Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Bulls in Town, At Last

Game 26: Durham Bulls 2; Indianapolis Indians 5, 7 innings
Game 27: Durham Bulls 8; Indianapolis Indians 5, 7 innings
Season: 15-12
Wrap, Box

The Bulls are back. They are in a virtual tie for first place in the South Division. All is right in the world.

The Indianapolis series was rough, but the Bulls managed to win 3 out of 4 to finish out a very long road trip. The heroes of the day were Brandon Guyer and Chris Carter, who hit home runs in the second game. Carter paid something of price, and then ...

Well, let me just put up a selection from the play-by-play. (Note: De La Rosa’s line. 1 batter, 1 pitch, pitches for strikes - 0.)

Durham Top of the 3rd

  • Omar Luna flies out to right fielder Andrew Lambo.
  • Desmond Jennings walks.
  • Justin Ruggiano singles on a line drive to left fielder Alex Presley. Desmond Jennings to 3rd.
  • With Brandon Guyer batting, Justin Ruggiano steals (3) 2nd base.
  • Brandon Guyer homers (6) on a fly ball to left field. Desmond Jennings scores. Justin Ruggiano scores.
  • Chris Carter hit by pitch.
  • Indianapolis Indians pitcher Rudy Owens ejected by HP umpire Toby Basner.
  • Pitcher Change: Tony Watson replaces Rudy Owens.
  • Russ Canzler grounds into double play, pitcher Tony Watson to shortstop Chase d’Arnaud to first baseman Matt Hague. Chris Carter out at 2nd.
Indianapolis Bottom of the 3rd
  • Chase d’Arnaud pops out to first baseman Leslie Anderson in foul territory.
  • Alex Presley strikes out swinging.
  • Matt Hague grounds out, third baseman Russ Canzler to first baseman Leslie Anderson.
Durham Top of the 4th
  • Jose Lobaton called out on strikes.
  • Leslie Anderson lines out to shortstop Chase d’Arnaud.
  • J. Furmaniak grounds out, shortstop Chase d’Arnaud to first baseman Matt Hague.
Indianapolis Bottom of the 4th
  • Pitcher Change: Dane De La Rosa replaces Jeremy Hall.
  • Andrew Lambo hit by pitch.
  • Durham Bulls pitcher Dane De La Rosa ejected by HP umpire Toby Basner.

The South Division is heating up a bit. Gwinnett’s falling off the pace; Norfolk is getting it together; Charlotte looks snakebit.

The Bulls have four days against Syracuse (Washington) then another four against Indianapolis (Pirates), four days on the road, also against Syracuse. Then they are back with four games against Louisville (Reds). Should be some interesting baseball.

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