center and Evan Frey’s throw just mised getting Hazelbaker, advancing to third on the play, with what could have been the third out.
Yates walked Bogaerts with two outs on a 3-2 pitch before getting Justin Henry on a grounder to Mike Fontenot at second to end the game.
“That was a great play,” Montoyo said. “The pressure ... a great play. ... Because we’re having such a good year, we won that game.”
NOTES - Infielder Roberts was returned to the Bulls from the parent Tampa Bay Rays Saturday when James Loney returned to the Rays from paternity leave ... Bulls righthander J.D. Martin (11-4, 3.02) gets the start at 6:05 tonight in Gwinnett, Ga., against Joe Bisenius (3-2, 6.17) as the Bulls open a two-game road trip against the Braves. The series concludes Tuesday night and the Bulls host the Braves at the DBAP on Wednesday. ... The USA collegiate baseball team will face Cuba at the DBAP at 7:05 Tuesday night in an international friendship match that will include a fireworks display.
Durham Bulls (64-38) 14, Pawtucket Red Sox (56-45) 13
July 21, 2013
|Bradley Jr., CF||5||0||0||0||1||4||6||.288|
|Diaz, J, SS||5||2||3||2||0||1||2||.264|
|Hamilton, M, LF||5||3||4||3||1||0||2||.276|
|Henry, Ju, 2B||5||0||0||1||0||0||6||.219|
|Butler, D, C||5||2||4||1||0||0||1||.258|
|Carpenter, C, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|1-Ran for Hassan in the 9th.|
2B: Hamilton, M 2 (12, Buschmann, Wade), Bogaerts (3, Wade), Butler, D (13, De Los Santos, F).
TB: Diaz, J 3; Hamilton, M 6; Butler, D 5; Sutton; Middlebrooks 2; Hassan 2; Bogaerts 2.
RBI: Hamilton, M 3 (36), Hassan 3 (18), Bogaerts 2 (23), Henry, Ju (31), Diaz, J 2 (25), Butler, D (30), Sutton (35).
2-out RBI: Hamilton, M; Hassan 2; Butler, D.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hassan; Diaz, J; Bradley Jr. 2; Sutton; Hamilton, M; Henry, Ju.
SF: Henry, Ju; Sutton.
Team RISP: 7-for-20.
Team LOB: 13.
SB: Hazelbaker (25, 2nd base off Yates/Flores, J).
E: Hassan (1, fielding).
|Figueroa, C, 3B||5||1||0||0||1||1||2||.295|
|Beckham, T, SS||5||2||3||0||1||2||1||.278|
|Anderson, Le, DH||4||2||2||3||1||1||2||.328|
|Flores, J, C||5||0||2||3||0||1||1||.192|
|De Los Santos, F, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Anderson, Le (21, Webster), Fontenot (25, Webster), Belnome 2 (29, Webster, Carter), Flores, J (4, Carter), Beckham, T (18, Carter).
TB: Flores, J 3; Belnome 4; Beckham, T 4; Gimenez 3; Bourgeois 3; Fontenot 2; Anderson, Le 3.
RBI: Anderson, Le 3 (59), Fontenot (32), Frey (3), Belnome 2 (58), Bourgeois 2 (46), Flores, J 3 (13).
2-out RBI: Flores, J 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Flores, J; Fontenot; Belnome; Figueroa, C; Frey.
Team RISP: 7-for-16.
Team LOB: 9.
E: Bourgeois (4, fielding), Beckham, T (17, fielding).
|Webster (L, 5-3)||1.1||3||7||7||5||1||0||4.40|
|Wade (W, 4-1)||2.0||3||1||1||0||3||0||1.89|
|De Los Santos, F||0.1||1||2||2||2||0||0||5.79|
|Yates (S, 11)||1.1||3||2||2||2||1||0||1.40|
Buschmann pitched to 4 batters in the 5th.
HBP: Diaz, J (by Buschmann), Bogaerts (by Buschmann), Fontenot (by Latimer).
Pitches-strikes: Webster 49-18, Latimer 53-30, Carter 40-21, Carpenter, C 34-21, Huntzinger 13-10, Buschmann 92-53, Wade 31-23, De Los Santos, F 24-10, Lueke 22-17, Yates 45-24.
Groundouts-flyouts: Webster 2-1, Latimer 1-4, Carter 0-2, Carpenter, C 5-0, Huntzinger 1-0, Buschmann 2-2, Wade 1-2, De Los Santos, F 0-0, Lueke 4-0, Yates 2-1.
Batters faced: Webster 12, Latimer 14, Carter 9, Carpenter, C 9, Huntzinger 3, Buschmann 24, Wade 9, De Los Santos, F 4, Lueke 7, Yates 9.
Inherited runners-scored: Latimer 1-1, Carter 3-3, Wade 3-3, Lueke 3-2, Yates 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Andy Dudones. 1B: Sean Barber. 3B: Toby Basner.
Weather: 86 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, Out to LF.
Venue: Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
July 21, 2013
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media