Friday, July 8, 2016

Pawsox Rain on Bulls; New Guy?

Game 89, July 7, Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston): 9
Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay): 1
Season: 38-51; Home Stand: 1-3
Wrap, Box, Herald-Sun

Game Score: NA (rain delay, game continued after 2-hour delay)
Tm wOBA: Game .162; Season .295; Diff -.133

The tarp was pulled when Jaff Decker was at bat in the bottom of the 1st. Then they took it off. Then they put it back on. After hanging out for 45 minutes or so, I gave up and went home. Two hours after the first pull the game restarted. By that time I was dried off and ensconced in front of my TV.

For the Bulls, Jaff Decker at DH drew a walk and then got caught trying to steal second base. After that, the Bulls were no-hit until the bottom of the 8th while the Pawsox feasted off five Bulls pitchers (including Decker who pitched the 9th).

Parker Markel just never got into any kind of groove seeming to alternate between K's and BB's. In the end, he took the loss. He gave up just 4 of the 16 hits the Pawsox put together.

We did get to see a new Durham Bull, right-hand reliever Casey Coleman. But broadcasters Kinas and Pose were too busy nattering on about video games from their childhood to tell us about him. Coleman does look to be an interesting guy. See links here and here. He opted out of his contract with the Mariners. He was having a decent season with Tacoma in the PCL.  Obviously, he did not do all that well last night, 3 runs on 4 hits and a hit batsman. Have to say I could care less about video arcades in the midwest in the 70's (80's?). I do care about learning at least a little bit about a new Durham Bull that the Rays signed a day ago, and why they signed him.

Note: Perhaps Coleman was introduced in the pre-game show. Not sure. I'm having difficulty getting my little radio to work inside the ballpark.

Final admission: I gave up with the Bulls behind 7-0, thoroughly annoyed with the broadcast crew and with the Bulls. I don't know any more about the last couple of innings than you do if you read the wrap or the Herald-Sun story.

Outside the game —
  • The Bulls are offering a ticket exchange for anyone who had a ticket last night. But — a big but — you have to go down to the ticket office to get the exchange. Good luck with that. Details at the wrap link.
  • The Gwinnett Braves have moved into first place in the South Division (standings) even though they are 8 games below .500. Everyone else, including the Bulls, are even worse.
  • With the new guy on board, Mayo Acosta has been assigned to Hudson Valley.

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