Former players Johnson, Bootcheck snap Bulls’ win streak
Two former Bulls collaborated in snapping Durham’s three-game winning streak as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat the Bulls 7-3 at PNC Field Sunday afternoon.
Dan Johnson drove in the game’s first run in the opening inning against Chris Archer (5-3), while starter Chris Bootcheck (5-0) allowed two runs in six innings to remain unbeaten in five decisions. Johnson won the International League MVP award with the Bulls in 2010, while Bootcheck went 3-2 over 16 games for the Bulls in the first half of 2011.
The game pivoted in the last of the third when Archer was faced with the bases loaded and one out. Corban Joseph hit a soft bouncer wide of the mound, and Archer saw the ball glance off his glove and then ran past the ball on the grass. By the time Archer recovered, he had no play at home plate, then threw high and wild past Leslie Anderson at first base, allowing all three runners to score. Joseph wound up at third base with the RailRiders taking a 4-0 lead.
The Bulls (30-20) scratched across a pair of runs in the fifth against Bootcheck on RBI singles by Rich Thompson and Vince Belnome, who stretched his hitting streak to 16 games.
Trailing 5-2 in the eighth, the Bulls put one last threat on the board against reliever Chase Whitley. After singles by Jason Bourgeois and Wil Myers, Brandon Guyer stroked an opposite-field RBI single to right, but Mike Fontenot grounded out to second base with the tying runs aboard.
Archer worked five innings, allowing four runs (two earned) and fanned six. Jim Paduch pitched the final thre innings, allowing an unearned run in the seventh and a two-run homer to Zoilo Almonte in the eighth.
Myers led the 10-hit charge for the Bulls with his first three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-4. Belnome was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk, lifting his average to .336. Bourgeois was 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored.
The Bulls, who closed out a 4-2 road swing through Norfolk and Scranton, return home today at 5:05 p.m. with Alex Torres (2-2, 2.81) starting against Buffalo lefty Ricky Romero (0-0, 8.76).
RailRiders 7, Bulls 3
Thompson lf|5|1|1|1|Joseph 2b|5|0|0|1
Bourgeois cf|3|1|2|0|Neal dh|3|1|1|0
Belnome 3b|3|0|2|1|Almonte lf|4|2|2|2
Myers dh|4|0|3|0|Mustelier rf|5|1|2|0
Anderson 1b|4|0|0|0|Johnson 1b|4|0|1|1
Guyer rf|4|0|1|1|Bell 3b|4|1|1|0
Fontenot ss|4|0|0|0|Mesa cf|5|0|0|0
Figueroa 2b|4|0|0|0|Maruszak ss|3|1|1|1
Albernaz c|4|1|1|0|Wilson c|1|1|1|0
E—Archer, Fontenot. DP—Scranton/WB 3. LOB—Durham 7, Scranton/WB 12. 2B—Bell. HR—Almonte (4). SB—Bourgeois (12), Albernaz (2), Thompson (14). SF—Maruszak.
Archer (L, 5-3)|5.0|5|4|2|3|6
Bootcheck (W, 5-0)|6.0|7|2|2|2|1
Rapada (H, 1)|1.0|0|0|0|0|1
Whitley (H, 1)|1.0|3|1|1|0|1
HBP—Neal (by Archer). Umpires—HP, Kelvin Bultron; 1B, Travis Carlson; 3B, Ryan Blakney. T—2:51. A—6,493.