Columbus Clippers vs. Durham Bulls
Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, N.C.
Game 5 of road trip
This day started with a lot of rain in Raleigh I was suppose to go to a Carolina Mudcats game. Five County Stadium is the only stadium that is used for professional baseball I have not been too in N.C. Since I Have been to Durham 2 previous times I was not planning on going back to Durham this trip. After I saw that the Mudcats was rained out I immediately check to see who else was around and playing the Bulls were home and I decided to get back to DBAP just to get a game in since I have not seen a game in about 7 days since I was in Boston. This being the 3rd time I have been to the DBAP and it was raining I did not really have to get there to early. I have already seen the ballpark and done posts about the stadium.
There was a new piece of art work outside the stadium and it was this art Cow celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the movie “Bull Durham” It is decorated in a Bulls uniform and catchers gear depicting the character Crash Davis in the movie.
After entering the stadium I took this BNW of the Bull in left field from the tunnel to the field.
There was another new addition to the stadium area and it is this new building in left field.
The Bulls Played the Columbus Clippers and Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched. I saw him pitch in Columbus at the beginning of this trip. In this photo he is warming up in the bull-pen along the left field line.
Bulls Manager Charley Montoyo and Clippers manager Chris Tremie exchange line up cards with the umpires.
The Bulls starting pitcher Merrill Kelly pitching to the Clippers Ezequiel Carrera. Carrera walked and ended up advancing to third after he stole second and a wild pitch got him to third. The next 3 batters got out and he did not score.
Carrera diving back after his 1st inning walk.
Daisuke Matsuzaka pitching to the Bulls Evan Frey who lead off with a single. The Bulls scored 2 runs in the inning. Frey scored on a Cole Figueroa double. Figueroa scored on a Vince Belnome single for a 2-0 lead.
Daisuke pitching in the 3rd inning. I decided to walk to the third base side just to get some photos without the net in the way. The seats I had was great for watching a game but a nightmare for taking photos. for most of the game I did stay in m seat just and just watched the game.
Shelley Duncan takes a swing for a strike in the 3rd inning. He would strike out to end the inning for the Bulls.
The Clippers Cord Phelps takes a swing for a strike in the 4th inning. The Clippers went down in order in the 4th everyone flying out to the outfield. Phelps flew out to right.
Here is a look at the stadium from my seat behind home plate while the Clippers were batting in the 5th.
The Bulls did score a run in the 4th Leslie Anderson hit a lead off home run. It was the first time I got to see the bull breath smoke, the Bulls did not hit any home runs the last 2 times I was there. (3-0) Bulls.
Matt Carson slides into 3rd in the Columbus 5th. The Clippers did get 2 runs in the inning. Carson and Luis Hernandez would both score on a Ezequiel Carrera single. (3-2) Bulls
Shelley Duncan hit the second Bulls home run of the game scoring 2 runs. (5-2) Bulls
The Bull breathed smoke once again! I did take a photo after the 4th inning Anderson home run but you could not see it as well with the netting and rain.
After pitching to 3 batters in the 6th inning. Daisuke was taken out of the game and he was replaced with Bryan Price. Daisuke did not pitch as well in this game as he did in the Columbus game I saw. He gave up 5 runs on 7 hits, 2 home runs and walked and struck out 3.
Chris Gimenez hitting a single in the 6th inning.
A Clippers player score in the 7th inning. They score 3 runs in the inning not to sure which run this was. That tied up the game at 5.
A runner heads back to first after a sac fly by Chun-Hsiu Chen. Which I think is the above run also.
The Bulls making a pitching change in the 7th inning. Jeff Beliveau replaces Steve Getz who came in for Kelly in the 7th. Kelly pitched 6 innings giving up 4 hits and 2 runs, walked 3 struck out 4.
Another of the 3 Clippers runs that was scored in the 7th. inning.
A high and inside pitch to the Clippers Tim Fedroff in the 7th he would hit a single but did not score any runs all the runs were scored before this at bat.
Charlie Montoyo comes out to remove Beliveau.
Kirby Yates came into the game.
After the Clippers and Bulls both did not score it was time for well the photo says it best!
Shelley Duncan hits a double off the Blue monster in the bottom of the 10th. To advance Vince Belnome who walked to lead off the inning to third.
The ball being fielded after bouncing off the wall by the Clippers left fielder Tim Fedroff.
Belnome arrive to third well infront of the throw from left.
Leslie Anderson on deck ready to step to the plate.
He would hit a walk off single scoring Belnome and winning the game for the Bulls.
Belnome after crossing home and heading to celebrate down the first base line.
The Bulls won this game 6-5. It was a great night to see some baseball in the rain. Once again The Mudcats stadium is still eluding me!
More celebrating after win.
I really like the stadium in Durham and am glad I got back there. On another day I will finally get to my last stadium in N.C..
My next game I will be head to a Danville Braves game which is in the Appalachian League.
So that is it from Durham.
See You around!
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