PawSox reach Odorizzi early, end Bulls' 8-game win streak
Count Jake Odorizzi as one who was sad to see baseball’s All-Star break arrive this week.
Pitching well for the last six weeks, the Durham Bulls righthander had seven days off before Thursday night’s start against Pawtucket and that break in routine showed.
Odorizzi allowed Pawtucket to score four early runs as the Red Sox held on to beat Durham 4-3 in International League baseball before a crowd of 8,851 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
After showing the ability to cover innings in the final month before the All-Star break, Odorizzi (7-3) struggled commanding his pitches in an abbreviated outing as the Bulls resumed play after three days off.
Odorizzi had gone at least six innings in six consecutive starts for the Bulls, dating back to June 6. But against Pawtucket, Odorizzi had his shortest outing of the season — 3 1/3 innings.
The Red Sox touched him for seven hits and four runs as Odorizzi issued five walks.
“The All-Star break for me was bad,” Odorizzi said. “It threw me out of my rhythm. Going into it, everything felt good. But then today, it was more fighting it than anything. It was not far off, but just far enough off to miss a little bit.”
Odorizzi’s struggles allowed Pawtucket to grab a 3-0 lead in the second inning and hold a 4-2 lead in the fourth when he left the game.
Even after falling into that early hole, the Bulls (63-36) had chances to come back and extend their winning streak to nine games.
Trailing 4-3, Durham had the tying run in scoring position in both the 7th and 9th innings.
In the seventh, with a runner on third, Brandon Guyer hit a shot up the middle that Pawtucket relief pitcher Chris Martin got a glove on. The ball deflected to second baseman Justin Henry who threw out Guyer to end the inning.
In the ninth, the Bulls got a runner at second with one out. But Martin retired Even Frey on a ground ball and Cole Figueroa on a fly ball to centerfield.
“This time we lost by one run,” said Durham manager Charlie Montoyo, who saw his team’s winning streak end at eight games. “The games we were winning were just like that. This time they just had more runs.”
That’s mostly because of Odorizzi’s struggles.
Odorizzi worked a perfect first inning before hitting major trouble in the second inning. Two walks, sandwiched around a single loaded the bases with no outs. Xander Bogaerts slammed a line drive off the wall in left field that scored one run. A second runner, Alex Hassan, was thrown out at the plate.
But Odorizzi didn’t take advantage of that good fortune. Dan Butler and Jeremy Hazelbaker followed with RBI singles for a 3-0 Pawtucket lead.
It could have been worse. Odorizzi surrendered five hits in the inning, but saw his defense throw out two runners at the plate.
After Odorizzi worked around two walks in his third inning, the Bulls struck back against Pawtucket’s struggling starter, Steven Wright.
In Durham’s third inning, Frey singled, Figueroa walked and, one out later, Guyer lined a two-run double off the wall in left field leaving the Red Sox with a 3-2 lead.
But in Pawtucket’s next time at bat, the Red Sox used two hits, a walk and a sacrifice fly to take a 4-2 lead and knock Odorizzi from the game.
Pawtucket removed Wright after the third inning and the teams’ bullpens fared far better.
Brock Huntzinger hurled three scoreless innings, limiting Durham to two hits.
Durham’s Cory Wade allowed one hit and no runs over his 2 2/3 innings following Odorizzi.
But the Bulls couldn’t get the late clutch hit to take Odorizzi off the hook for the loss.
NOTES — An on-field ceremony, featuring Durham Mayor Bill Bell and Jim Goodman — president of the Bulls parent company, Capital Broadcasting — was held during the seventh inning to publicly commemorate the new stadium lease the Bulls have signed with the City of Durham. The deal was approved in May and calls for the city to spend $12 million on stadium improvements and overdue maintenance at the DBAP. The Bulls will cover any costs beyond $12 million. Also, the Bulls will now be responsible for $200,000 in annual operating and maintenance costs. Previously, the city covered those costs. The deal runs through 2034 with an option through 2043.….Durham and Pawtucket continue their series at 7:05 tonight. Mike Montgomery (4-3, 3.73) will start for the Bulls with Rubby De La Rosa (2-2. 3.53) on the mound for the Red Sox.
Pawtucket Red Sox (54-44) 4, Durham Bulls (63-36) 3
July 18, 2013
|Bradley Jr., CF||5||1||1||0||0||2||4||.295|
|Hamilton, M, DH||3||1||0||1||1||1||0||.256|
|Henry, Ju, 2B||2||1||0||0||2||0||3||.223|
|Butler, D, C||3||0||1||1||1||0||2||.236|
|Wright, S, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Martin, C, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Bogaerts (1, Odorizzi).
TB: Bradley Jr.; Hazelbaker 2; Butler, D; Sutton 2; Hassan; Bogaerts 2.
RBI: Bogaerts (20), Butler, D (25), Hazelbaker (43), Hamilton, M (32).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Middlebrooks 2; Butler, D; Henry, Ju 2; Sutton.
SF: Hamilton, M.
Team RISP: 4-for-10.
Team LOB: 10.
DP: (Henry, Ju-Sutton).
|Figueroa, C, 3B||2||2||0||0||3||0||1||.299|
|Beckham, T, SS||4||0||1||1||0||1||3||.268|
|Anderson, Le, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.328|
|De Los Santos, F, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ramirez, R, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Guyer (17, Wright, S), Beckham, T (16, Latimer).
TB: Beckham, T 2; Guyer 3; Gimenez 2; Anderson, Le; Frey.
RBI: Guyer 2 (37), Beckham, T (35).
2-out RBI: Beckham, T.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Duncan; Fontenot; Guyer; Figueroa, C.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
Team LOB: 7.
SB: Figueroa, C (5, 2nd base off Latimer/Butler, D), Beckham, T (12, 3rd base off Martin, C/Butler, D).
CS: Frey (1, 2nd base by Huntzinger/Butler, D).
Outfield assists: Bourgeois (Hassan at home).
|Huntzinger (W, 2-0)||3.0||2||0||0||1||2||0||2.29|
|Latimer (H, 1)||0.2||1||1||1||1||2||0||8.44|
|Martin, C (S, 2)||2.1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.93|
|Odorizzi (L, 7-3)||3.1||7||4||4||5||3||0||3.49|
|De Los Santos, F||1.2||0||0||0||1||0||0||4.91|
Pitches-strikes: Wright, S 61-36, Huntzinger 51-31, Latimer 22-13, Martin, C 42-25, Odorizzi 88-49, Wade 44-27, De Los Santos, F 20-10, Ramirez, R 17-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Wright, S 5-1, Huntzinger 3-0, Latimer 0-0, Martin, C 5-1, Odorizzi 2-2, Wade 4-1, De Los Santos, F 5-0, Ramirez, R 3-0.
Batters faced: Wright, S 15, Huntzinger 10, Latimer 4, Martin, C 8, Odorizzi 21, Wade 10, De Los Santos, F 6, Ramirez, R 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Martin, C 1-0, Wade 3-1, Ramirez, R 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Andy Dudones. 1B: Sean Barber. 3B: Toby Basner.
Weather: 88 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 2 mph, In from LF.
Venue: Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
July 18, 2013
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media