Game 27: Durham Bulls 10, Rochester Redwings 7
This trip away: 3-5
Heath Phillips steps to the mound in the bottom of the 1st inning. Mid 60’s, stiff wind blowing out to left. He’s got a three-run lead on a Hank Blalock two-run double, and a single from Chris Richard that scored Blalock. Walk, single, single, walk, home run, five runs scored. This does not look good. Bulls are 1, 2, 3 in the top of the 2nd. In their half the Redwings have another fly ball get carried over the wall. Now it’s 6-3 and the game is only two innings gone.
In the 3rd things get a bit more weird. Three out of the first four Durham batters hit home runs (Dillon, Blalock, and Dan Johnson). so now we’re tied at 6. It stays that way until the top of the 6th when small ball prevails and we score two more runs (although we did leave the bases loaded).
Chris Richard’s 2-run homer in the 8th is icing on the cake. Nice to see Chris hitting again.
Lots of life in this Rochester series. Not a great road trip, and we haven’t come close to solving our starting pitching problem. Maybe a day’s rest will help.
Bench: Jennings (12), Ruggiano (2), Colina (1), Chavez (3), Luna (2),
Fan alert: If you are a New York Yankees fan, their Triple A team, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, are in town for a four game series starting tomorrow. This is the only time they will visit this year. If you are a Yankee’s hater, this is the only time you will be able to boo.