Myers leads Bulls’ offensive vs. IronPigs
With the biggest crowd of the season anticipating the postgame fireworks show, the Durham Bulls spent the whole game unleashing blasts and bursts of their own.
The Bulls slammed 15 hits, including Wil Myers’ majestic three-run homer that started the scoring in the first inning, in a 12-6 International League win over Lehigh Valley at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
A crowd of 9,644 watched the Bulls break out of their May hitting slump in a big way. Durham had started this eight-game homestand with three consecutive losses, scoring just five runs along the way.
The Bulls ended that skid Thursday night, edging Syracuse 4-2 to salvage the final game of that four-game series.
Lehigh Valley pulled into town on Friday just in time for the Bulls to score their most runs since a 13-3 win at Syracuse on April 28.
“We needed them,” Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo said of his team’s scoring outburst.
Myers’ home run eased any lingering concerns about his early departure from Thursday night’s game with an upset stomach.
But on Friday, back in his familiar spot at third in the Bulls batting order, Myers came up with two on and no outs after Brandon Guyer and Mike Fontenot started the inning with singles.
Myers fouled off two pitches while the count was 2-2 before slamming a no-doubt home run. He flipped his bat and admired his shot as it soared over the Blue Monster in left field.
Myers wasn’t alone in a good hitting night, though.
Guyer collected four hits, scoring three runs while driving in one. Mike Fontenot and seldom-used catcher Craig Albernaz each had three hits.
Albernaz reached base four times out of the No. 9 hole. Like Guyer, he scored three runs. He also threw out two Lehigh Valley runners on the basepaths.
“Albernaz was key in this game,” Montoyo said. “I’m glad I’m talking about Albe because he did a good job. He made a difference tonight behind the plate.”
In his first game since pitching the bulk of the innings in Durham’s combined no-hitter last Sunday in Pawtucket, Bulls starter Jake Odorizzi fought through 5.1 innings of work. He allowed three runs on seven hits, but he didn’t walk any one while he struck out two.
“Odorizzi battled,” Montoyo said. “He wasn’t sharp, but he battled to get where he got.”
Odorizzi said he thought the mound felt a little slick in the first inning and was glad some work was done on it for the second inning. He felt good about an outing where his command wasn’t its best.
“They hit a lot of singles and a lot of fouls balls; that’s what got my pitch count up,” said Odorizzi, who threw 101 pitches. “I feel like my line didn’t reflect how I actually did.”
NOTES — Durham relief pitcher Josh Lueke was promoted to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday to replace Brandon Gomes on the major league roster. Gomes was placed on the disabled list with a right lastissimus dorsi strain. The 28-year-old Lueke was 2-0 with seven saves and a 0.95 ERA in 14 games for the Bulls this season. ... Three days after allowing three hits and three runs without recording an out against Syracuse, Bulls left-handed relief pitcher Frank De Los Santos was placed on the disabled list on Friday. ... The Bulls and IronPigs continue their four-game series today with a 5:05 p.m. game. Chris Archer (4-1, 4.06) is the scheduled starter for Durham, while fellow right-hander Ethan Martin (2-2, 6.35) will start for Lehigh Valley.
Bulls 12, IronPigs 6
Mitchell cf|5|1|1|0|Guyer cf|5|3|4|1
Hernandez 2b|5|1|1|0|Fontenot 2b|6|1|3|3
Asche 3b|4|2|3|1|Myers rf|5|1|1|4
Ruf dh|4|0|2|1|Duncan dh|4|1|1|0
Overbeck 1b|4|0|1|1|Belnome 1b|5|1|1|0
Castro rf|4|0|0|0|Gimenez lf|3|1|0|0
Martinez ss|3|1|0|0|Beckham ss|4|1|1|1
Lerud c|3|1|1|0|Figueroa 3b|5|0|1|2
Orr lf|4|0|2|2|Albernaz c|5|3|3|0
Lehigh Val.|000|202|200— 6
E—Hernandez, Asche, Martinez, Beckham. DP—Lehigh Valley 1, Durham 1. LOB—Lehigh Valley 5, Durham 11. 2B—Mitchell, Asche, Overbeck, Orr, Albernaz, Figueroa. 3B—Orr. HR—Myers (4). SB—Guyer (6).
Morgan (L, 1-3)|3.2|7|5|5|1|2
Odorizzi (W, 4-0)|5.1|7|3|3|0|2
Beliveau (H, 2)|0.2|2|1|1|0|1
Geltz (H, 2)|2.0|1|2|2|2|3
WP—Friend, Odorizzi 2. PB—Lerud. Balk—Geltz. HBP—Beckham (by Morgan), Guyer (by Morgan). Umpires—HP, Travis Carlson; 1B, Ryan Blakney; 3B, Kelvin Bultron. T—3:38. A—9,644.