Sports: Durham Bulls

Jun. 09, 2014 @ 10:41 PM

Bulls ebb Tides

Durham shuts out Norfolk on the road.

Jun. 08, 2014 @ 09:24 PM

Bulls blasted

Norfolk rattles Karns early to blow out Durham

Jun. 07, 2014 @ 10:17 PM



Matt Andriese finally gave up a run, but his winning streak continued.

Andriese allowed one run in eight innings as the Durham Bulls defeated the Norfolk Tides 4-2 Saturday at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

“Andriese was lights out,” Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo said. “That’s the best lineup in this league, the Norfolk Tides, and to go eight innings like he did, he was the MVP.”

The Tides lead the International League with 310 runs scored.

Andriese (6-3) allowed a run in the fifth inning, stopping his scoreless innings streak at 23. That streak was the second longest of the Montoyo era, which started in 2007, behind only Mitch Talbot’s 24 straight scoreless innings in 2008.

Andriese is now 5-0 in his last six starts and has allowed five earned runs in 38 innings during that span. His performance was needed on a night when the Bulls (38-26) again struggled against a knuckleballer.

After Steven Wright pitched seven scoreless innings against Durham on Thursday, Norfolk righty Eddie Gamboa gave up two runs on three hits in seven innings on Saturday.

“If I don’t see another knuckleballer the rest of the year, I’ll be happy,” Montoyo said.


Jun. 07, 2014 @ 07:51 PM

Bulls' closer Kirby Yates finally gets long-awaited call from Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays recalled RHP Kirby Yates from the Durham Bulls Saturday, marking the first career big-league call-up for the Hawaiian reliever.

Jun. 06, 2014 @ 10:47 PM

PawSox Rip Bulls


The first-place Durham Bulls dropped the finale of their four-game set with the Pawtucket Red Sox, falling 7-0 Friday night at the DBAP to split the series.
After shutting out the PawSox on Thursday, the Bulls’ offense struggled to get on track in front of a sellout crowd of 10,164 fans. Pawtucket starter Anthony Ranaudo (6-4) and the PawSox bullpen combined to three-hit the Bulls, as a second-inning double by Justin Christian and a Cole Figueroa single in the third were the only base runners allowed by Ranaudo, who earned the win. Figueroa added a second single in the ninth for Durham’s final hit.  
Meanwhile, the PawSox (30-33) scored early and often, beginning with Christian Vazquez’s three-run homer in the first inning off of Bulls’ starter Enny Romero (3-6), who gave up six runs and eight hits in three innings of work to absorb the loss.

Jun. 06, 2014 @ 06:58 PM



The Durham Bulls won a pitchers’ duel over the Pawtucket Red Sox, 2-0 Thursday night in front of 9,609 fans at the DBAP.

Right-hander Alex Colome (1-0) ran his minor league consecutive scoreless inning streak to 22 2/3 with eight shutout innings, striking out seven and allowing just four singles and a walk.

The Bulls (37-25) did no better against Pawtucket starter Steven Wright though, who pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out seven and allowing four hits while walking three.

After 103 pitches, Wright gave way to reliever Dalier Hinojosa (0-4) in the eighth. Hak-Ju Lee greeted him with a single before Hinojosa walked Mikie Mahtook and advanced both runners on a wild pitch. After an intentional walk to Wilson Betemit loaded the bases, Justin Christian hit a ground ball single off the third baseman’s glove, scoring Lee for the game’s first run. Vince Belnome followed up with a sacrifice fly to centerfield, scoring Mahtook for a 2-0 advantage.

Kirby Yates pitched the ninth and allowed the first two hitters to reach on a triple and a walk, but retired the next three hitters he faced in order to preserve the shutout and earn his league-leading 16th save in as many chances.


Jun. 05, 2014 @ 06:21 PM

Ex-Bull Ryan Roberts caps comeback in 9th, Sox win in 11

Ryan Roberts did his part to beat his former team Wednesday and top prospect Mookie Betts finished it off as the Pawtucket Red Sox beat the Durham Bulls 8-7 in 11 innings. UPDATE: Includes game notes for Thursday, June 5 home date against Pawtucket ...

Jun. 04, 2014 @ 06:51 PM

Bulls come back, beat PawSox at DBAP behind Yates

Cole Figueroa’s diving grab on a line drive with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the ninth extended closer Kirby Yates’ scoreless innings streak as Durham beat Pawtucket 5-2 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. ... Includes Wednesday, June 4 Pawtucket Red Sox at Durham Bulls game notes ...


Jun. 02, 2014 @ 08:00 PM

IronPigs pen Bulls, avoid sweep

A sickly Durham Bulls offense allowed the Lehigh Valley IronPigs to avoid a four-game sweep with a 3-0 win at Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Monday.

Jun. 01, 2014 @ 10:00 PM

Romero in rhythm as Bulls keep it rolling

Durham Bulls lefty Enny Romero has the bigs on his mind in a Major League way.

May. 31, 2014 @ 10:07 PM

Colome shines in Durham return as Bulls rout IronPigs 10-0

Starting for Durham after serving a 50-game suspension for use of a performance-enhancing drug, Alex Colome allowed no runs over 5 ⅔ innings as the Bulls beat Lehigh Valley 10-0 before 10,021 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

May. 30, 2014 @ 10:39 PM

Kirby Yates saves Bulls in 5-4 opener of 10-game homestand

Reliever Kirby Yates came on to face a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the top of the eighth inning with a 5-3 lead and allowed only one run to score -- that on an error -- as the ace closer shut down the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 5-4 Friday night.

May. 30, 2014 @ 04:20 PM

Tampa Bay Rays option Cole Figueroa back to Durham Bulls

The parent Tampa Bay Rays on Friday optioned infielder Cole Figueroa to the Durham Bulls. To make room on the roster, Robby Price was sent from the Bulls to extended spring training.

May. 29, 2014 @ 09:42 PM

Bulls waste pitching gem, fall to Mud Hens in finale 1-0

Runs and hits came at a premium Thursday night at Toledo's Fifth Third Field. In the end, three walks and a two-out double in the bottom of the eighth plated the game’s only run as the Toledo Mud Hens salvaged a split of their four-game series with the Durham Bulls 1-0.

May. 28, 2014 @ 07:41 PM

Pitching gem gets Bulls back on winning road

Matt Andriese and a pair of relievers combined on a three-hit shutout as the Durham Bulls beat the Toledo Mud Hens 7-0 in a rare 10:30 a.m. game Wednesday at Fifth Third Field.