Aaron Schoonmaker

Four double headers and a no-hitter part of wild week for Bulls

Posted August 13, 2014

FILE: Durham Bulls vs. Pawtucket Red Sox (Sept. 10, 2013)

The Durham Bulls have had quite possibly the strangest week in their 112-year history.

At the conclusion of today’s two games in Rochester (weather permitting), the Bulls will have played four double headers in seven days with just one day of regular routine. And it gets even crazier as they were no-hit, played as the visitor at home once, played as the home team on the road once and had the same starting pitcher get the decision on back-to-back days.

Simply by surviving this week, Charlie Montoyo should be considered the Coach of the Year.

Look at the timeline:
Thursday: In the first game of a 7-inning double header at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, the Bulls played as the home team against the Buffalo Bisons and lost 5-1 in front of nearly 10,000 fans. The 7-inning game took nearly 3 hours to complete (2:51).
In Game 2, a makeup from a game that was postponed on July 13, the Bulls played as the visitor against Buffalo in their own home park. A Nick Franklin solo home run was the only run scored as Bulls pitchers Enny Romero and Josh Leuke combined on a two-hit shutout.

Friday: The only uninterrupted day of the last week saw the Bulls fall behind 4-0 in the first inning to Buffalo and lose 4-3 despite 8 of 9 Durham starters recording at least one hit.

Saturday: Mother Nature forced the highly-anticipated rehab debut of Wil Myers back a day. The Bulls and Bisons had to postpone their game, creating a double header on Sunday.

Sunday: For the second time in four days, Durham and Buffalo play two 7-inning games and for the second time in three days, one of the results is 1-0.
In Game 1, The Bulls are shutout 3-0 after Daniel Norris strikes out 10 in six innings. In Game 2, Alex Colome gets the win as Leuke gets the save in a 1-0 Bulls win. In the five-game stretch between Thursday and Sunday, Leuke is the only Bulls pitcher to appear more than once and he only threw two innings.
Myers does not play in the first game and goes 1-for-3 in the second with two strikeouts.

Monday: The Bulls hit the road to Rochester where they open a 4 ½-game series.
Monday afternoon’s game was the completion of a game that was suspended on July 24 at DBAP. The teams played out nine innings in Rochester with the Bulls suited up as the home team. Logan Darnell finished up the final six innings for the Red Wings as the Bulls were no-hit for the first time since 2012. For the second straight day, Colome is the Bulls’ pitcher of record even though he did not throw a pitch on Monday.
In all, the combined no-hitter took 18 days to play covering two states, yet only five pitchers were used and the total game time was 2 hours, 52 minutes. The Bulls had to enter Robby Price into the game at its resumption because Jayson Nix, who started the game at second base, was released after the Bulls acquired Franklin at the trade deadline.

After an awkward between-game no-hitter celebration, The Bulls went back to being the road team in Rochester and fell behind 5-0 before losing 5-4. All four runs came on a Myers grand slam in the fifth inning.

Tuesday: The Bulls and Red Wings got through 2 innings before the skies opened up, forcing the teams to resume play Wednesday.

Wednesday: The Bulls will play their fourth double header in seven days. Game 1 will start tied 1-1 in the 3rd. Game two will be a 7-inning game to follow. And for good measure, the teams will play again Thursday before Durham returns home for a 10-game homestand.

After today, the Bulls will have 12 more home games, just one off day, and a double header scheduled in Norfolk on the 29th.

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  • Hammerhead Aug 13, 9:48 p.m.

    "Simply by surviving this week, Charlie Montoyo should be considered the Coach of the Year."

    LOL, rough life they lead.

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