Betemit, Moore power Bulls past Tides
Wilson Betemit has turned down a chance to appear in the Triple-A Home Run Derby at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. On Sunday, the crowd of 6,872 at the DBAP still got a chance to see his power.
Betemit crushed a 2-0 fastball from Josh Stinson into the rightfield stands in the third inning as Durham beat the Norfolk Tides 7-5.
One of four Bulls scheduled to participate in the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 16, Betemit is now tied for fourth in the IL with 14 home runs. But the 32-year-old said he declined the opportunity to participate in the home run contest at his home park on July 14 because he wanted to rest his knee.
“I want to be more relaxed that day and enjoy seeing (other) guys hitting those homers,” said Betemit, who missed most of last season with a torn PCL.
Betemit added an RBI single as the Bulls (49-43) score more than four runs for the first time in 10 games.
Jayson Nix had a two-run double in the fourth inning and lefthanded hitter Jeremy Moore hit a tie-breaking two-run home run off of southpaw Kelvin De La Cruz (1-4) in the fifth as the Bulls improved to 8-3 against the Tides this season.
Moore has reached safely in nine of 10 games since his promotion on June 24 and is hitting .324.
As expected in a game in which both starters have been struggling, each team had plenty of chances early. Bulls righty Nathan Karns had allowed 24 earned runs in 16.1 innings over his last four starts while Stinson had allowed 20 runs over 16.1 innings in his last five appearances.
After Norfolk (36-55) scored twice in the top of the third, Betemit took advantage of a pitch down the middle of the plate to lead off the bottom half of the inning. The Bulls were poised for more when they loaded the bases with one out, but Nos. 3-4 hitters Mike Fontenot and Mikie Mahtook both struck out swinging.
The Tides made it 3-1 in the fourth on a home run by Xavier Paul, his 10th of the season, but the Bulls took the lead later in the inning. Curt Casali and Betemit drew back-to-back walks with one out, and Nix brought them both home with a double to the centerfield wall.
Durham then went up 4-3 when rightfielder Francisco Peguero lost Robby Price’s fly ball in the sun, turning it into an RBI double.
Norfolk answered back in the fifth when Quintin Berry led off with a double off the base of the Blue Monster, and Peguero made up for his fielding miscue with a two-out RBI single.
Karns (5-5) gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits in 5.2 innings on Sunday to earn the win. Though it was an improvement over his previous four outings – his ERA of 13.22 was the worst in the IL in that span – Durham manager Charlie Montoyo wasn’t ready to pronounce him fixed.
“Every time we scored, he didn’t stop them,” Montoyo said. “He went into the sixth, but I expect better from him. … Too many pitches up in the zone. At this level and the next, they’re going to make you pay.”
But the Bulls went ahead to stay on Moore’s home run in the fifth, and Betemit added an insurance run in the seventh with a two-out RBI single.
“Our offense came through today,” Montoyo said. “It was good to see our offense come back and not stop right there and keep scoring runs.”
NOTE – Durham plays its last home game until July 21 today at 7:05 p.m. RHP Matt Andriese (8-4, 3.56), who has won seven of his last nine starts, will pitch against Norfolk RHP Mike Wright (1-7, 6.47).
Durham Bulls (49-43) 7, Norfolk Tides (36-55) 5
July 6, 2014
|Weeks, J, SS||4||1||1||1||1||1||2||.286|
|Peguero, F, RF||4||0||1||1||0||1||2||.294|
|De Jesus, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.293|
|Phelps, C, LF||3||1||1||0||1||1||2||.224|
|De La Cruz, Kel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Berry 2 (15, Karns, Lueke), Britton (12, Riefenhauser), Weeks, J (8, Riefenhauser).
HR: Paul (10, 4th inning off Karns, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Wallace; Weeks, J 2; Britton 2; Clevenger; Berry 4; Paul 4; Peguero, F; Phelps, C.
RBI: Weeks, J (13), Clevenger (21), Paul (42), Peguero, F (21), Berry (24).
2-out RBI: Clevenger; Peguero, F.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Wallace; Phelps, C; Peguero, F; Clevenger.
Team RISP: 2-for-11.
Team LOB: 7.
SB: Peguero, F (4, 2nd base off Karns/Casali).
E: Britton (8, fielding).
DP: (Weeks, J-De Jesus-Wallace).
|Nix, J, 1B||4||1||2||2||0||0||2||.238|
2B: Nix, J (11, Stinson), Price (5, De La Cruz, Kel).
3B: Christian (4, Rapada).
HR: Betemit (14, 3rd inning off Stinson, 0 on, 0 out), Moore (2, 5th inning off De La Cruz, Kel, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Moore 4; Betemit 5; Price 2; Christian 3; Nix, J 3; Mahtook.
RBI: Betemit 2 (38), Nix, J 2 (15), Price (13), Moore 2 (12).
2-out RBI: Price; Betemit.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Mahtook 2; Christian; Nix, J; Fontenot.
Team RISP: 3-for-10.
Team LOB: 8.
E: Olmedo (8, throw).
DP: (Fontenot-Nix, J).
|De La Cruz, Kel (L, 1-4)||3.1||4||3||3||3||4||1||5.44|
|Karns (W, 5-5)||5.2||6||4||3||2||5||1||5.99|
|Riefenhauser (H, 7)||1.0||2||0||0||0||1||0||1.91|
|Geltz (H, 5)||1.1||0||0||0||0||2||0||3.05|
|Lueke (S, 3)||1.0||1||1||1||1||3||0||2.03|
WP: Stinson, De La Cruz, Kel.
HBP: Britton (by Karns).
Pitches-strikes: Stinson 62-31, De La Cruz, Kel 66-37, Rapada 27-19, Karns 90-53, Riefenhauser 22-13, Geltz 17-10, Lueke 20-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Stinson 2-4, De La Cruz, Kel 5-0, Rapada 3-1, Karns 6-4, Riefenhauser 0-1, Geltz 0-1, Lueke 0-0.
Batters faced: Stinson 17, De La Cruz, Kel 17, Rapada 5, Karns 25, Riefenhauser 5, Geltz 4, Lueke 5.
Inherited runners-scored: De La Cruz, Kel 1-1, Rapada 2-0, Geltz 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Seth Buckminster. 1B: Jonathan Bailey. 3B: Travis Carlson.
Weather: 86 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 7 mph, Out to LF.
Venue: Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
July 6, 2014
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media