Bulls lose 8th straight;; Wednesday night Bulls' notes
Eight is enough. Hopefully.
The Durham Bulls lost, again, this time to the Indianapolis Indians at Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Tuesday. That’s eight straight losses for the Bulls.
The score was 2-1.
At least this one was close.
“I don’t mind losing like that, because we’re in the game. We’ve still got a chance,” Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo said.
The Bulls were strong on the mound but weren’t hitting on much at the plate, Montoyo said “You would think, sooner or later, these guys are going to score a few runs — you would think,” Montoyo said.
In the second inning, Indy’s Mel Rojas singled to right field and drove in Matt Hague.
That wasn’t a lot of damage but Montoyo has talked about about how things tend to snowball for teams on the skids like the Bulls.
In the third, Bulls shortstop Hak-Ju Lee committed his eighth error of the season to put runners on first and second for Indians center-fielder Chris Dickerson, who walked to load the bases for third-baseman Brent Morel with one out.
Bulls pitcher Enny Romero (3-8) struck him out.
Then Hague came to the plate and got a hit to drive in a run.
Justin Christian banged out his his 18th double of the season in the fourth inning. It was a 400-foot rocket that allowed him to reach the bag standing.
Indians pitcher Nick Kingham (2-0) walked Vince Belnome, and the Bulls were threatening as Mikie Mahtook approached the plate.
Mahtook went down swinging, and designated hitter Wilson Betemit grounded out, stranding two Bulls.
“We’re just not hitting,” Montoyo said.
That’s why playing teams close is critical for the Bulls, Montoyo said. The deal with Durham is hanging around in games and being in a position to pull out a win, he explained.
“That’s how we were winning games early (in the season),” Montoyo said. “We never really hit.”
The one run the Bulls scored against Indianapolis was a gift from the Indians, a seventh-inning error on the hot corner. Morel bobbled the ball from Jayson Nix’s bat. That brought home Mahtook, who reached on a single.
Indians reliever Andy Oliver showed up in the ninth throwing heat to finish off the Bulls. That was his eighth save.
“We’re not worried about the losing streak,” Lee said. “Baseball is tough.
“For me, I have to hit.”
NOTES — Bulls’ infielder Cole Figueroa on Tuesday was recalled by the Tampa Bay Rays, Durham’s parent organization. The Bulls added outfielder Jeremy Moore from Double-A Montgomery ... Bulls right-hander Nathan Karns (3-4, 5.58) will face Indians righty Jake Brigham (2-4, 3.26) today at 7:05 p.m. at the DBAP in the second game of their teams’ four-game series.
Indianapolis Indians (46-32) 2, Durham Bulls (43-37) 1
June 24, 2014
|d'Arnaud, C, LF||5||1||1||0||0||2||2||.214|
|Rojas, M, RF||4||0||2||1||0||0||2||.333|
|Martinez, M, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.228|
|Oliver, A, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Hague (10, Riefenhauser).
3B: d'Arnaud, C (5, Riefenhauser).
TB: McGuiness; Martinez, M; Rojas, M 2; d'Arnaud, C 3; Hague 3.
RBI: Rojas, M (2), Hague (51).
2-out RBI: Rojas, M; Hague.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ashley 2; Rojas, M; Dickerson; McGuiness.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
Team LOB: 9.
PO: Rojas, M (1st base by Casali).
E: Morel (4, fielding).
DP: (Martinez, M-McGuiness).
|Nix, J, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.209|
|Lee, H, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.212|
2B: Christian (18, Kingham).
TB: Fontenot; Christian 2; Mahtook.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Betemit; Christian.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 4.
SB: Mahtook (12, 2nd base off Kingham/Ashley), Fontenot (5, 2nd base off Wall/Ashley).
E: Lee, H (8, fielding), Belnome (4, fielding).
Pickoffs: Casali (Rojas, M at 1st base).
|Kingham (W, 2-0)||6.2||2||1||0||2||5||0||0.44|
|Wall (H, 2)||1.1||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.97|
|Oliver, A (S, 8)||1.0||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.11|
|Romero (L, 3-8)||6.0||4||2||1||4||6||0||5.04|
Pitches-strikes: Kingham 101-64, Wall 24-17, Oliver, A 11-9, Romero 103-61, Riefenhauser 31-20, Beliveau 13-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Kingham 8-4, Wall 2-2, Oliver, A 1-0, Romero 7-3, Riefenhauser 2-1, Beliveau 0-0.
Batters faced: Kingham 23, Wall 6, Oliver, A 3, Romero 26, Riefenhauser 8, Beliveau 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Wall 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Sean Barber. 1B: Jon Byrne. 3B: Derek Mollica.
Weather: 86 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, R to L.
Venue: Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
June 24, 2014
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media