TOLEDO MUD HENS, FAVORITE TEAM OF M*A*S*H* TV STAR, POWER PAST BULLS 5-3
Mike Montgomery’s start for the Durham Bulls Friday night was far better than the previous time he took the mound.
Alas, it still wasn’t good enough to get he and the first-place Bulls a win.
After being touched for eight runs in his worst outing of the season last Sunday, Montgomery surrendered four runs, including two in the seventh inning, as Toledo beat Durham 5-3 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The loss is the third in a row for Durham (56-49), which saw its lead in the International League South Division fall to eight games over Gwinnett.
“Our starters have been very good, but when you are pitching with no room for error it’s tough,” Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo said. “He gave up two runs, which seems like a lot all of the sudden. Then you give up two more and it seems like its a lot again.”
Heavy downpours and lightning forced the suspension of the Durham Bulls game Thursday night with the Rochester Red Wings leading 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning at Durham Bulls Athletic Park
5 ERRORS, 6 UNEARNED RUNS UNDERMINE BULLS IN 6-5 LOSS IN 11
Rochester and Durham kept answering each other.
Rochester got in the last word.
Red Wings shortstop Doug Bernier drove in two 11th-inning runs with a double over the head of Bulls third-baseman Robby Price.
The Bulls had no viable response to that and lost for the second night in a row at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Rochester won 6-5 Wednesday in a game extended by five Bulls breaches.
The problem with the Bulls all season has been their inability to bring home base runners. Well, errors doomed them this time. The Bulls committed five of them.
“Our defense didn't play good. Big errors,” Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo said. “We've got to win by pitching and defense, and we didn't have it.”
Durham's not one of these teams that generates lots of runs, so it's about the Bulls being opportunistic on offense and just about perfect on defense, Montoyo said.
UPDATED WITH THURSDAY NIGHT PRE-GAME BULLS NOTES
For all the fun and excitement Monday night’s record-breaking Durham Bulls win created, Tuesday night represented the hangover.
One night after the Bulls delivered a win that gave manager Charlie Montoyo the team’s all-time wins record, Durham struck out 13 times while suffering a quiet 4-0 defeat to Rochester at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Starting pitcher Mark Hamburger and relief pitcher Ryan Pressly mowed through the Durham lineup, allowing just five hits. First-place Durham (56-47) had two runners on in the same inning only twice all night.
The Durham Bulls beat Rochester 5-1 Monday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, giving manager Charlie Montoyo his franchise-record 614th win. He'd been tied with his predecessor, Bill Evers, with 613 victories.
The Bulls return to Durham Bulls Athletic Park with a 9 1/2 game lead in the South Division.
For the third straight night, Saturday’s Bulls-Braves showdown looked like it would end in a shutout. The Bulls managed to get on the scoreboard and actually put the potential tying runs on base in their last at-bat, but couldn’t get it done, falling 3-1.
The Durham Bulls shut out the Gwinnett Braves for the second straight night Friday, the 1-0 win tying manager Charlie Montoyo with former Bulls skipper Bill Evers for the all-time franchise mark of 613. ... Updated with Saturday's pre-game Bulls notes ...
The Durham Bulls extended their International League South lead over second place Gwinnett to 10-1/2 games Thursday night with a 7-0 win in the opener of a four-game series at Coolray Field. ... Updated with Friday night game notes ...
VISITING TRIPLE-A DIGNITARIES THRILLED AT DURHAM'S ALL-STAR PRODUCTION
Next year at this time, Martie Cordaro’s job will be to duplicate what Durham Bulls officials did while putting on Wednesday night’s Triple-A All-Star Game.
The circumstances were unlike anything ever seen at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, but the end result was very familiar — a comfortable win for Charlie Montoyo and the home team. Montoyo managed the International League to a 7-3 win over the Pacific Coast Wednesday as the Triple-A All-Star Game came to Durham for the first time.
BULLS MAHTOOK, BETEMIT TO OPEN FOR IL IN ALL-STAR GAME WEDNESDAY AT THE DBAP
The two Durham Bulls position players on the International League All-Star team will find their names in the starting lineup tonight.
For five innings, likely, their experience playing in the Triple-A All-Star Game at Durham Bulls Athletic Park will feel a lot like their other 72 home games for the Bulls.
Durham manager Charlie Montoyo, who is managing the IL team in the game tonight (7 p.m., MLB Network), has Wilson Betemit playing designated hitter while Mikie Mahtook is starting in left field.
He and Pacific Coast League manager Bob Mariano both said they plan to use the starting players for five innings before substituting to get as many players into the game as possible.
Mahtook said starting an all-star game in his home park is a neat experience. He should know because he did the same thing two years ago as a Florida State League all-star playing in Port Charlotte, Florida.
Two Durham Bulls starting pitchers, Mike Montgomery and Merrill Kelly, join Mahtook and Betemit on the IL roster. Liam Hendriks of Buffalo, who is 7-1 with a 2.19 ERA, will start on the mound for the IL team.
Updated with official pre-game notes ...
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