The way he has been playing lately, there is no one that Durham Bulls fans would want up in a clutch situation more than Wil Myers. How long will it be before we say the same thing about him on the Rays?
Triple-A International League: Durham Bulls 6, Indianapolis Indians (PIT) 2 (14 innings)
For 13 innings, this was a game of pitching dominance and offensive ineptitude. In the first 13 frames, the Bulls went just 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position while Indianapolis was just 1 for 14. But in the 14th inning, the Bulls finally broke through, getting back-to-back singles by Mike Fontenot and Brandon Guyer before Wil Myers scored Fontenot with a single (and an error) to give Durham the lead. The Bulls weren’t done, with Vince Belnome drilling a 2-run double and Cole Figueroa notching an RBI triple as the Bulls won 6-2. Alex Colome started for Durham in his first game back in the minors after his scintillating MLB debut, and it didn’t go very well as he went 4 innings allowing 2 runs on 5 hits, striking out 2 while walking 3. In relief of Colome, though, the Bulls bullpen was unbelievable. Steve Geltz, Josh Lueke, and Juan Sandoval all tossed 2 shutout innings before Adam Liberatore nailed down the win with 3 shutout frames to end it. On the offensive side, Guyer, Belnome, and Figueroa all had multiple hits while Juan Apodaca scored the Bulls’ first two runs with a 2-run single in the 5th. Marathon game for the Bulls, but it’s always nice when you find a way to win.
High-A Florida State League: Dunedin Blue Jays 8, Charlotte Stone Crabs 5
A bullpen collapse ruined the day for Charlotte as the Blue Jays won 8-5. Roberto Gomez had far from his best stuff for the Stone Crabs, walking 4 while striking out none in 5.1 innings, but he battled to have a decent outing, allowing 3 run on 9 hits and departing with the lead. Unfortunately, though, Jordan Harrison and Nate Garcia couldn’t do the job behind him, allowing 5 runs in the 8th. Garcia’s blown save was his first of the season. On the offensive side, Kes Carter slammed a 2-run home run and Jake Hager went 3 for 4 with a double and 2 runs scored in the loss. Hager has hit in his last five games to raise his average .284 on the season.