Bulls head home after loss to Knights
A day after snapped a 14-game losing skid at Knights Stadium, the Durham Bulls began another with a 2-1 loss to Charlotte in International League action.
The nearly three-hour contest, which began at 11:05 a.m., was a pitchers’ duel, nonetheless — the teams combined for only 11 hits.
Bulls starter Alex Colome (1-1) gave up five hits and both runs, though only one was earned. Charlotte starter Andre Rienzo (1-1) picked up the win, scattering six hits and giving up the only run by the Bulls.
Seth Loman opened the bottom of the second inning with a single for Charlotte (5-8), but Colome got a pop out and a strikeout before Jim Gallagher singled and Drew Garcia doubled in Loman for a 1-0 lead.
The Bulls (8-5) evened the score in the third, with Wil Myers ripping a one-out triple and Chris Gimenez driving him in with a two-out single.
The Knights closed the scoring in the bottom of the third, loading the bases on a single by Carlos Sanchez, a walk to Steve Tolleson and an error by Durham center fielder Jason Bourgeois on a ball hit by Jordan Danks.
The Bulls got Sanchez out at home on a grounder by Seth Lomon, and Colome struck out Bryan Anderson looking. But Jared Mitchell drew a five-pitch walk to force in Tolleson for the eventual winning run.
The Bulls had just four base runners the rest of the day, each reaching first on a walk by the Knights’ pitchers.
Charlotte faired no better, getting only three runners on base in the last five innings.
The Knights and Bulls play the first of a two-game set at Durham Bulls Athletic Park today at 7:05 p.m., with Charlotte sending Simon Castro (0-1, 5.25 ERA) to the mound against Durham’s J.D. Martin (0-1, 6.23).
Knights 2, Bulls 1
Bourgeois cf|5|0|0|0|Durango lf|4|0|0|0
Lee ss|3|0|1|0|Sanchez ss|3|0|2|0
Myers rf|4|1|2|0|Tolleson 3b|2|1|0|0
Le.Anderson 1b|3|0|0|0|Danks rf|4|0|0|0
Gimenez dh|3|0|1|1|Loman dh|3|1|1|0
Guyer lf|4|0|1|0|B.Anderson c|4|0|0|0
Fontenot 3b|4|0|0|0|Mitchell cf|3|0|0|1
Figueroa 2b|4|0|1|0|Gallagher 1b|4|0|1|0
Apodaca c|3|0|0|0|Garcia 2b|3|0|1|1
E—Bourgeois. LOB—Durham 10, Charlotte 9. 2B—Garcia. 3B—Myers. SB—Lee (6), Sanchez (3).
Colome (L, 1-1)|5.0|5|2|1|4|7
De Los Santos|1.0|0|0|0|0|2
Rienzo (W, 1-1)|6.0|6|1|1|1|5
Purcey (H, 2)|2.0|0|0|0|2|2
Gray (S, 1)|1.0|0|0|0|1|1
WP—Gray. HBP—Anderson, Le (by Rienzo), Loman (by Colome). Umpires—HP, David Rackley; 1B, Toby Basner; 2B, Sean Barber; 3B, Andy Dudones. T—2:51. A—4,135.