Olmedo’s single spoils Bulls comeback hopes
Ray Olmedo’s two-run, bases-loaded single game the Rochester Red Wings a walk-off 6-5 victory over the Durham Bulls in International League action Thursday evening.
Jeff Beliveau (0-1), who came on to pitch in the eighth for the Bulls and struck out the side, struggled from the start in the ninth.
Rochester’s Eric Farris drew a leadoff walk on five pitches, then pinch hitter Doug Bernier was credited with a bunt single when Beliveau over ran the ball. Four pitches later, Antoan Richardson drew a walk to load the bases.
Olmedo, who played with the Bulls in 2011, lined a shot to the right-field corner to end the game with his second hit.
Durham trailed 3-0 after back-to-back homers by Chris Colabello and Jeff Clement two out in the first off starter Chris Archer, who gave up six hits and four walks while striking out just one in five innings.
The Bulls were fortunate to get out of the fourth while only giving up one run, as Clement, Brian Dinkelman and Joe Benson walked to load the bases. Eric Farris grounded into a double play, then Danny Lehmann grounded out to end the inning with the Red Wings leading 4-0.
Durham finally got on the board in the sixth on a single by Rich Thompson and a two-run homer by Brandon Guyer, his fourth of the season.
The Bulls tied the score in the seventh, with Tim Beckham reaching on a one-out infield single and going to second on a throwing error by Olmedo. Cole Figueroa walked, and pinch hitter Vince Belnome ripped an RBI single to right. Thompson’s second hit of the day drove in Figueroa for a 4-4 knot.
The Bulls took the lead in the eighth when Leslie Anderson led off with a walk and went to second on a passed ball before being replaced by pinch runner Jason Bourgeois. A two-out single by Beckham drove in Bourgeois for a 5-4 Durham lead.
Chris Gimenez and Thompson walked to open the ninth, but Guyer struck out and Wil Myers grounded into a double play to cut the rally short.
Thompson, Guyer, Anderson and Beckham had a pair of hits each for the Bulls, who face Rochester again today at 7:05 p.m. before heading to Durham Bulls Athletic Park for a two-game weekend series against Norfolk beginning Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
Red Wings 6, Bulls 5
Thompson cf|4|1|2|1|Richardson cf|4|1|1|0
Guyer lf|5|1|2|2|Olmedo ss|5|0|2|2
Myers rf|4|0|0|0|Herrmann lf|4|0|0|0
Anderson 1b|3|0|2|0|Colabello 1b|3|1|2|2
Bourgeois pr|0|1|0|0|Clement dh|2|2|1|1
Apodaca c|0|0|0|0|Dinkelman 3b|2|0|0|0
Duncan dh|4|0|0|0|Hanson ph-3b|1|0|0|0
Fontenot 2b|4|0|0|0|Benson rf|3|0|0|0
Beckham ss|4|1|2|1|Farris 2b|3|1|0|0
Figueroa 3b|3|1|0|0|Lehmann c|3|0|1|0
None out when winning run scored.
E—Olmedo. DP—Durham, Rochester 2. LOB—Durham 7, Rochester 8. 2B—Anderson. HR—Colabello (11), Clement (4), Guyer (4).
Beliveau (BS, 1)(L, 0-1)|1.0|2|2|2|2|3
Robertson (BS, 1)|0.0|3|0|0|0|0
Perez (W, 1-0)|1.0|0|0|0|2|1
Inman pitched to 1 in the 8th.
Beliveau pitched to 4 in the 9th.
Robertson pitched to 3 in the 7th.
WP—Deduno. PB—Lehmann. Umpires—HP, Carlos Torres; 1B, Jeff Gosney; 2B, Clint Fagan; 3B, Ben May. T—2:46. A—3,455.