Bulls

Bats take finale in seesaw battle over Bulls

Posted June 18, 2014

The Durham Bulls dropped their third straight game to the Louisville Bats Wednesday afternoon at Louisville Slugger Field, falling 12-8 in the series finale.

For the second straight game the Bulls (43-32) scored the contest's first run, as Brandon Guyer tripled to lead off the game before scoring on a Cole Figueroa sacrifice fly. However, the Bats countered quickly with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame.

Then in the second Louisville (38-36) took its first lead, plating a pair of runs on a double by Kristopher Negron. The lead was short-lived however, as Durham came right back with four runs in the top of the third, as Guyer, Figueroa, Justin Christian and Wilson Betemit all delivered RBI hits for a 5-3 advantage.

The seesaw battle continued in the bottom of the third though, as Louisville went ahead for good by striking for a five-run frame, tallying six hits and a walk as the lineup batted around to take an 8-5 lead.

The Bulls got a run back in the fifth frame when Betemit came around to score on an RBI single from Curt Casali. The Bats put the game out of reach in the sixth inning though, posting four runs on the board while sending eight men to the plate to put the home side in front 12-6.

In the eighth the Bulls were able to plate a pair of runs on a double by Ray Olmedo and a groundout by Figueroa, but that was the closest they would get as they closed the season-long 10-game road trip with a 5-5 record, and dropped the season-series to Louisville 6-2.

Justin Freeman (1-0) earned the win for the Bats with two scoreless innings of relief, while Jumbo Diaz entered with the tying run in the on-deck circle in the ninth and registered his league-leading 18th save. Righty Nathan Karns (3-4) suffered the loss, allowing eight runs on eight hits in 2 2/3 innings of work.

The rehabbing Guyer had a flawless day at the plate, finishing 4-for-4 with two triples, two runs, an RBI and a walk, while Betemit and Olmedo each had multi-hit days as Durham tallied 14 hits for the second straight day.

The Bulls have their first off day since May 21 Thursday, before opening an eight-game homestand with the first of four games against the Syracuse Chiefs Friday night. RHP Matt Andriese (6-3, 3.06) gets the start for Durham against RHP Josh Roenicke (2-3, 4.60) for Syracuse. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Comments

Please to add a comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • ACC: NC State at Georgia Tech

    Tomorrow at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Arkansas at Florida

    Tomorrow at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: Waste Management Phoenix Open

    Tomorrow at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Big 10: Michigan at Michigan State

    Sunday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: NC State at Georgia Tech

    Tomorrow at 12:00 pm on WRAL-FM

  • NHL: Hurricanes at NY Rangers

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • Super Bowl: Seattle vs. New England

    Sunday at 6:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
2nd
CAR 1
STL 2
 
Half
PHI 61
MIN 59
 
2nd
BOS 33
HOU 48
 
2nd
ATL 41
POR 39
 
2nd
CLE 39
SAC 28
 
2nd
BRK 38
TOR 43
 
1st
MIA 11
DAL 4
 
1st
NOP 9
LAC 6
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTA
GSW
10:30pm Tonight
PHO
CHI
Final
PRIN 72
HARV 75
 
2nd
CORN 44
BRO 42
 
2nd
PENN 33
DART 21
 
2nd
NIAG 31
MAR 33
 
2nd
CAN 35
QUIN 32
 
2nd
MAN 54
SIENA 53
 
1st
WILL 8
IUPUI 8
 
1st
FAIR 10
MON 8
 
1st
ARST 9
OREG 10
 
1st
CLMB 9
YALE 2
 
10:00pm Tonight
BUF
KSU
 
10:00pm Tonight
ARZ
ORST
2nd
NJD 0
PIT 0
 
2nd
CAR 1
STL 2
 
9:00pm Tonight
COL
NAS
10:00pm Tonight
VAN
BUF
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
CHI