Sunday, July 24, 2011

Blazing Bats

Game 100, July 23, DBAP
Durham Bulls 9, Toledo Mud Hens 2
Season: 57-43; Home Stand: 2-0
Wrap, Box, Herald-Sun, Indy Week

NOTICE: TODAY'S GAME (SUNDAY) DELAYED TO 7:00 PM

I was unable to attend last night's game and I was not able to listen, so I really don't have much to offer beyond what is at the links above. One quirk — for the second night in a row the Bulls scored a run off a wild pitch. Some alert base running/base coaching going on.

Let's talk about recent hitting. Beginning just before, but accelerating after the All-Star break, the Bulls' run production has been extraordinary. Since July 14th, the Bulls have scored more than twice as many runs as their opponents, 72-35. They've hit 24 doubles, 2 triples, and 15 home runs. For the 10 games prior to the break the Bulls hit 14 doubles, 2 triples, and 9 homers. For the first time this year every player is over the Mendoza Line (.200), most of them comfortably so.

Then there's this striking chart of the Bulls cumulative runs scored/runs allowed on the year. Nice to see the line moving so firmly upward.


click chart for larger image

Tonight Andy Sonnanstine goes up against Toledo's ace, Tu-Te Fu-Te Ni. Bring your water bottles!

Air and Smoke.

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