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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Ugly night as Durham Bulls get one hit, Mudcats lose 11th straight game

Posted By on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 11:36 PM

It wasn’t a good night for the Triangle’s two minor-league baseball teams. Durham BullsFernando PerezBoth played on the road on Thursday, and neither one of them scored. The Durham Bulls did have one positive about their 4-0 loss to the Buffalo Bisons in which they got just one hit, as Heath Phillips tossed the team’s first complete game of the season. But for the Carolina Mudcats the news was all bad, as they lost their 11th straight game in a 5-0 decision to the Mobile Bay Bears with ace Matt Klinker suffering the loss. The Mudcats are one short of...

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Hellickson stays unbeaten for Bulls, Mudcats' slide extends to 10 games

Posted By on Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 10:09 PM

The Durham Bulls used another solid outing from ace Jeremy Hellickson and some hot bats, beating the host Buffalo Bisons 9-2 Wednesday to even their series at one win apiece. Durham BullsJeremy Hellickson The Bulls have the best record in the International League at 15-6. Meanwhile the Carolina Mudcats’ woes continued, as they lost their 10th straight game in a 3-1 road loss to the Jacksonville Suns. It is the second longest losing streak in Mudcats history. The Bulls play their third of four games at Buffalo tonight, while Carolina visits the Mobile Bay Bears for the opener of their...

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Mudcats drop ninth straight game, Durham Bulls fall in opener at Buffalo

Posted By on Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 12:03 AM

Tuesday was a rough night for the Triangle’s two pro baseball teams, with the Carolina Mudcats getting the worst of it. Durham BullsChris RichardThe Mudcats gave up eight runs in the sixth inning in a 12-5 road loss at Jacksonville that was their ninth straight defeat, while Durham fell 9-5 in the opener of its four-game set at Buffalo. Carolina will play the finale of its current series with Jacksonville today, while the Bulls will take on the Bisons in the second game of the series....

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Durham Bulls Drop Homestand Finale to Gwinnett Braves: Earlyburly

Posted By on Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 5:00 PM

DBAP/DURHAM—This morning I finished my breakfast and went straight to the DBAP. It's pretty disorienting to be still digesting your oatmeal at game time, when you're still groggy from the previous night's lucubrations. I had wagered that none of the ballplayers would admit to hating an 11:00 AM first pitch, even though that's when they're usually waking up, because they generally try to show reporters their chipper game-faces whenever possible; but Bulls' designated hitter Dan Johnson was having nothing to do with the party line. How did did he like playing ball right after Showcase Showdown? "Not at all," he...

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Stanton again culprit as Mudcats drop eighth straight

Posted By on Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Mike Stanton continued his rampage against the Carolina Mudcats, extending their misery for another day. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats outfielder Yonder AlonsoStanton had three homers for seven RBI, leading the Jacksonville Suns to an 11-2 win and handing the visiting Mudcats their eighth straight defeat. Curtis Partch, up from Lynchburg for his Southern League debut while Dallas Buck was placed on the Carolina League club’s roster, worked three innings and allowed seven runs on seven hits.Jacksonville’s Alex Sanabia (2-0) struck out seven in seven shutout innings. Jacksonville was up 11-0 before the Mudcats broke up the shutout...

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RailHawks, Mexican Olympians play to 1-1 draw

Posted By on Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 8:02 AM

CARY — Carolina RailHawks brass surely will be happy to see the attendance figures more than doubled this week, with 3,687 paying customers coming out to WakeMed Soccer Park for the Sunday night friendly against the Mexican Olympic team. Unfortunately for them, most of the spectators were supporting the opposition. Even Swoops, the team mascot, dubbed the “most famous in professional sports” by announcer Dean Linke Mark Calaway, was roundly booed. “It’s always fun to play with fans who are cheering all game long,” said RailHawks striker Andriy Budnyy, who scored the team’s lone goal in the 1-1 draw. “I...

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RailHawks player ratings vs. Mexican Olympic National Team, 4/25/10

Posted By on Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Triangle Offense's RailHawks' player ratings for Sunday night's draw against the Mexican Olympic National team. Let us know your thoughts... GK Nic Platter - 8: Two saves and several swatted away threats gave him RailHawks’ Man of the Match; only an own goal denied him a clean sheet D Mark Schulte - 5: His failed clearance, deflected into his own goal, gave Mexico its only point; fitness is clearly still an issue for the RailHawks’ captain D Matt Bobo - 7: Repelled repeated Mexican attacks during the first half; during his 45 minutes on the pitch, Mexico only mustered two...

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Durham Bulls pound Gwinnett Braves: Not kidding

Posted By on Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 7:00 AM

Aneury RodriguezDBAP/DURHAM—"The Bulls are not kidding around right now," a dad explained to his very young son during the top of the seventh inning of Durham's 9-1 trouncing of the Gwinnett Braves. Braves' designated hitter Barbaro Canizares had just hit a ball to rather deep right field, where Justin Ruggiano hauled it in without much trouble. Canizares is a pretty familiar face to Bulls' pitchers over the last year-plus; he had 70 at-bats against Durham in 2009 (22 hits). Speaking of familiar, how about Justin Ruggiano vis a vis Braves' starter Todd Redmond? The Roodge had a pair of homers...

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Stanton, Suns deal Mudcats seventh straight defeat

Posted By on Sun, Apr 25, 2010 at 7:20 PM

The Carolina Mudcats’ woes continue. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats catcher Chris DenoveMike Stanton smacked a pair of homers with a double and a single for four RBI, leading the homestanding Jacksonville Suns to an 8-2 victory and extending the Mudcats’ losing streak to seven games. Jacksonville outhit the Mudcats 10-7, but had six extra-base hits to two for Carolina. Chris Denove’s first homer of the season and Denis Phipps’ double produced the Mudcats’ runs. Tom Koehler (3-0) had a quality start and picked up the win, while Dallas Buck (1-2) took the loss....

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Suns extend Mudcats' skein to a half-dozen

Posted By on Sun, Apr 25, 2010 at 3:05 AM

Getting away from home for their first of a 10-game road trip didn’t help the Carolina Mudcats a bit on Saturday night at the Baseball Grounds. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Matt KlinkerBrandon Tripp’s two-run double in the seventh was the big hit for the Jacksonville Suns in a 6-0 victory that dealt the Mudcats their sixth straight loss. Matt Dominguez added an RBI triple in the four-run inning that turned the close game into an easy win for the hosts. Matt Klinker (1-2) had a solid start for Carolina, allowing one earned run while striking out...

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Durham Bulls' eight-game streak ends as late rally falls just short

Posted By on Sat, Apr 24, 2010 at 9:10 PM

DBAP/DURHAM The Durham Bulls are off to one of their hottest starts in club history, with the best record in Triple-A and an eight-game winning streak. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls manager Charlie MontoyoThis afternoon they’ll host the Gwinnett Braves, the top farm club of the Atlanta Braves that is playing its second season in suburban Lawrenceville, Ga. Durham has had its way with the G-Braves so far, winning all four meetings, but every result was by one or two runs. Lefty Heath Phillips will go for the Bulls today against Chris Resop. It’s cloudy and warm, with a 60 percent...

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Durham Bulls rally to edge Gwinnett Braves: Battlers Up!

Posted By on Sat, Apr 24, 2010 at 7:00 AM

The Bulls' Brian Baker earned Friday's win.DBAP/DURHAM—During Jeremy Hellickson's warmup pitches before the top of the first inning last night, something didn't seem quite right. Hard to say what, exactly; after the game he said he felt fine in the bullpen and then on the mound. But he walked two of the first three Gwinnett Braves he faced—coming into the game, he had walked a total of three batters in his first three starts combined, covering 19 innings—and Barbaro Canizares followed with a single. Hellickson had thrown only fastballs to that point, save perhaps for one curve, and up stepped...

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Tennessee buzzsaw continues as Mudcats are swept in five

Posted By on Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 11:05 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON It’s the series finale of the Carolina Mudcats’ five-game set against the hottest team in Organized Baseball, and the Mudcats really need a win. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats infielder Eric EymannThey’re coming off a very rough night on Thursday, a doubleheader sweep by the Tennessee Smokies that was the visitors’ sixth straight win and Carolina’s fourth straight loss. The Mudcats are in third place in the Southern League’s North Division, six games behind the Chicago Cubs-affiliated Smokies, and a seven-game deficit just two weeks into the season would leave Carolina with a very big...

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mudcats woes continue as Smokies sweep twin bill

Posted By on Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 10:59 PM

Nothing much has seemed to go right in the Carolina Mudcats’ home series against the Tennessee Smokies at Five County Stadium. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats manager David BellBut the first two games on Monday and Tuesday were close. Thursday’s doubleheader, necessitated by a rainout on Wednesday, wasn’t. The Smokies ran their record to 12-2 and dropped the Mudcats six games back in the Southern League’s North Division, rolling to a 7-3 win in the opener and an 8-1 victory in the nightcap. Robinson Chirinos’ three-run double in the seventh inning was the biggest blow for Tennessee in...

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Johnson's blast, Hernandez' solid outing spark Bulls to sweep

Posted By on Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 10:20 PM

DBAP/DURHAM The Durham Bulls come into to tonight’s game sporting the best record in Triple-A Baseball, and they’re looking for a sweep of a Charlotte Knights team that has so far been pretty good against everybody else. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls infielder Elliot JohnsonIt’s the finale of a four-game, two-city series, in which the Bulls won both games in Charlotte in routs before taking a 6-5, 12-inning decision on Wednesday. Wednesday’s contest was the only one decided by fewer than five runs during the Bulls’ current six-game winning streak. The rains from Wednesday are gone, it’s 72 degrees at first...

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Scenes from a derby: Carolina Rollergirls vs. Montreal New Skids on the Block

Posted By on Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Indy contributor Arianna Hoffmann attended the Carolina Rollergirls' April 18 bout against a visiting squad from Montreal. The Dorton Arena clash was a rout, with Montreal winning 135-29. Look for a story about the Rollergirls in an upcoming issue of the Indy, and enjoy the photos in the meantime. —Ed....

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Durham Bulls edge Charlotte Knights in 12 innings: Small-ball ends a long day

Posted By on Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 7:00 AM

Virgil VasquezDBAP/DURHAM—Triangle Offense was forced to leave the DBAP during the 92-minute rain delay that made a long game longer. The game time of the the Bulls' 12-inning, 6-5 win over Charlotte was 3:36, but if you stayed all the way through, you spent five-plus hours at the ballpark. Circumstances forced me away with the score tied, 5-5, in the eighth inning, when the rains came. In extras, the bullpens fought an attrition war, and finally in the 12th inning the Knights were forced to go to Freddy Dolsi, whom the Bulls had pasted for six runs in 1 2/3...

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Johnson's bat, Rodriguez' arm spark Durham Bulls in another rout

Posted By on Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 3:12 PM

File photo by D.L. AndersonManager Charlie Montoyo carries Dan Johnson's helmet. Dan Johnson gave the Durham Bulls a jump start in the fourth inning as the International League’s hottest team routed the host Charlotte Knights for the second straight day. Johnson’s three-run homer broke a scoreless tie, sparking the Bulls to an 11-0 victory at Knights Stadium in the second of a four-game, two-city series. Johnson, who finished with three hits and four RBI, leads the IL with six homers. Ryan Shealy doubled and singled for four RBI for the Bulls, while Joe Dillon added a double and two singles...

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Mudcats dig a deep hole, can't climb out as Smokies roll on

Posted By on Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 2:28 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON It’s Game 2 of the Carolina Mudcats’ five-game home set with the Tennessee Smokies, and we’re getting started early. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats outfielder Sean Henry“Education day” games are at 11 a.m. Popular with the kids, anyway, since they get a day out of school. The weather is mostly sunny and inching toward warm. Carolina has dropped to third place in the Southern League’s North Division, three games behind the Smokies, and needs a win to get some momentum in the divisional race. Dallas Buck takes the mound for Carolina while Chris Carpenter goes...

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Chavez, Bulls pound on Charlotte in series opener

Posted By on Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 10:37 PM

File photo by D.L. AndersonAngel Chavez, of Panama, appeared in 10 games with the San Francisco Giants in 2005, hitting .263 in 19 at-bats in his only stint in the Major Leagues. Angel Chavez homered and singled for three RBI with three runs scored, leading the Durham Bulls to an 11-2 rout of the Charlotte Knights in the opener of a four-game, two-city series at Knights Stadium. Jose Lobaton had a double and two singles with an RBI for the Bulls, who pounded out 12 hits in the victory. Dan Johnson clubbed his fifth homer of the season for Durham,...

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Mudcats come up short late in a good, quick pitchers' duel

Posted By on Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 10:10 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats continue their homestand tonight, but this time against a new opponent. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMatt KlinkerThe guests are the Tennessee Smokies, the Chicago Cubs’ affiliate, which will square off with the Mudcats 20 times this season. Tennessee leads the Mudcats by two games in the Southern League’s North Division coming into the contest. Bill Dancy’s Smokies have a couple of in-state products on the team in first baseman Blake Lalli out of Gardner-Webb and pitcher Dustin Sasser from East Carolina. Matt Klinker will take the mound tonight for Carolina against hard-throwing...

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Durham Bulls' Jeremy Hellickson named International League Pitcher of the Week

Posted By on Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 12:00 PM

After last night's domination of the Norfolk Tides, whom he's now beaten twice already this season, Jeremy Hellickson (left) was named International League Pitcher of the Week. The Silent Cyclone also beat Gwinnett last week, allowing four hits and one run over 6 1/3 innings on Tuesday. By the way, Carlos Torres, who pitches for Charlotte against the Bulls today, won that award in the season's first week, albeit for just one start: six shutout innings at Gwinnett. The Norfolk Tides knocked Torres around a bit in his second outing....

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Jeremy Hellickson, Durham Bulls whip Norfolk Tides: The Silent Cyclone

Posted By on Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 3:00 AM

D.L. Anderson Jeremy Hellickson on the mound against Norfolk, April 18, 2010. DBAP/DURHAM—What was that pitch Durham Bulls' starter Jeremy Hellickson threw numerous times at the Norfolk Tides? It broke like a slider but wasn't as fast; it didn't have the fade of a changeup, nor the bend of a curveball. Well, it's a slurve, Hellickson told me after the game. It's sort of supposed to be his curveball, but he actually has two curveballs, one a drop-in bender that's designed to be a strike, the other a two-strike version that's supposed to sweep across the plate—he throws it harder...

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Alonso hits one out yonder, and Mudcats come back for an emotional win

Posted By on Sun, Apr 18, 2010 at 7:00 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats continue their opening homestand looking for some success against the Montgomery Biscuits, who are currently atop for Southern League’s South Division. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsEric EymannIt’s the finale of the five-game series against the Biscuits, Double-A affiliates of the Tampa Bay Rays, who are 3-1 so far in the set. The Mudcats are two games behind the Tennessee Smokies, who will arrive in Zebulon on Monday, in the North Division race. Today Carolina will send the Dutch lefty Alexander Smit to the mound against Jeremy Hall. It’s sunny, windy and cool...

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Mudcats get behind early, can't gobble up hot Biscuits

Posted By on Sat, Apr 17, 2010 at 10:19 PM

The Carolina Mudcats nearly recovered from a rough start to make a game of it, but wound up on the wrong end of a 5-3 loss to the Montgomery Biscuits.Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsYonder AlonsoThe result gave Montgomery three wins in their five-game series with only Sunday’s matchup remaining. Montgomery had a 4-0 lead through an inning and a half, with the biggest blow a three-run homer from Matt Fields off Daryl Thompson (0-1) with one out in the first. Fields was one of four Biscuits to finish with two hits each. Former Durham Bulls catcher Craig Albernaz...

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