Rochester Red Wings vs. Durham Bulls
Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, N.C.
The Rochester Red wings are a Triple A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins
The Durham Bulls are the Triple A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays
They are in the International League The Red Wings are in the North Division and are in 3rd place with a 55-47 record before the game. The Durham Bulls are in the South Division and killing it in first place and have a 55-46 record before the game and have a 10+ game lead over the second place team in their division the Gwinnett Braves.
This was the 3rd time I have been to this stadium in the last week and the 7th time since I have been doing my summer road trip. I headed to this game because their Manager Charlie Montoyo had 613 wins as their manager. That ties the franchise record held by Bill Evers.
Over the last off season the Bulls did some renovations this is the concession stands on the right field concourse that was changed to these wood facades.
They renamed the bar on the right field concourse. I think they are trying to recreate the Party Deck at Coors!
Bulls starter Enny Romero warming up in the bullpen.
Charlie Montoyo and the Red Wings manager Gene Glynn exchange score cards and go over ground rules before the game.
Romero throwing his first pitch to the Red Wings Doug Bernier. Bernier would walk, but Romero would get the next 3 batters out.
Romero pitches with Bernier on first.
Sean Gilmartin started for the Red Wings.
The first batter he faced was Robby Price who he struck out the first of 2 strike outs in the inning. He faced the minimum 3 batters in the inning.
Since I have always sat on the first base line or close to the infield I decided to sit in the right field seats for a few innings. Did not take to many photos there just sat and enjoyed the game. Jeremy Moore tried to stretch a definite double into a questionable triple and the question was answered he was out at third the Bulls did get on the board on the play Mikie Mahtook did score the first run of the game for the Bulls and give them a 1-0 lead. The out at third did end the inning. The Red Wings did get a run to tie the game in top of the 5th. Nate Hanson got on base with a force out at second and he reached 1st. He scored on a Eric Farris single.
Barcelona has the running of the bulls, well in Durham they have the running of the kids!
The Bulls did also get to run in the bottom of the 5th. on a Ali Solis double that scored Vince Belnome to give the Bulls a 2-1 lead.
And remember Rockies fans when you are at the bottom of your fifth…. (don’t get it listen to a Rockies game on the radio)
After the top of the 7th I headed back to the first base line. Along the way I took this photo of the always helpful Durham Bulls staff! More importantly it is the creative BNW to show the mad photo skillz!
After Red Wings starter Gilmartin allowed the first 2 batters of the 7th reach base, Deolis Guerra came into pitch for the Red Wing. In the 6+ innings Gilmartin pitched he gave up 4 runs on 5 hits and struck out 9 Bulls batters.
Mike Fontenot hit a ball to left center that went to the wall and score Mahtook and Belnome to give the Bulls a 4-1 lead.
Fontenot makes the turn to second as Belome heads to third.
Belnome slides into home to beat the throw to home.
Hak-Ju Lee hit a ground rule double down the right field line it was a grounder but I think it may have hit the bull pen mound and bounced out or was fan interference. Not sure I was watching the batter threw the camera. But the hit did score Fontenot and give the Bulls a 5-1 lead.
Lee was then caught on a pick off play between second and third base.
It was you typical 1,4,3 caught stealing!
Steve Geltz pitched the 7th and 8th inning for the Bulls. Starter Enny Romero pitched 6 complete innings he only allowed 1 run on 6 hits striking out 4 while walking 3. Geltz in his 2 innings gave up 2 hits striking out 3.
Josh Lueke came in to close the game for the Bulls.
After Lueke gave up a run and struck out 2 and got the last out on a fly ball to center, Charlie Montoyo became the most winning manager in Durham Bulls history. Here he is heading out to celebrate the win with his team and his 2 son’s.
Here he is shaking hands with first base coach Dave Myers.
In honor of his historic win as manager he was named player of the game and was interviewed and then got the water dump! It was awesome to be able to be at this game in Durham for such a historic night for the franchise. This is why I these road trips you never know what you may witness. The same is with any other game you may attend, you never know what will happen in the game. This event I did expect and is why I decided to attend this game on a day I was not going to a game.
So the Bulls won this game 5-1 and a 56-46 record for the year.
They also made another change to the front of the stadium adding 2 fountains to the front of the stadium.
That is it for this one it was a great game to experience. The next game I will attend is in Zubulon, N.C. the Home of the Carolina Mudcats this is the only team I have not seen to in N.C. I would say it was the last stadium I have not been to but I now have to go to the new Charlotte Stadium which I will go to next week.
See You Around.