Bulls can't 'catch' a break, fall to Tides at DBAP
A seven-game win streak can drain a team. Or at least in the case of the Durham Bulls, their streak, five of which came on the road, has drained their pitching staff as they fell 9-6 to the lowly Norfolk Tides Wednesday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
With the scored tied at six in the top of the eighth, the Bulls put in backup catcher Mayo Acosta to face the top of the Tides lineup. Acosta had never pitched at any level in the minor leagues.
“There’s no excuse, but we just were running out of pitching,” Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo said. “The team still battled back, knowing that Acosta was going to go in the eighth.”
It was a miserable night for the Bulls’ pitching staff.
Mike Montgomery, in his third start of the season, gave up four hits and walked five batters in 2 1/3 innings for the Bulls.
Doug Mathis, who was signed on Tuesday to a minor-league contract, was not any better. He gave up five walks and a hit in 2 2/3 innings. Montgomery and Mathis gave up five and one earned runs, respectively, through five innings.
Durham took early control of the game.
Justin Christian led off with his fourth double of the season for the Bulls. Kevin Kiermaier followed that with a bunt down the third-base line. Caleb Joseph, Norfolk’s catcher, had a play at third base, but Christian slid just under the tag in a bang-bang play.
Kiermaier then advanced to second with a stolen base and Jerry Sands hit a double to knock in Christian and Kiermaier.
Wilson Betemit topped off the inning by taking a 1-2 pitch over the right field fence to give the Bulls a 4-1 lead.
The Bulls’ pitching woes were too much. Montgomery’s exist was hastened by his high pitch count, which reached 65, only 32 of which went for strikes, in only two innings.
Montgomery’s control was an issue as he labored in the second and third innings. He walked the bases loaded to set up a two-RBI single for Jemile Weeks as the Tides moved to within one run of the Bulls in the second inning.
In the third inning, he gave up a lead-off double to Joseph. Two batters later, Chris Marrero took a 2-0 pitch over the big left-field fence with a line-drive shot onto the Tobacco Road porch. Mathis would walk in a run later that inning as the Tide took a 6-4 lead.
The Bulls had bases loaded with no outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, but managed to produce only one run.
Mike Mahtook and Cole Figueroa led off the inning with back-to-back singles as their hits fell in the shallow outfield. Ali Solis’ pop fly dropped just short of Henry Urrutia in right field. However, it was not deep enough to score Mahtook from second base.
Two batters later, Justin Christian was walked to bring in Mahtook, narrowing the Bulls’ deficit to one run. The Bulls tied the game in the next inning as Cole Figueroa’s sacrifice-fly to right field drove in Wilson Betemit.
“We had enough pitching for nine if Montgomery had gone four or five (innings),” said Montoyo.
C.J. Riefenhauser threw two scoreless innings for the Bulls, but was not allowed to pitch into the eighth forcing Montoyo to go to his backup catcher with a bullpen that was spent from a heavy workload Monday and Tuesday.
Norfolk Tides (4-9) 9, Durham Bulls (10-4) 6
April 16, 2014
|Weeks, J, 2B||3||2||1||1||3||0||1||.297|
|Adams, D, 3B||4||1||1||0||1||1||2||.162|
|Phelps, C, LF||4||1||0||0||1||2||2||.226|
|De Jesus, SS||3||1||1||0||2||0||1||.286|
2B: Joseph (5, Montgomery, M), Adams, D (2, Riefenhauser), Urrutia (5, Acosta, M), De Jesus (3, Acosta, M).
HR: Marrero (2, 3rd inning off Montgomery, M, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Joseph 4; Weeks, J; Urrutia 2; Marrero 4; De Jesus 2; Adams, D 2; Borbon 2.
RBI: Joseph (7), Borbon 3 (6), Weeks, J (3), Marrero 2 (5), Urrutia (5), Wallace (1).
2-out RBI: Joseph; Borbon 3; Weeks, J.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Urrutia 4; De Jesus; Marrero.
Team RISP: 6-for-13.
Team LOB: 11.
SB: Borbon (5, 2nd base off Mathis/Solis).
E: De Jesus (1, fielding).
DP: (Gamboa-De Jesus-Wallace).
|Figueroa, C, SS||3||0||1||1||0||0||1||.371|
|Montgomery, M, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Acosta, M, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Christian (4, Gamboa), Sands (7, Gamboa), Fontenot (3, Gamboa).
HR: Betemit (3, 1st inning off Gamboa, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Solis; Sands 2; Christian 2; Betemit 5; Kiermaier; Fontenot 2; Figueroa, C; Mahtook.
RBI: Sands 2 (13), Betemit 2 (9), Christian (10), Figueroa, C (2).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sands 3; Kiermaier; Fontenot.
SF: Figueroa, C.
Team RISP: 3-for-11.
Team LOB: 9.
SB: Kiermaier (2, 2nd base off Gamboa/Joseph).
DP: (Figueroa, C-Fontenot-Sands).
|Additon (BS, 1)||1.1||4||2||2||3||0||0||3.00|
|Brach (W, 2-0)||1.2||0||0||0||0||4||0||2.70|
|Guilmet (S, 1)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.25|
|Acosta, M (L, 0-1)||2.0||3||3||3||2||1||0||13.50|
Balk: Montgomery, M, Acosta, M.
HBP: Christian (by Gamboa).
Pitches-strikes: Gamboa 81-52, Additon 45-27, Brach 22-15, Guilmet 17-9, Montgomery, M 76-38, Mathis 51-21, Riefenhauser 26-18, Acosta, M 49-28.
Groundouts-flyouts: Gamboa 6-2, Additon 0-2, Brach 0-1, Guilmet 2-0, Montgomery, M 2-1, Mathis 3-2, Riefenhauser 2-0, Acosta, M 1-3.
Batters faced: Gamboa 23, Additon 11, Brach 5, Guilmet 3, Montgomery, M 15, Mathis 13, Riefenhauser 8, Acosta, M 11.
Inherited runners-scored: Brach 2-0.
Umpires: HP: A.J. Johnson. 1B: Max Guyll. 3B: Tom Honec.
Weather: 53 degrees, clear.
Wind: 8 mph, L to R.
Venue: Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
April 16, 2014
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media