Season: 15-11; Home Stand: 1-0
The Durham Bulls started off one of their rare May home stands with a shutout of the Buffalo Bisons. And they moved into a tie for first place in the South Division of the International League.
J.P. Arencibia and Cory Brown were the big bats for the Bulls. Arencibia had two home runs. Brown had a home run, a triple, and a double, just missing a single at the end of the game. Between them they accounted for 5 of the 7 RBI.
Rays fans (do we have any around here?) can be pleased to see rehabbing Jake McGee on the mound for an impressive inning and the 5 innings that rehabbing infielder Nick Franklin played in (1 for 3, single).
We’re wondering when we should start worrying about 1B/DH Alan Dykstra. Since coming back from the Rays he’s come to the plate 25 times and has yet to get a hit and only one BB. We can hope he comes around, but there’s obviously something not right.
Outside the Game —
- The Bulls are not in town very much in early May. This three game visit and a four game visit from 14-17 is it until May 25th when they start a 6-game stretch. Given the erratic weather we can expect in May, we suggest you jump at any opportunity to see the Bulls.
- Today is first “Bark in the Park” day. Usually fun.
- The local TV broadcasts begin on May 15. Based on my observation of other teams in the IL, the Bulls have by far the best crew in the league. And they are Explorer Scouts.
- The Bulls blog has a very nice summary of how the Bulls are doing at this point in the season.