Season: 50-43; Home Stand: 2-0; Last 10: 5-5
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Outfielder Jeremy Moore made it happen for the Bulls last night, again. His single in the 1st brought Mike Fontenot home to tie the game. His home run in the 4th won the game. The Bulls needed those runs because Norfolk’s pitching was uncharacteristically sharp. The Bulls only had six hits, drew only two walks, and struck out 11 times.
Meanwhile Matt Andriese had another solid night. That’s nine out of his last ten appearances that have been very strong. If he stays healthy, the Rays have another prospect lining himself up for next year. Plus he did it against a strong Norfolk lineup with only one right-handed batter (who, by the way, got two of the 5 hits Andriese allowed).
Radioman Kinas pointed out that this was the first time this year that Montoyo had delivered exactly the same lineup to the umps twice in a row. That meant that Hak-Ju Lee has missed two games, perhaps a good thing for his knee.
We noticed that Ali Solis was used to warm up Adam Liberatore. I hope that means his hand is OK.
Sure is nice to have three real outfielders in the outfield. Fly balls are gathered in with confidence. The occasional spectacular play — for example, Justin Christian’s sliding grab to start the 8th — changes the dynamics of the game.
Outside the game —
- Can’t let the howler by broadcaster Scott Pose go by. He expressed confidence in the Bulls’ upcoming stretch of 10 games away from home, noting that the Bulls were a good road team. I’m not sure where that thought came from. Probably from the first trips of the year and a look at their overall record (23-22). However, the Bulls have lost 10 of their last 16 games on the road, and 5 of their last 6. So forgive me if I’m a bit worried about the next two weeks as they go against Norfolk, Buffalo, and Gwinnett (who skunked them last week).