Sunday, May 26, 2013

Hitting and Gifts

Game 49, May 25123456789RHE
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SWB RailRiders (Yankees)1020020106112

Season: 30-19; Trip: 4-1
Wrap, Box, RailRider

Not only did the Bulls hit well, their stunning OPS for the game (.950) was helped by 8 BBs and 2 hit batsmen (actually, that should be one batsman, hit twice, Rich Thompson). Things just clicked: Another home run by Wil Myers, doubles by Myers, Belnome, and Fontenot; sacrifice bunting by Albernaz and Thompson.

J.D. Martin gave up his usual bases-empty home run, but also got his fifth win.

The heralded matchup between Cory Wade and Dan Johnson came and went without any notable fanfare. In the 7th Johnson hit an opposite field fly ball to Jason Bourgeois in left field. Not exactly a “duel”.

Outside the game —
  • Norfolk lost, so the Bulls have moved up to just a game out of the lead.
  • The NC State-UNC game went 18 innings at the DBAP last night. Concessionaires cheered. Scott Strickland wept.
  • One more plea for podcasts of Kinas’ pre-game interviews. Caught just a few minutes of a chat with Craig Albernaz. Very insightful comments on Bulls pitching and the craft of catching. Sure wish I could hear all of it.
  • Grumbling down St. Pete way [Rays Index]. If they do shake up bullpen, then ...

Bulls Moving Up
May 26, 2013

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