Myers homer keys Bulls win

Aug. 18, 2014 @ 02:00 AM

Wil Myers doesn’t have many swings left with the Durham Bulls this season.

He certainly left a lasting memory with what could be the final hit of his rehabilitation stint on Sunday.

Myers blasted a two-run home run to break a seventh-inning tie and the Bulls piled on to whip Charlotte 10-5 in International League baseball at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Last year’s American League rookie of the year for the Tampa Bay Rays, Myers joined in the Bulls on Aug.7 for the final portion of his rehabilitation from the broken wrist he suffered on May 31.

Playing designated hitter for Durham on Sunday, he ripped a 1-1 pitch from Charlotte’s Scott Snodgrass over the centerfield fence to put the Bulls up 6-4. Durham scored four more times in the eighth inning, including a three-run homer by Ali Solis, to win by a comfortable margin.

Myers is nearing the end of his time in Durham. Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon told reporters in St. Petersburg on Sunday that Myers was getting close to returning.

The Rays and Bulls both have days off today. Durham begins a three-game home series with second-place Norfolk on Tuesday, while the Rays are home to face the Detroit Tigers that night. There’s a chance Myers could be on the Rays roster at Tropicana Field. He batted .286 with two home runs and six RBIs in his eight days on Durham’s roster.

The Bulls (67-62) have an eight-game lead over Norfolk in the IL South Division standings. Durham’s magic number to win the division is eight, meaning any combination of Bulls wins or Tides losses will give Durham the playoff berth.

Durham Bulls (67-62)  10, Charlotte Knights (57-73)  5

 
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Charlotte 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 5 7 0
 Durham 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 4 x 10 12 2
 

Charlotte AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Mitchell, J, CF 4 0 1 1 0 1 2 .215
Sanchez, C, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .295
Semien, SS 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .241
Phegley, C 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .277
Wilkins, DH 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 .297
Taylor, M, LF 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 .325
Davidson, 3B 3 1 1 0 1 0 1 .206
Tuiasosopo, 1B 4 1 2 2 0 1 1 .239
Richmond, RF 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 .000
Totals 33 5 7 4 3 7 12  

BATTING
2B: Taylor, M (16, Lueke).
TB: Mitchell, J; Davidson; Taylor, M 2; Tuiasosopo 2; Phegley; Wilkins.
RBI: Taylor, M (31), Tuiasosopo 2 (42), Mitchell, J (23).
2-out RBI: Mitchell, J.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sanchez, C.
GIDP: Mitchell, J.
Team RISP: 5-for-10.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
SB: Mitchell, J (9, 2nd base off Gomes, B/Solis).
 
 
Durham AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Franklin, SS 5 2 3 0 0 1 1 .200
Myers, DH 4 1 1 2 1 1 3 .286
Figueroa, C, 3B 4 1 1 2 1 0 2 .297
Moore, RF 4 1 1 0 0 3 3 .289
Christian, CF 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 .273
Fontenot, 2B 4 1 2 3 0 1 0 .280
Betemit, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .226
Olmedo, LF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 .232
  Mahtook, LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .294
Solis, C 3 2 2 3 0 0 0 .221
Totals 35 10 12 10 2 8 15  

BATTING
2B: Fontenot (23, De Los Santos, F).
3B: Figueroa, C (2, Zaleski).
HR: Myers (2, 7th inning off Snodgress, 1 on, 2 out), Solis (3, 8th inning off De Los Santos, F, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Solis 5; Olmedo; Christian; Myers 4; Moore; Fontenot 3; Figueroa, C 3; Franklin 3.
RBI: Fontenot 3 (45), Figueroa, C 2 (31), Myers 2 (6), Solis 3 (25).
2-out RBI: Fontenot 2; Figueroa, C 2; Myers 2; Solis 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Betemit; Moore; Figueroa, C 2.
SAC: Solis.
Team RISP: 5-for-13.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
SB: Franklin (1, 2nd base off Zaleski/Phegley).

FIELDING
E: Olmedo (14, throw), Fontenot (8, throw).
DP: (Franklin-Fontenot-Betemit).
 
 
Charlotte IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Zaleski 2.0 5 4 4 1 3 0 4.05
Barnette 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Snodgress (L, 0-1) 3.0 2 2 2 0 4 1 7.20
De Los Santos, F 1.0 5 4 4 1 0 1 5.75
 
Durham IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Montgomery, M 3.2 4 4 3 3 3 0 4.29
Gomes, B 2.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 4.26
Riefenhauser (W, 3-3) 2.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.55
Lueke 0.1 3 1 1 0 0 0 3.94
Liberatore 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.70


WP: De Los Santos, F, Montgomery, M 2.
HBP: Mitchell, J (by Montgomery, M), Christian (by Zaleski).
Pitches-strikes: Zaleski 70-41, Barnette 24-15, Snodgress 36-26, De Los Santos, F 32-19, Montgomery, M 75-39, Gomes, B 28-22, Riefenhauser 24-15, Lueke 12-7, Liberatore 4-3.
Groundouts-flyouts: Zaleski 1-1, Barnette 2-0, Snodgress 3-1, De Los Santos, F 1-1, Montgomery, M 4-2, Gomes, B 2-2, Riefenhauser 2-2, Lueke 0-1, Liberatore 1-0.
Batters faced: Zaleski 13, Barnette 6, Snodgress 11, De Los Santos, F 9, Montgomery, M 19, Gomes, B 7, Riefenhauser 6, Lueke 4, Liberatore 1.
Inherited runners-scored: Gomes, B 1-0, Liberatore 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Jeff Gosney. 1B: Jon Byrne. 3B: Derek Mollica.
Weather: 89 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 6 mph, Out to CF.
T: 3:20.
Att: 8,310.