Monday, July 4, 2016

Bulls Win in Norfolk! Coming Home

Game 84, July 2, Harbor Park, Norfolk, Virginia
Durham Bulls: 0
Norfolk Tides: 1
12 innings
Wrap, Box, Virginian-Pilot

Game 85, July 3, Harbor Park, Norfolk, Virginia
Durham Bulls: 4
Norfolk Tides: 1
Season: 37-48; Trip: 3-4
Wrap, Box, Virginian-Pilot

After dropping three in a row in Norfolk, the last two at the very last moment, you have to understand how apprehensive we were in the 8th and 9th last night. Even with a three-run lead, the Bulls are completely snake-bitten in Harbor Park this year. They could easily lose this one. But they didn't. Nevertheless, Steve Geltz did start his appearance in the 8th with two walks before getting two K's.

Austin Pruitt had one of his best nights of the season. Certainly it was the most strenuous at 106 pitches. Jaff Decker announced his return with a home run. Jake Goebbert, at first base after a long stretch in left field, got his seventh. Mayo Acosta, he of the .098 batting average, dropped a single over second base and got his third RBI of the season.


The Bulls are coming back to face the Syracuse Chiefs, the Washington Nationals farm team. The Chiefs are in last place in the six-team North Division. [standings] This is just about as even a matchup as we've seen, not that it's a matchup of strengths. The Chiefs are 13th place in batting average and OPS. The Bulls are in 14th in both categories. The Bulls do have an edge in pitching, though, being right at the mid-point in the IL while the Chiefs are in 12th place.

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Road to .500 Update

As mentioned a while back, given the way the South Division of the International League is shaking out, a team that can establish a .500 average has a shot at winning the division. Here's how the Bulls are doing on that path, using mid-season as a start point. They need to pick it up a bit. Sixty games are left on the schedule. The Bulls need to win 35 of those 60 games to get to .500.

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