Monday, August 22, 2016

A Win at Harbor Park

Game 129, 21 August, Harbor Park, Norfolk, Virginia
Durham Bulls (Rays): 5
Norfolk Tides (Orioles): 4
10 innings
Wrap, Box, Virginian-Pilot
Game Score: Gamboa 74; Season Avg 55 (12 starts, 55.2 innings)
Tm OPS: Game .679; Season .670; Diff .009

If anyone knows why manager Jared Sandberg got tossed after the first out of the 1st inning, we'd like to know.According to the game log, Jake Hager had just popped out. What could there have been to argue about? By my count, that was the fifth time this season he's been tossed and the second time in the first inning. The Bulls have won the last three times he was ejected. Trend?

Meanwhile, after cruising into the 9th (mostly), the Bulls needed Jake Hager's first home run of the season to win the game in the 10th. Heroics would not have been necessary except for the two runs that Tyler Sturdevant gave up over the 8th and 9th innings. That led to the very odd statistical quirk that Sturdevant acquired his fifth blown save but also his third win. Seems unfair somehow.

A win at Harbor Park this season is a big deal. The Bulls have only won 4 of 15 games played there.

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