Monday, May 18, 2009

Price Shows Up For the Game, Bulls Hitters Don't

Game 35: Bulls 4, Redwings 3
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Game 36: Bulls 2, Redwings 3
Season: 22-15
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A couple of days ago I learned I could get the Bulls on television. So last night, for the first time ever, I watched the game at home. For those locally who are hostage to Time-Warner, home games are on Channel 251. The camera angles are OK and the play-by-play and commentary is the same as on radio. Terrific view of empty stands. The weather was not good all day and I just got lazy. Looked like a lot of other people had the same idea.

If we’d had other media coverage of the game last night, the big story would had been David Price. He finally brought his game to Durham and it was very, very good: 5 innings, no hits, 2 walks, no runs, 82 pitches, 50 for strikes. Just superb pitching and for the first time I saw what folks have been talking about. In particular, I liked what I saw after he gave up two walks in a row. He walked back of the mound for a bit. Then struck out the next batter. He left the game with the Bulls ahead 2-0.

I was just as interested in whether or not we were going to win the game. We didn’t.

The 6th inning was a mess. Former Bull Jason Pridie hit a one-out homer off of former Redwing Julio DePaula. Then a walk, triple (run scores), hit by pitch, walk, bases loaded. Then an ugly, but effective, play when DePaula slipped going after a come-backer but threw out the runner coming in from third and Jaso got the double play at first. DePaula left the game with a blown save. 2-2.

According to the broadcasters, the Redwings’s second baseman Alexi Casilla is down from the Twins on a punishment tour for not running out hit balls. Guess he was showing his stuff. I still can’t figure out how, after getting a single in the top of the 8th, he got all the way from first to home on a not very hard hit single into center field. He must have taken off on the pitch and run like hell. Showing Twins’ management he’s ready come back? [Oops! As pointed out in comments, Casilla went to second on a flyout to right field. So his dash was from second to home.] It was enough to win the game.

Webworld: Some interesting stuff out there today.

  • Chris Richard was named International League Player of the Week.
  • Mike Potter, long time Durham Herald-Sun reporter left the press box.
  • Jason Isringhausen finished his rehab assignment and is going down to Tampa Bay.
  • In the Rays’ 7-5 win over Cleveland yesterday, former Bull and starting pitcher Andy Sonnanstine ended up having to bat in Longoria’s slot in the batting order because of a mistake in the lineup card. He hit a double and got an RBI. See Her Rays take on the game and The Tampa Tribune’s.
  • Rays Party takes a deeper look at Tampa Bay’s situation and thinks that Chris Richard, Jon Weber, or Ray Sadler should be called up. He also looks at the Bulls in general, and provides a detailed look at Justin Ruggiano.
  • Lastly, we get a look at what can happen when you park too close to the DBAP.


  1. Hey Chris,

    Two things:

    1) Casilla scored the winning run from second, not first. He tagged up on David Winfree's deep flyout to Matt Joyce in right field (Joyce was running toward the foul line near the wall when he caught it) and advanced to 2nd base before Huber's single plated him.

    2) Also, in re: your comment: "If we’d had other media coverage of the game last night, the big story would had been David Price." What am I, chopped BBQ? :)

  2. You're right. Messed up my scorecard. The game log shows that he did get to second on Winfree's flyout.

    Did put up a link up at the top to your story (a good one, by the way). Guess I should have said "print media".

    Did I see it right that Joyce seems to be making a habit of basket catches? That may not be a good thing.

  3. Yeah, I bet those basket catches won't sit well with Montoyo. Or Joe Maddon.