Thursday, June 2, 2016

First Durham Bulls Series Win Since Mid-April

Game 54, June 1, DBAP
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: 3
Durham Bulls: 4
Season: 22–32, Home Stand: 2–1
Wrap, Box, Herald-Sun

Jamies Schultz let a lot of guys on base, but got through his 6 innings with only one run scored. Meanwhile, the Bulls chipped away with runs in the 1st, 5th, 6th, and 7th, the highlight being J.P. Arencibia’s opposite field home run in the 7th that saw him chatter his way around the bases.

We should note that we watched the game via MiLB-TV which was only showing a fixed shot from up high and behind the screen. Not a good way to watch the game. Assume that the usual crew was in school.

Manager Jared Sandberg came close to outsmarting himself when he brought in Adam Kolarek for just one out in the 8th and then followed him with closer-in-training Dylan Floro. Floro had a solid 8th, but the 9th was very, very dicey with Floro allowing four hits.

Outside the game—
  • Tim Beckham has been called back to the Rays. Not sure why Beckham got the call. He has not been stellar anwhere this year (2 hits in 16 at-bats as a Bull, 10 hits in 54 at-bats as a Ray). Nick Franklin, who is also on the 40-man, is doing just fine (for a 2016 Bull) with a .258 BA, .740 OPS, .332 wOBA, in 48 games. But Beckham’s status has been a puzzle to me for a long time.

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