Bulls' boots costly, gift-wrapping home win for Columbus
Relief pitcher Jeff Beliveau’s miserable start and subsequent seventh inning defensive collapse cost the Bulls dearly in a 3-2 loss at Columbus Friday night.
Leading 2-1, the Bulls effectively gave the Clippers five outs in the seventh.
Beliveau, who came on in relief of a solid Matt Buschmann to open the inning, surrendered a leadoff double to Ryan Rohlinger, a bunt single and a four-pitch to load the bases with none out.
Back-to-back errors by second baseman Ryan Roberts (throwing) and shortstop Beckham (fielding) compounded the situation, allowing the tying and go-ahead runs to score and leaving the bases full, still with none out.
Beliveau rebounded to get Chen, Hermida and Diaz on strikeouts, but Durham was done, 3-2.
Buschmann, a perfect 5-0 entering the game, gave up a double, two singles and a pair of walks in the bottom of the first, but cauterized the wound before the bleeding became game-threatening.
After giving up a leadoff double to Ezequiel Carrera, Buschmann walked Tim Fedroff. Carrera stole third, but Buschmann picked Fedroff off first for an out. Chun-Hsiu Chen walked to put runners at the corners and Jeremy Hermida singled in Carrera.
Juan Diaz singled to load the bases, but Buschmann escaped with a strikeout and groundout.
Each team threatened in the third, the Bulls with a pair of singles and Columbus with two more walks, but double plays ended each threat.
Durham finally tied the score in the top of the fifth, but managed only one run on singles by Kevin Kiermaier, Jesus Flores and Tim Beckham (RBI) to open the inning.
Cole Figueroa sacrificed Flores and Beckham to second and third with one out, but Columbus starter T.J. House retired Jason Bourgeois on a grounder and the International League’s No. 2 overall hitter, Vince Belnome, on a strikeout to strand them.
The Bulls grabbed a 2-1 lead in the top of the seventh on Kiermaier’s leadoff double and Beckham’s second run-scoring single of the game, this one with one out. Both hits were off the Clippers’ third pitcher of the night, Blake Wood, who was then lifted for former major leaguer Clay Rapada, most recently of the New York Yankees.
Figueroa greeted Rapada with a single to put runners on the corners and Rapada was lifted for Fernando Nieve, the fifth Clippers pitcher of the night.
Nieve again got the Bulls’ No. 3 and 4 hitters — Bourgeois and Belnome — to end the threat.
Buschmann was brilliant after the first, allowing only a second-inning single to Carrera and the two walks in the third while striking out eight. He gave way to Beliveau to open the bottom of the seventh, which turned into a disaster for the Bulls.
The Bulls had an excellent chance to tie it in the ninth as Beckham reached on a two-base error with one out and went to third on a fly out by Figueroa. Bourgeois walked and lefty reliever Nick Hagadone got Belnome on a fly ball to end the game.
NOTES — The Bulls on Friday activated shortstop Beckham after a short stay on the temporary inactive list for what was called “personal reasons.” He fills a roster spot vacated when outfielder Brandon Guyer went on the disabled list after having a finger fractured Thursday night when hit by a pitch in the first inning against Gwinnett. ... Belnome and Bourgeois went a combined 1 for 9 with no RBI and left 13 on base Friday night. ... Buschmann left with a lead for the second straight game, but again failed to pick up his sixth win. On Sunday night, he had a lead of as much as 10-1 early but didn’t get through the required five innings and got a no-decision in a 14-13 Bulls win over Pawtucket. ... The Bulls, who return to the DBAP on Aug. 3, will start J.D. Martin (12-4, 2.82) against Trevor Bauer (5-2, 3.84) in game two of their four-game set at Columbus at 7:05 p.m. tonight.
Columbus Clippers (51-57) 3, Durham Bulls (67-40) 2
July 26, 2013
|Beckham, T, SS||5||0||2||2||0||0||1||.280|
|Figueroa, C, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.302|
|Roberts, R, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||2||0||.247|
|Flores, J, C||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.200|
|1-Ran for Duncan in the 8th.|
2B: Kiermaier (1, Wood, Bl).
TB: Flores, J 2; Beckham, T 2; Duncan; Bourgeois; Kiermaier 3; Figueroa, C 2.
RBI: Beckham, T 2 (38).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gimenez; Belnome 4.
SAC: Figueroa, C.
Team RISP: 3-for-14.
Team LOB: 11.
SB: Roberts, R (1, 2nd base off House/Perez, R), Kiermaier (2, 3rd base off Wood, Bl/Perez, R), Beckham, T (13, 2nd base off Rapada/Perez, R).
CS: Roberts, R (1, 3rd base by Lee/Perez, R).
E: Roberts, R (4, throw), Beckham, T (18, fielding).
DP: (Roberts, R-Beckham, T-Belnome).
Pickoffs: Buschmann (Fedroff at 1st base).
|Carson, M, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||5||.241|
|Perez, R, C||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||.174|
|Wood, Bl, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Carrera (12, Buschmann), Rohlinger (12, Beliveau), Carson, M (13, Riefenhauser).
TB: Hermida; Carson, M 2; Carrera 3; Spears; Diaz; Rohlinger 2.
RBI: Hermida (51), Fedroff (37).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rohlinger 2; Fedroff; Diaz 2.
GIDP: Carson, M.
Team RISP: 3-for-13.
Team LOB: 8.
SB: Carrera 2 (31, 3rd base off Buschmann/Flores, J, 2nd base off Buschmann/Flores, J).
CS: Carson, M (3, home by Riefenhauser/Flores, J).
PO: Fedroff (1st base by Buschmann).
E: Rohlinger (8, throw), Lee (1, pickoff), Diaz (13, fielding).
|Beliveau (BS, 3)(L, 2-3)||1.0||2||2||1||1||3||0||2.52|
|Nieve (W, 5-2)||1.2||1||0||0||0||3||0||1.69|
|Hagadone (S, 1)||1.0||0||0||0||1||0||0||2.89|
Rapada pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.
Pitches-strikes: Buschmann 93-54, Beliveau 28-19, Riefenhauser 10-7, House 93-55, Lee 17-11, Wood, Bl 8-6, Rapada 7-5, Nieve 25-17, Hagadone 22-14.
Groundouts-flyouts: Buschmann 3-3, Beliveau 2-0, Riefenhauser 0-2, House 6-2, Lee 0-0, Wood, Bl 0-0, Rapada 0-0, Nieve 1-0, Hagadone 1-2.
Batters faced: Buschmann 24, Beliveau 8, Riefenhauser 3, House 22, Lee 3, Wood, Bl 3, Rapada 1, Nieve 6, Hagadone 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Rapada 1-0, Nieve 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Tom Honec. 1B: Max Guyll. 3B: David Soucy.
Weather: 79 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 10 mph, R to L.
Venue: Huntington Park.
July 26, 2013
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media