Bulls win 2nd straight behind Moore grand slam, 5 RBI
Newcomer Jeremy Moore drove in five runs and Durham generated 11 hits in an 8-2 win over Indianapolis in Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Thursday.
Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo earlier this week figured his hitters sooner or later would start being more productive at the plate.
The best pitching in the world won’t do much for a baseball team that isn’t getting hits, Montoyo said in so many words.
Durham’s pitchers have been pretty good this season, although they’ve struggled lately. The Bulls’ batters — not so much.
The Bulls were able to win games early on because they kept things close enough to give their pitchers something to work with.
Then the Bulls stopped getting on base, and the losses piled up — eight in a row until a Wednesday win over Indianapolis.
The Bulls kept it going Thursday.
In the first inning, Indianapolis’ Matt Hague singled to center field to drive in Chris Dickerson.
Durham evened the score in the second on a Moore single that scored Robby Price.
The Indians climbed back on top in the fourth when Brent Morel grounded out but drove in Jose Tabata to make it a 2-1 game.
There came the Bulls, again, with Ray Olmedo smacking a single that drove in Price. Indians left-fielder Jeff Decker fumbled with the ball and allowed Olmedo to make it all the way to third base. Justin Christian failed to bring him home when he popped out. But the Bulls had tied the game, keeping it close.
Curt Casali’s seventh double of the season arrived in the fifth inning for Durham. It drove in two Bulls to put the home team on top 4-2.
The Bulls were effectively putting the bat on the ball, including Price’s single that moved Casali to third.
That did it for Indian’s southpaw pitcher Adam Wilk (L, 6-6), who was replaced by right-hander Josh Kinney.
Kinney plunked Ali Solis with his first pitch to load the bases with one out for Moore, who hit the cover off the ball for a grand slam.
“He gave me a good pitch to hit,” Moore said.
Moore, an outfielder from Double-A Montgomery, was added to the Bulls’ roster on Tuesday.
The Bulls were up 8-2 and, for a change, weren’t playing from way behind. Guys on the wrong side of a budding blowout morph from players with golden gloves into flat-footed defenders, Montoyo said.
Durham’s defenders committed no errors. The Indians had two flubs.
At the plate, the Bulls were teeing off, taking confident whacks at the ball.
Bulls starting pitcher Matt Andriese picked up a win and improved his record to 7-4.
NOTES — Bulls right-hander Alex Colome was called up to the parent Tampa Bay Rays “taxi squad” Thursday in anticipation of his making a start in the Rays’ doubleheader today .... Fellow Bulls right-hander Steve Geltz has been reinstated from the restricted list after being suspended 50 games after a second positive test for “a drug of abuse.” Geltz, 26, was 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings in 11 games for the Bulls before his suspension in early May. He pitched a perfect ninth, striking out two Thursday to close out the win.
Durham Bulls (45-37) 8, Indianapolis Indians (46-34) 2
June 26, 2014
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2B: Dickerson (15, Andriese), McGuiness (18, Andriese).
TB: McGuiness 2; Martinez, M; Dickerson 3; Hague.
RBI: Hague (52), Morel (27).
2-out RBI: Hague.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Andino; Tabata.
Team RISP: 1-for-7.
Team LOB: 4.
E: Decker (1, fielding), Andino (6, fielding).
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2B: Mahtook (25, Wilk), Casali (7, Wilk).
HR: Moore (1, 5th inning off Kinney, 3 on, 1 out).
TB: Casali 2; Solis; Moore 5; Olmedo; Price 2; Nix, J 2; Mahtook 3.
RBI: Moore 5 (7), Olmedo (15), Casali 2 (13).
2-out RBI: Moore; Olmedo.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Olmedo; Casali; Christian.
Team RISP: 5-for-9.
Team LOB: 5.
DP: (Olmedo-Nix, J-Belnome).
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HBP: Solis (by Kinney).
Pitches-strikes: Wilk 101-68, Kinney 25-16, Obispo 6-4, Mazzaro 12-9, Andriese 92-61, Gomes, B 31-23, Geltz 11-8.
Groundouts-flyouts: Wilk 5-4, Kinney 0-2, Obispo 2-0, Mazzaro 2-0, Andriese 10-0, Gomes, B 0-0, Geltz 0-1.
Batters faced: Wilk 24, Kinney 7, Obispo 3, Mazzaro 3, Andriese 22, Gomes, B 8, Geltz 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Kinney 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Derek Mollica. 1B: Sean Barber. 3B: Jon Byrne.
Weather: 91 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 4 mph, In from CF.
Venue: Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
June 26, 2014