Indianapolis edges Romero, Bulls
Durham had one more hit than Indianapolis on Wednesday night.
But the Indians benefitted from an unearned run and edged the Bulls 2-1 in an International League baseball game at Victory Field.
Enny Romero (3-7) was a tough-luck losing pitcher for Durham. He struck out five in his six innings, allowing six hits and only one earned run.
Romero limited the Indians to just three hits over the first four innings while protecting a 1-0 lead.
But Indianapolis solved him and got some help from a Durham error in the fifth inning to tie the game.
With one out, Mel Rojas and Michael Martinez paired back-to-back singles. Romero appeared set to get out of the inning when Chase d’Arnaud hit a ground ball to shortstop. Hak-Ju Lee field cleanly and threw to second to start a double play, but Bulls second baseman Jayson NIx dropped the ball for an error that loaded the bases.
Robert Andino’s sacrifice fly to right field brought in an unearned run to tie the game at 1. Romero escaped further damage by retiring Chris Dickerson on a pop up to shortstop.
But Indianapolis found more success against Romero in the sixth inning.
Matt Hogue started the rally with a lead-off double. Tony Sanchez moved Hogue to third base with a groundout to second base and a Bret Morel groundout, also to Nix at second, gave Indianapolis a 2-1 lead.
The Bulls scored their lone run in the second inning when Wilson Betemit singled, moved to third on a Curt Casali double and scored on a Vince Belnome sacrifice fly.
Casali attempted to start a rally in the ninth inning for the Bulls, collecting a lead-off single. But after Belnome struck out, Ray Olmedo grounded into a game-ending double play.
Durham finished the game with seven hits to six for Indianapolis. The Bulls stranded seven runners on base while hitting into one double play and having one runner picked off base.
Notes: Durham’s bullpen makeup was shuffled Wednesday when right-hander Josh Lueke joined the team and left-hander Braulio Lara was optioned to Double-A Montgomery. Lueke, a pitcher with Durham last season, pitched in 25 games for Tampa Bay this season. He was designated for assignment last week after compiling a 5.64 ERA.