Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Best in AAA Baseball — The Durham Bulls

Scranton Times-Tribune

Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay): 5; Memphis Redbirds (St Louis): 3
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By now you will have heard about Kean Wong's heroics and his well-deserved accolades.

But there's more ...

For example, Jeff Ames came on in the 2nd inning with the bases loaded and just one out. An Adames-Wong-Bauers double play ended the threat. Ames stayed for another inning, recorded a five-out appearance, and a season as the Bulls best middle reliever.

Kean Wong could just as easily been the games' goat. He got a single in the 1st inning and then got thrown out trying to go first to third on a Willy Adames single. However, in the bottom of the 4th all was forgiven with that very pretty grand slam. Then there were two nice bits of defense as the game went on.

Rehabbing Xavier Cedeno was the Bulls fourth pitcher and I was already composing a full-blown rant in my head if he had not done well. But he did a fine job inducing ground balls and stranding a runner on 2B after an error.

Brent Honeywell did a fine job and got credit for the win. I'm not sure why that would be since Chi We Hu pitched the top of the 4th, Cedeno pitched the top of the 5th, and the winning run was scored in the bottom of the 4th. Maybe someone would enlighten me on that rule.

Pretty day. Nice game. Wonderful end to a great year for our Bulls.


  1. When the starter doesn't go 5, then it's scorer's discretion on who gets the win usually based on "most deserving". I assume in this case because Honeywell pitched the longest he got it.

    1. Thanks. Didn't know that. Honeywell did have a good outing.

  2. I think the relevant rule for Honeywell credited with the win is 9.17(c): "The official scorer shall not credit as the winning pitcher a relief pitcher who is ineffective in a brief appearance, when at least one succeeding relief pitcher pitches effectively in helping his team maintain its lead. In such a case, the official scorer shall credit as the winning pitcher the succeeding relief pitcher who was most effective, in the judgment of the official scorer." Since Hu allowed 2 base hits, resulting in a run, Cedeno was only in 1 inning, and Honeywell held the lead over 2 2/3, I think the official scorer reckoned Honeywell the most effective of the bunch.

  3. Makes sense to me. Thank you. Learned something.