Bulls catcher smashes three-run home run in ninth as Bulls score four times to stun Charlotte
The Bulls would get plenty of help from Charlotte Saturday. All of Durham’s runs were unearned in a 5-2 win over the Knights at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
A game that began with a blast for the Durham Bulls ended with the shortest outing by a starting pitcher and their most lopsided loss, a 12-1 setback against the Charlotte Knights at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. In the bottom of the first, Kevin Kiermaier started to trot to first base before plate umpire Seth Buckminster called a strike to set up a full count. Kiermaier then blasted the next pitch from Knights starter Jason Berken (10-11) for a leadoff home run. But that was the extent of the offensive highlights for the Bulls (74-47) in the opener of a three-game series with Charlotte (57-63).
A four-game losing streak isn't unusual in minor league baseball. That is, unless you're with the 2013 Durham Bulls. Facing being swept in a four-game series for the first time this season, the Bulls put together an 11-hit performance highlighted by Leslie Anderson's three-run homer in the first inning of their 7-3 win over the Rochester Red Wings on Thursday night before a crowd of 10, 125 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The Durham Bulls may have the most wins in professional baseball, but right now the team has one glaring weakness — facing left-handed pitchers.
The Durham Bulls got a grand slam from a player who just came off the disabled list and Rochester's pitchers issued 10 walks including three in the ninth to load the bases. But instead of a walkoff victory by the Bulls, the Red Wings escaped with a 6-4 win to extend Durham's losing streak to three games Tuesday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
It wasn't a formula for winning, but the Durham Bulls' rally in the ninth inning of a 4-2 loss to the Rochester Red Wings on Monday night was a reason for optimism. After having just four base runners through eight innings, the Bulls finally got on the scoreboard in the ninth while sending eight batters to the plate.
The Durham Bulls were looking for their 10th win at home against the Gwinnett Braves on Sunday. Bulls pitcher Merrill Kelly, facing the Braves for the fourth time in six starts and aiming to keep his record perfect against Gwinnett, gave up just four hits while posting seven strikeouts. But it was Braves starter Yohan Flande who stole the show, scattering three hits while striking out eight through eight innings for a 4-1 win in International League action at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Closing in fast on another International League South Division championship and with a good chance to set the club record for regular-season wins, the Durham Bulls emphatically showed why those achievements are possible Saturday night.
Through five innings of Friday night’s rain-plagued game at Fifth Third Park, the Durham Bulls and Toledo Mud Hens were tightly matched with a pair of runs and six hits each. But that’s where the similarity ended, as the Mud Hens pounded Bulls starter Jake Odorizzi (8-5) in the sixth inning on the way to an 8-2 victory to prevent a sweep of the four-game series.
Yet another strong starting from International League all-star J.D. Martin and the Durham bullpen’s usual strong work led the Bulls to a win on Thursday night.
Leslie Anderson ripped a bases-loaded double in the eighth inning break a tie and lead the Durham Bulls to a 6-3 victory over the Toledo Mud Hens on Wednesday night at Fifth Third Field.
Shelley Duncan scored three runs and blasted his 10th home run of the season as the Durham Bulls got five of their nine hits from the bottom of the order in a 6-2 victory over the Toledo Mud Hens on Tuesday night at Fifth Third Field.
On a night when Durham pitchers gave up just six hits, one wild throw is all the Columbus Clippers needed to survive with a 5-4 victory over the Bulls on Monday night at Huntington Park.
Durham righty holds Columbus hitless over first six