Rochester Red Wings vs. Durham Bulls
Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham North Carolina
This is my 6th game of the road trip.
This was my second Bulls game and 4th time to this stadium this trip.
The Bulls are the Triple A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays and the Rochester Red Wings are the Triple A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.
This being the 4th time I have been to this stadium this trip I did not arrive to early since the gates only open an hour before and there is know way of seeing or getting baseballs during batting practice.
So I got some photos of the pitchers warming up in the Bullpens here is Bulls starter Nate Karns.
Red Wings starter Alex Meyer.
Karns throwing the first pitch of the game to the Red Wings Doug Bernier. Bernier hit a single and was left on base. Karns got the next 2 batters to ground out and struck out Deibinson Romero to end the inning.
Alex Meyer pitching to the Bulls lead off batter Robby Price.
The Bulls went down in order in the first with to fly outs to Daniel Ortiz in left field this photo is the second out hit by Justin Christian. The third was a strike out looking by Vince Belnome.
With Ali Solis on second Hak-Ju Lee set down a sac bunt to move him to third. Solis advanced to third and remained there after the next 2 batters after Lee got out and ended the inning. It was like watching a Rockies game where the completely blow a opportunity.
After 3 inning I decided to wander toward the out field and took some photos along the way as they played the 4th inning. Here is a photo of Karns pitching with the Bull looking on! The Red Wings went down in order in the inning including 2 strike outs.
The Red Wings got 2 runs in the 5th, the first a Nate Hanson single scored Pedro Florimon, Hanson then scored on a Deibinson Romero single to give Rochester a 2 run lead.
He was safe.
After a Vince Belnome hit the ball to first base Nate Hanson throws to second for the force out.
The Red Wings tried to turn 2 as Doug Bernier throws back to first.
After the 6th inning I headed back towards the infield. Here is a photo of Bulls reliever Merrill Kelly warming up in the bullpen.
Aaron Thompson Wilson Betemit at first. Jeremy Moore was on second Thompson walked both of them to start the 7th inning.
The Red Wings Starter Alex Meyer pitched 6 complete giving 5 hits and no runs striking out 8 Bulls batters.
They both moved up a base on a Mike Fontenot sac bunt.
Thompson was replaced with A.J. Achter after the Fontenot sac bunt.
Moore and Betemit both scored on a Lee single to tie the game at 2.
Moore sliding into home for the second run.
Kelly came into pitch for the Bulls in the 8th inning.
Nate Karns who started for the Bulls went 7 complete innings giving up 2 runs on 5 hits striking out 9.
The Bulls then took the lead in the 8th after the Red Wings Achter hit Christian, walked Belnome and gave up a single by Mikie Mahtook. Achter was taken out of the game and replaced with Michael Tonkin. Tonkin struck out the next 2 batters and then walked Fontenot, the walk forced in a run and the Bulls had a 3-2 lead going into the 9th.
Josh Lueke came into pitch for the Bulls in the 9th.
Chris Rahl reached base on a throwing error by Lee to first and then scored to tie the game at 3 on a Florimon single. Florimon than headed to second on the throw to home that was cut off by Belnome and he threw to Lee at second to get Florimon out at second for the second out of the inning.
Red Wings first baseman Nate Hanson makes the catch to get Price out at first. The Red Wings then intentionally walked Christian and then they got the next 2 batters out.
So we headed to the 10th.
Bernier advanced to second on a James Bersford ground out at first.
Ramirez scored on a Josmil Pinto single to give the Red Wings a 4-3 lead.
Then Charlie Montoya took Lueke out of the game.
C. J. Riefenhauser came into pitch for the Bulls.
Romero then hit into a double play to end the inning.
The Bulls come up to bat down 4-3 in the bottom of the 10th.
Edgar Ibarra pitched the 10th for the Red Wings.
The Bulls DH Wilson Betemit hit a solo home run to tie the game at 4.
To bad there was not anybody on base when he hit it because they would have won and instead we headed to the 11th. With 2 outs Florimon was walked and would score along with Hanson on a Bernier double to give the a 6-4 lead.
Lester Oliveros pitched the bottom of the 11th for the Red Wings. He walked lead off batter lead Robby Price reached on a fielders choice that got Lee out at second.
Justin Christian struck out for the second out of the inning.
..that scored Price and cut the Red Wings lead to 6-5.
That is it for this one, Still not sure what I am doing the next few days thinking of a Rookie League game in Burlington on Friday which is a double header. I do know I will be in Charlotte on Tuesday night before starting to head back west with stops in Cleveland, and Lake County Ohio before catching up with the Rockies in Detroit.
Till then see you around!!!