Bulls unable to weather Storm
The Durham Bulls’ offensive woes finally came back to bite them in the Triple-A National Championship Game.
Durham was held to three hits by Omaha starter Chris Dwyer and two relievers, as the Pacific Coast League champion Storm Chasers beat the International League champion Bulls 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Tim Beckham’s single in the seventh, Leslie Anderson’s home run in the eighth and Cole Figueroa’s two-out single in the ninth were all the Bulls could muster in front of 9,602 at Coca-Cola Park, the home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
Durham scored no more than two runs in six of its eight postseason games and lost in its second appearance in the championship, following a win in 2009.
Starter Jake Odorizzi and IL pitcher of the year J.D. Martin both allowed one run in four innings for the Bulls.
The 2012 title game at rain-sogged Durham Bulls Athletic Park drew 8,601. The Triple-A community will head to Durham again in 2014 when the DBAP hosts the Triple-A All-Star Game.