Monday, August 22, 2011

Bulls Finish Great Trip and Head Home

Game 126, August 20, Harbor Park, Norfolk, Virginia
Norfolk Tides (Baltimore) 3, Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay) 2
Wrap, Box, Indy Week, Virginia-Pilot

Game 127, August 21, Harbor Park, Norfolk, Virginia
Durham Bulls 4, Norfolk Tides 3 (10 Innings)
Season: 74-53; Road Trip: 7-3; Home Games Remaining: 9
Wrap, Box, Indy Week, Virginia-Pilot

What an amazing road trip. After dropping the first two games by just one run each, the Bulls ripped off six wins, took a loss (also by just one run) and then won last night in extra innings. They come back to a well-deserved day off and then a nine games at home, six games on the road finish to the season.

The Independently Weekly is either taking very seriously the task of showing other Triangle media how sports should be covered by paying for his trip, or (more likely) Adam Sobsey is just about the most Bulls-obsessed guy out there. He's got two columns up (see the Indy Week links above) about the Saturday and Sunday games in Norfolk.

In addition to games reportage, he mentions that Justin Ruggiano has been with the team the last couple of days on his rehab assignment and may start playing during the home stand. It'll be nice to see him on the field and he should be able to help the Bulls hold on to their 6-game lead in the South Division.

Last night's game? After the first couple of innings, I was worried that Matt Torra was not going to make it, but after giving up three runs, he did just fine. The relief crew of Bateman, De La Rosa, and Delaney pitched shutout baseball over the next five innings, waiting for the Bulls to get one of their many base runners across. That was finally done in the 10th on a Tim Beckham single.

Gotta love this chart.

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