Saturday, July 16, 2016

1 by 1; 2 by 11

Game 93, July 14, NBT Stadium, Syracuse, New York
Durham Bulls (Rays): 4
Syracuse Chiefs (Nationals): 5
Wrap, Box,

Game Score: Gamboa 62; Season Avg 52 (6 starts, 19.2 innings)
Tm OPS: Game .548; Season .656; Difference -.108
Tm wOBA: Game .248; Season .295; Difference -.047

Game 94, July 15, NBT Stadium
Durham Bulls: 1
Syracuse Chiefs: 12
Season: 40-54; Trip: 0-2
Wrap, Box

Game Score: Faria -6; Season 50 (4 starts, 15.2 innings)
Tm OPS: Game .659; Season .656; Diff .003
Tm wOBA: Game .262; Season .295; Diff -.033

The best thing that I can think of to say is that not very many people saw these games. I am sure there's a reason for the Chiefs' poor attendance, but they rank at the bottom of the International League. On a Friday night, they were credited with just 5,248 fans (and just 5,869 on Thursday). But that's above their season average of just 3,866, so perhaps the Bulls are a draw.

I don't want to write about these two games. The first was lost when Dayron Varona missed a fly ball in the 9th. But that was after Parker Markel gave up the Bulls lead in the 6th inning and J.P. Arencibia tied it up in the 9th.

Jacob Faria's 1st inning last night was as ugly an inning as you would ever want to see. Single, walk, walk, single, grand slam, single, single, K, Sac fly (second out), single.

But the pain kept up as the Bulls' iron hands committed two errors on one ball that let a run in, and then there was a triple before a K ended the inning.

14 Chiefs came to bat.

Quite possibly the worst 1st inning in Bulls history.

A slew of roster changes, and likely more coming:
  • Luke Maile got called up to Tampa Bay (and went 2 for 3 with a RBI)
  • Kyle Roller came off the disabled list, but was released.
  • Hank Conger, a catcher who has been with the Rays all season, is headed toward the Bulls. Stats.
  • Dana Eveland arrived from Tampa Bay and pitched on Thursday.
  • Kyle Winkler went back to Montgomery.
  • Johnny Field came off the disabled list and played Thursday and Friday.
  • Mayo Acosta is back from "Hudson Valley"; Cameron Seitzer is off to Hudson Valley. 
  • An infielder named Casey Gillaspie is coming up from Montgomery (stats).
  • Pitcher Ryan Garton is coming back from Tampa Bay.
  • Pitcher Tyler Sturdevant is coming back from Tampa Bay.
Got all that? Very likely even more changes coming. The team that comes back after this road trip is going to be quite different than the one that left.

Austin Pruitt got the win in the Triple-A All-Star game. Congrats.

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