PAWSOX WIN OPENER
The Durham Bulls got the pitching they needed to hold the Pawtucket Red Sox scoreless through seven innings, but now they face needing to win a pair of games on the road to claim the Governors’ Cup championship after a 2-1 loss in Tuesday night’s series opener at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
“We lost a nailbiter,” Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo said after watching the Red Sox rally off his bullpen with the help of a key sacrifice bunt and a two-run infield hit by Brock Holt. “Usually we win them, and we win them how they won — making big plays at the end and getting a clutch hit.”
The Red Sox didn’t get a runner past first base until the eighth inning, stranding three and having another erased by a double play in the first inning.
Bulls starter Jake Odorizzi pitched seven strong innings, giving up four hits and one walk while striking out seven. He struck out the side in the seventh inning on 16 pitches before giving way to Durham reliever Jeff Beliveau.
“Odorizzi was outstanding again,” Montoyo said. “He gave us a chance.
“In the seventh, eighth innings, they made some big plays to win the game. We had a chance at the end, and we couldn’t capitalize.”
In the eighth, Pawtucket’s first two batters fell behind in the count 1-2 against Beliveau, but Justin Henry singled to right for the second time and Heiker Meneses was hit by a pitch. A sacrifice bunt by Jonathan Diaz advanced the runners, and both scored when Holt’s liner caromed off Mike Fontenot’s glove at second for a 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, Vince Belnome drew a leadoff walk and was replaced by pinch runner Shawn O’Malley. Brandon Guyer was hit by a pitch, but pinch hitter Evan Frey — batting for Leslie Anderson — struck out while attempting a sacrifice bunt. Fontenot ripped a grounder that Holt dove to stop at second, then threw to first for the second out. Pawtucket reliever Ryan Rowland-Smith then got Kevin Kiermaier to fly out to end the inning.
“I’ve got the tying run and the winning run at second, so that’s the call,” Montoyo said of pinch hitting for Anderson. “We need to get the bunt down so we get the tying run and the winning run, so that was an easy call. That’s not (Leslie’s) job; that’s Frey’s job to do it.
“(Holt) made three big plays tonight, and then he got the big hit, too.”
The Red Sox loaded the bases with two out in the ninth, but Bulls relief pitcher Adam Liberatore struck out Meneses for the final out.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Beckham beat out an infield single and Cole Figueroa followed with his second hit of the game. An intentional walk to Jason Bourgeois loaded the bases, but Shelley Duncan popped out in foul territory and Brandon Guyer flew out to right to end the game.
“We had our chances,” Odorizzi said. “We had plenty of chances to tie it up or win it late, and things didn’t go our way.
“Evan was in a tough spot. When everyone knows you’re bunting, it’s very tough. ... He’s not to blame; things just didn’t go our way.”
The Bulls played strategic baseball in the second to get on the board first, as Fontenot led off with a double to left-center, moved to third on a bunt by Kiermaier and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jesus Flores.
Durham’s next opportunity to add a run after that came in the bottom of the seventh when Tim Beckham drew a two-out walk off Pawtucket reliever Alex Wilson and went to third on a single to left by Figueroa. But Henry’s diving catch on a slicing drive to center field by Jason Bourgeois ended the threat.
NOTES — Durham second baseman Ryan Roberts was injured during pregame workouts and replaced in the lineup by Fontenot. O’Malley was activated to fill the spot on the Bulls roster. ... J.D. Martin (1-0, 2.25 ERA postseason) is scheduled to pitch game 2 today against Pawtucket’s Steven Wright (1-0, 0.00). Montoyo juggled the rotation to make sure Matt Buschmann (8-2, 2.97) gets a postseason turn on the mound, and he will face Matt Barnes (0-1, 9.00) of the Red Sox in Friday’s game at Pawtucket’s McCoy Stadium.
Pawtucket Red Sox (1-0) 2, Durham Bulls (0-1) 1
September 10, 2013
|Diaz, J, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.111|
|Hamilton, M, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||3||1||.211|
|Butler, D, C||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.286|
|Henry, Ju, CF||4||1||2||0||0||0||2||.455|
|Wilson, A, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Hazelbaker (1, Liberatore).
TB: Hazelbaker 3; Henry, Ju 2; Meneses; Holt 2.
RBI: Holt 2 (5).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hazelbaker; Henry, Ju; Meneses 2.
SAC: Diaz, J.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 7.
CS: Holt (1, 2nd base by Geltz/Flores, J).
E: Meneses (2, throw).
|Beckham, T, SS||4||0||2||0||1||1||1||.412|
|Figueroa, C, 3B||5||0||2||0||0||0||1||.353|
|Anderson, Le, DH||3||0||0||0||0||1||4||.154|
|Flores, J, C||3||0||1||1||0||1||0||.111|
a-Struck out for Anderson, Le in the 8th.
1-Ran for Belnome in the 8th.
2B: Fontenot (1, Ranaudo).
TB: Flores, J; Beckham, T 2; Guyer; Fontenot 2; Figueroa, C 2.
RBI: Flores, J (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Anderson, Le 3; Bourgeois; Kiermaier 2; Guyer 2.
SF: Flores, J.
Team RISP: 0-for-8.
Team LOB: 13.
SB: Guyer (1, 2nd base off Ranaudo/Butler, D).
E: Beckham, T (2, fielding).
DP: (Beckham, T-Fontenot-Belnome).
|Wilson, A (W, 1-0)||1.0||1||0||0||1||0||0||11.57|
|Rowland-Smith (H, 2)||1.0||0||0||0||1||1||0||0.00|
|Carter (S, 2)||1.0||2||0||0||1||1||0||0.00|
|Beliveau (BS, 1)(L, 1-1)||0.1||2||2||2||0||0||0||13.50|
IBB: Butler, D (by Liberatore), Bourgeois (by Carter).
HBP: Meneses (by Beliveau), Guyer (by Ranaudo), Guyer (by Rowland-Smith).
Pitches-strikes: Ranaudo 92-54, Wilson, A 21-14, Rowland-Smith 19-10, Carter 26-17, Odorizzi 103-70, Beliveau 16-11, Geltz 4-2, Liberatore 33-17.
Groundouts-flyouts: Ranaudo 6-7, Wilson, A 1-1, Rowland-Smith 1-1, Carter 0-1, Odorizzi 7-3, Beliveau 1-0, Geltz 0-1, Liberatore 2-0.
Batters faced: Ranaudo 25, Wilson, A 5, Rowland-Smith 5, Carter 6, Odorizzi 25, Beliveau 4, Geltz 1, Liberatore 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Geltz 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Chad Whitson. 1B: Brad Myers. 2B: Jon Byrne. 3B: David Soucy.
Weather: 88 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, R to L.
Venue: Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
September 10, 2013
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media