Pawtucket Red Sox: 4
Durham Bulls: 1
Season: 40-52; Home Stand: 3-4
Wrap, Box, Herald-Sun
Game Score: Marks 63; Season Avg 49 (13 starts, 70 innings)
Tm wOBA: Game .214; Season .296; Diff -.082
Yes, the defense was the worst we've seen this season. Six errors. Everyone on the infield (less the catcher, but including the pitcher) committed an error. The second baseman made two. Nevertheless, the result was only two unearned runs.
Bulls pitching was, in fact, pretty good. Justin Marks yet again got scant run support. His Game Score of 63 was well above his season average. The relief crew wasn't spectacular, but did OK.
Look to the Pawsox pitcher for another explanation for the loss. Bulls hitters never figured out William Cuevas, and were certainly impatient. Cuevas only used 95 pitches to get through 8 full innings (it took him just 5 pitches to get through the 8th inning!). He was only touched once and that on a very awkward swing by Dayron Varona that put a ball over the Blue Monster.
Outside the game —
- Here we are at the All-Star break. I'll post some of my charts over the next day or so.
- Isn't this schedule weird? The Bulls aren't back in town until 25th of July. They get their All-Star break and then start an 11-game three city tour of the North.
- I once read that the IL schedule was done with pencil and paper by an old-time baseball guy in Norfolk. That must have changed last year or maybe there's another reason for what seems to be a bit of a mess. Anyhow, only 25 home games left.
- The upside may be that the turf gets a rest. The grass at the DBAP is about the worst I've ever seen. That's the one piece of the big renovation that does not seem to have worked all that well. Although I'd rather blame Duke, the ACC tournament, or both.
- Appropo of nothing particular: What happened to the Blue Monster? Moths get to his suit?