Indy drops Bulls to 2-6 as 8-game homestand ends
The Bulls lapsed into some old habits Friday night, failing to get productive hits while allowing Indianapolis to gradually pile up runs and eventually shut the door in an 7-2 win over the home team.
The Bulls end their eight-game homestand with a record of 2-6.
Durham’s batters somehow have to figure out something at the plate, Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo said.
“No excuses. If the pitching doesn’t give us a chance, it’s going to be tough for us to win some games,” Montoyo said. “It’s almost July now, and guys are hitting .230. It is what it is.”
Indianapolis scored first. Michael Martinez hit a single to right field that drove in Robert Andino.
Martinez got that hit off Jeremy Hellickson, a right-hander with the Tampa Bay Rays, the parent club for the Bulls.
Hellickson (\0-4) is in Durham working out the kinks from elbow surgery. He lasted three innings against Indianapolis, giving up five hits, recording a strikeout and walking a batter.
The run the Indians got while Hellickson was on the hill was earned.
Bulls right-hander Jake Thompson went to the mound in the fourth, when Andino’s fifth double of the season knocked in Chris McGuiness.
In the fifth, Thompson gave up a triple to Chris Dickerson. Jaff Decker got him across the plate with a a double.
The score was 3-0 Indians. The Bulls were entering what has been a dangerous place for them, playing from behind.
Bulls reliever Doug Mathis, a left-hander, came on in the sixth and gave up three runs, one of them after he hit Jose Tabata with a pitch. The bases remained loaded when he walked Matt Hague.
The Bulls had returned to that uncomfortable place, in the hole with some serious catching up to do.
There was a glimmer of hope when Mikie Mahtook made the left-field Bulls icon see red and blow smoke when his sixth home run of the season drove in Mike Fontenot in the eighth.
That was a nice spark, but the Bulls still were down 7-2 when they entered the ninth inning.
Indians pitcher Casey Sadler (8-1) got the win.
NOTES — The Bulls open a road trip today at Pawtucket as righthander Merrill Kelly (6-1, 2.71) starts for the Bulls against fellow righty Steven Wright (2-1, 1.80) for the PawSox. Game time is 6:05 p.m. The series continues Sunday at 1:05 p.m., Monday at 7:05 p.m. and Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. ... With three games left in the month of June, the Bulls are just 11-15. Durham hasn’t posted a losing record in any month in which they’ve played four games or more since August 2012 when it went 13-16 en route to a 66-78 overall record. ... Durham’s .240 team average in June is the second-worst in the league behind Lehigh Valley (.227). ... Durham is 33-18 against teams with a losing record this season, but just 12-20 against teams with a winning record.
Indianapolis Indians (47-34) 7, Durham Bulls (45-38) 2
June 27, 2014
|Davis, B, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||0||5||.244|
|Martinez, M, 2B-3B||4||0||2||2||0||0||1||.234|
|Ramos, J, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Decker 3 (17, Hellickson, Hellickson, Thompson), Andino (5, Thompson).
3B: Dickerson (2, Thompson).
TB: Decker 7; Andino 4; Ashley; Martinez, M 2; Tabata; Davis, B; Hague 2; Dickerson 6.
RBI: Martinez, M 2 (25), Andino (15), Decker (27), Dickerson (27), Tabata (1), Hague (53).
2-out RBI: Martinez, M.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Dickerson; Martinez, M; Davis, B 4; Tabata; Ashley 2.
SAC: Martinez, M.
Team RISP: 8-for-24.
Team LOB: 15.
Outfield assists: Decker (Betemit at 3rd base).
|Nix, J, DH||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.220|
|Lee, H, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.205|
2B: Fontenot (15, Sadler).
HR: Mahtook (6, 8th inning off Ramos, J, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Casali; Belnome; Moore; Betemit; Fontenot 2; Nix, J; Mahtook 5.
RBI: Mahtook 2 (43).
2-out RBI: Mahtook 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Christian; Mahtook; Nix, J; Casali.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 6.
E: Betemit (2, fielding).
Outfield assists: Moore 2 (Decker at home, Dickerson at home).
DP: 2 (Fontenot-Lee, H, Belnome-Lee, H).
|Sadler (W, 8-1)||7.0||7||0||0||1||3||0||2.10|
|Hellickson (L, 0-4)||3.0||5||1||1||1||1||0||9.00|
IBB: Decker (by Mathis).
HBP: Tabata (by Mathis).
Pitches-strikes: Sadler 98-62, Ramos, J 33-22, Hellickson 55-33, Thompson 41-25, Mathis 88-49.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sadler 13-3, Ramos, J 3-2, Hellickson 3-1, Thompson 2-1, Mathis 5-3.
Batters faced: Sadler 27, Ramos, J 8, Hellickson 13, Thompson 11, Mathis 25.
Umpires: HP: Sean Barber. 1B: Jon Byrne. 3B: Derek Mollica.
Weather: 85 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, In from CF.
Venue: Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
June 27, 2014