2-out, 7th-inning rally lifts Bulls past Charlotte at DBAP
In a game starved of clutch hitting, the Durham Bulls gorged themselves at the plate in the seventh inning to grab a win on Thursday.
Five consecutive two-out hits fueled a three-run rally that lifted the Bulls to a 5-2 win over Charlotte in International League baseball at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
“The thing that we’ve been pretty good about this year is even with two outs and nobody on, we’ve scored runs,” Bulls hitting coach and acting manager Dave Myers said. “We haven’t given away at bats.”
The Bulls (10-5) and Knights entered the seventh inning tied because, despite opportunities, neither team could get the hit to forge ahead. Charlotte went 1-for-8 with runners in coring position, while the Bulls stranded five runners over the first five innings while also losing a runner who was caught stealing.
Durham’s seventh inning didn’t look like anything special when Rich Thompson struck out and Juan Apodaca was retired on a ground ball to shortstop.
But leadoff man Jason Bourgeois collected his third hit of the day, an infield single, to ignite the rally. After Bourgeois easily stole second as Charlotte pitcher Daniel Moskos failed to keep tabs on him, Hak-Ju Lee blooped a base hit to left that drove in Bourgeois for a 3-2 Bulls lead.
Lee took second on the throw, which allowed him to score when Wil Myers dropped a single into right-centerfield.
Myers, who had fouled a ball off his right foot in the fifth inning, limped off the field and was replaced by pinch-runner Brandon Guyer. Leslie Anderson continued the rally by drilling a single to right field.
Vince Belnome went the opposite way to line a ball off the Blue Monster wall in left field to score Guyer for a 5-2 Durham lead.
“Bourgeois gets on there on the little dribbler and steals a base and now we’ve got a rally going,” Dave Myers said. “Followed up by some pretty good at-bats. I like the aggressiveness that we bring to each inning. We actually did more damage with two outs then we did with two guys on and nobody out.”
Dave Myers was referring to the fifth inning when, with the score tied at 2, Bourgeois doubled and Lee followed with a single to put runners at first and third with no outs.
But Wil Myers struck out, bruising his foot with a foul ball in the process, and Anderson hit a harmless popup to first base. The inning ended when Lee was thrown out trying to steal second base.
Wil Myers said his foot began to bother him during the next inning. He fielded a fly ball to right field but he barely had to move to make the play.
Even though Wil Myers said he anticipated being healthy enough to play tonight’s game with Norfolk, Dave Myers said the general rule is to give a player a day off after he leaves a game early due to injury.
“I think I’ll give him a day (Friday),” Dave Myers said. “He was limping, then he wasn’t limping, then he was limping. So I’m going with the limping.”
Durham starter Jake Odorizzi gave his team a chance to win the game with the late rally after overcoming a rough start. Charlotte’s first five batters reached on Odorizzi as he issued two walks and surrendered three hard-hit singles.
The last of the hits, off the bat of Bryan Anderson, drove in two runs to give Charlotte a 2-0 lead.
The Knights lost one runner, Luis Durango, on an attempted steal of second base.
After struggling with his release point, Odorizzi settled down. He fell behind Drew Garcia three balls to no strikes before coming back to strike him out with runners at first and second.
Odorizzi fanned Jared Mitchell to end the threat and he had found his rhythm.
Over his five innings of work, Odorizzi struck out eight Charlotte batters. He only allowed two base runners, one hit and one walk, over his final four innings.
“The first inning I had nothing and was happy to get through it with only two runs scoring,” Odorizzi said. “After that I felt more normal.”
NOTES — Durham continues its homestand tonight when Norfolk arrives for a 7:05 p.m. game to open a three-game series. Left-hander Alex Torres (1-0) gets the start for Durham with Josh Stinson (1-0) pitching for the Tides. The Saturday and Sunday games will both begin at 5:05 p.m.
Durham Bulls (10-5) 5, Charlotte Knights (5-10) 2
April 18, 2013
|Sanchez, C, SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||4||.227|
|Anderson, La, DH||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.250|
|Anderson, B, C||4||0||1||2||0||1||1||.158|
|Garcia, A, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.185|
|Mitchell, J, CF||3||0||0||0||1||2||2||.132|
TB: Sanchez, C; Anderson, La; Durango; Gallagher; Loman; Anderson, B.
RBI: Anderson, B 2 (2).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Mitchell, J; Sanchez, C 2; Anderson, La.
GIDP: Anderson, B.
Team RISP: 1-for-8.
Team LOB: 7.
SB: Durango 2 (4, 2nd base off Odorizzi/Apodaca, 2nd base off Odorizzi/Apodaca), Mitchell, J (4, 2nd base off Inman/Apodaca).
CS: Durango (3, 2nd base by Odorizzi/Apodaca).
|Lee, H, SS||3||1||2||1||0||0||0||.419|
|Anderson, Le, DH||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.347|
|Beckham, T, 2B||4||1||2||0||0||1||2||.229|
|Figueroa, C, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.311|
|De Los Santos, F, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|1-Ran for Myers in the 7th.|
2B: Thompson (2, Zaleski), Bourgeois (4, Zaleski), Belnome (3, Moskos).
TB: Thompson 3; Belnome 2; Beckham, T 2; Bourgeois 4; Myers; Figueroa, C; Lee, H 2; Anderson, Le.
RBI: Myers 2 (11), Thompson (4), Lee, H (7), Belnome (3).
2-out RBI: Thompson; Lee, H; Myers; Belnome.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Apodaca 3; Beckham, T 2; Bourgeois.
SAC: Lee, H.
Team RISP: 5-for-12.
Team LOB: 8.
SB: Bourgeois 2 (5, 2nd base off Zaleski/Anderson, B, 2nd base off Moskos/Anderson, B).
CS: Lee, H (2, 2nd base by Zaleski/Anderson, B).
DP: (Belnome-Lee, H-Belnome).
|Moskos (L, 0-1)||0.2||5||3||3||0||1||0||10.13|
|De Los Santos, F (W, 1-0)||1.1||1||0||0||0||1||0||7.88|
|Lueke (S, 3)||1.0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
Pitches-strikes: Zaleski 96-60, Moskos 26-20, Troncoso 16-10, Odorizzi 88-53, Inman 31-16, De Los Santos, F 20-15, Lueke 18-13.
Groundouts-flyouts: Zaleski 9-3, Moskos 1-0, Troncoso 1-2, Odorizzi 2-3, Inman 3-1, De Los Santos, F 2-0, Lueke 1-2.
Batters faced: Zaleski 25, Moskos 7, Troncoso 5, Odorizzi 21, Inman 7, De Los Santos, F 4, Lueke 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Troncoso 2-0, De Los Santos, F 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Sean Barber. 1B: Andy Dudones. 2B: Toby Basner. 3B: David Rackley.
Weather: 70 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 7 mph, R to L.
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