Friday, May 9, 2014

Swept; Move on Down the Road

Season: 20-15; Trip: 0-4
Wrap, Box,

The Durham Bulls wrapped up a thoroughly discouraging visit to Syracuse with another loss. Dollar Day got 3,369 fans into the park, so that foul balls didn’t rattle around in the stands for more than five minutes or so before getting picked up.

Have to wonder about Mike Montgomery’s comedown from his no-hitter on April 26. On May 2 he gave up 3 runs on 7 hits in 5⅓ innings. Yesterday he gave up 7 runs on 11 hits in 4⅔ innings. Worrisome.

Jim Patterson, Jeff Beliveau and Juan Sandoval closed things out, but coming back from 8 runs down is tough. Kevin Kiermaier did get a home run, though.

After the game, they hit the road for Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, straight down I-85 from Syracuse.

By the way, Gwinnett’s been winning. They are only one game back in the South Division.


Speaking of the no-hitter, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders are the team that Montgomery no-hit. The Bulls took 3 out of 4 from them at the beginning of the last home stand. Assuming the rotation stays intact, Montgomery probably won’t pitch while at their house.

The RailRiders are only 1½ games back in the very tight North Division. They are 7-3 on their last 10 games and have won the last 5 in a row, just finishing a sweep of the Indianapolis Indians. This will not be an easy run for the Bulls.

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