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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Mitchell bites old team again as Jacksonville tops Mudcats

Posted By on Sat, Jul 31, 2010 at 10:24 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats are hosting the Jacksonville Suns in Game 4 of their most recent five-game series, and they’ll need a pair of wins to emerge victorious in the set. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats infielder Kris NegronThe Suns, winners of the first half in the Southern League’s South Division, are a game and a half out of their division lead while the Mudcats are three games out in the North. There’s no hole in the clouds in the sky, and there’s a light, steady rain but no tarp on the field at game time....

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D. Johnson's 30th blast helps Bulls to 10th straight victory

Posted By on Sat, Jul 31, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Dan Johnson hit his 30th homer of the season and the Durham Bulls won their 10th straight game, topping the host Pawtucket Red Sox 5-1 Saturday night in the opener of their four-game series. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls infielder Dan JohnsonElliot Johnson led the Bulls at the plate with three hits including a double for two RBI, while Chris Richard doubled and singled. Victor Vasquez (6-1) picked up the victory while Mark Holliman (0-3) took the loss. Pawtucket’s nine hits were all singles....

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Mudcats lose a tough one, Mesoraco gets a concussion

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 11:48 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON It’s Game 3 of yet another Carolina Mudcats series with the Jacksonville Suns, and so far the wins are at one apiece. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats catcher Chris DenoveBoth teams are in the thick of their second-half races, as the Mudcats are two games out of first in the Southern League’s North Division while first-half champion Jacksonville is 1½ out in the South. Tonight’s big promotion is mascot Muddy’s birthday, and his counterparts from the Carolina Hurricanes, Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Bobcats, Carolina Railhawks, N.C. State, Charlotte Knights, Winston-Salem Dash and WilsonTobs are in the...

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Bulls finish sweep for 15-game division lead

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 11:24 PM

The Durham Bulls are on an eight-game winning streak and have the largest lead in the standings of any team in Organized Baseball. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls infielder Chris RichardChris Richard and Justin Ruggiano led the charge with two doubles and a single for three RBI each, leading the Bulls to a 9-2 road win over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, a sweep of the four-game series and a 15-game lead in the International League’s South Division. Desmond Jennings added a pair of doubles in the Bulls’ 14-hit attack, helping Richard De Los Santos (10-5) to the victory. Drew Carpenter (7-7)...

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sappelt, Castro spark Mudcats in ninth to beat Jacksonville

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 10:51 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON It’s Game 2 of yet another series between the host Carolina Mudcats and the Jacksonville Suns, and once again it’s very important to both teams. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats infielder Jose CastroThe Mudcats are just two games out of first in the Southern League’s North Division, while the Suns — who won their division in the first half — are just half a game out in the South. It should be a pretty good pitchers’ duel, as Matt Fairel (5-3) takes the hill for the Mudcats against league victory leader Tom Koehler (12-2). And...

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Furmaniak's extra-inning double gives Bulls eighth straight

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 4:44 PM

J.J. Furmaniak’s 11th inning double gave the Durham Bulls their eighth straight victory, a 2-1 road win over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Thursday. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls infielder J.J. FurmaniakDarin Downs (3-1) was the winning pitcher while Brian Gordon (1-2) took the loss. The Bulls scored their only run in regulation in the sixth as Angel Chavez led off with a single, followed by bunt singles from Jose Lobaton and Fernando Perez and an RBI grounder from Desmond Jennings. John Mayberry’s homer in the ninth for Lehigh Valley sent the game into extra innings. The series finale is on...

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Martinez' big night lifts Jacksonville over Mudcats

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 11:15 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats return for the opener of a five-game home set against — surprise! — the Jacksonville Suns. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats infielder Mike CostanzoThe Southern League’s two easternmost squads aren’t even in the same division, but they’ll play each other 31 times this season. The Mudcats come in two games out of the lead in the North Division while the Suns — managed by former Mudcats infielder and N.C. State assistant coach Tim Leiper — are half a game out in the South after winning the first half. Fortunately for both teams...

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Bulls top host Lehigh Valley to win seventh straight

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 10:52 PM

Dan Johnson had two hits and an RBI for the Durham Bulls, leading them to a 3-2 road decision over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs that was their seventh straight victory. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls infielder Dan JohnsonMike Ekstrom (5-1) was the winning pitcher in relief, while Winston Abreu earned his 15th save. Mike Zagurski (1-2) took the loss. Joe Dillon was the only other Bull with two hits, while Elliot Johnson doubled. The Bulls won despite solo homers from Andy Tracy and Melvin Dorta, each of whom finished with two hits. Game 3 of the four-game set is Thursday morning....

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Russell debuts, Shipalane sparkles, but RailHawks drop another at home, 1-0

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Andy Mead/ YCJAllan Russell played 90 minutes and took three shots.WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—It was difficult for coach Martin Rennie to see the bright spots in Tuesday night’s 1-0 defeat to the Rochester Rhinos, both because the sky was gray and the ground was soaked and because his side dominated the play, but again fell victim to the WakeMed Park bugaboo. “There’s positives, but right now we have to learn from this quickly. We have to improve because we can’t be saying the same things after every home game,” Rennie said. “Ultimately, you’re never going to be a good team...

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Ruggiano's blast gives Bulls win at Lehigh Valley

Posted By on Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 10:37 PM

Justin Ruggiano’s three-run homer in the ninth provided the difference as the Durham Bulls got their road trip off on the right foot with a 5-3 win over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls outfielder Justin RuggianoJose Lobaton also homered during the Bulls’ ninth, helping R.J. Swindle (1-2) pick up the win and set up Winston Abreu’s 14th save. Scott Mathieson (3-4) took the loss. Elliot Johnson had three hits including a double for the Bulls, while Lobaton added two hits. Dominic Brown led Lehigh Valley with a triple and a single for two RBI. Game 2 of...

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Durham Bulls' 10-run first inning sweeps Syracuse Chiefs: Bulls Gwynn!

Posted By on Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 6:00 AM

photo courtesy of Durham Bulls24th-man Omar Luna is batting .367 as a BullDBAP/ DURHAM—The Hall of Fame player Tony Gwynn, one of the greatest hitters in the history of baseball, was in Durham last night on behalf of the US Air Force. So are you surprised to hear that the Bulls, in his honor, bombed the Syracuse Chiefs with a 10-run sortie in the first inning? Chiefs' starter Jason Jones, poor fella, surrendered eight straight hits to start the game, got two outs, added a walk, a double and a hit batter (Dan Johnson, who had hit his 29th homer...

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Eight-run second sparks Montgomery over Mudcats

Posted By on Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 11:29 PM

The Carolina Mudcats are taking a long bus ride home. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats outfielder Dave SappeltDrew Anderson, Leslie Anderson and Chris De La Cruz all homered off Mudcats ace Tom Cochran during an eight-run second inning, leading the Montgomery Biscuits to an 11-4 win over the Mudcats in the finale of their five-game series. The Mudcats will get Tuesday off before beginning a five-game home series against the Jacksonville Suns on Wednesday night. Drew Anderson finished with three hits including a double and two RBI. Justin Garcia (3-2) was the winning pitcher. Only two of the...

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Durham Bulls shut out Syracuse Chiefs for third straight win: Cutting it short

Posted By on Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 6:00 AM

Richard De Los Santos extended his scoreless streak to 12 innings last nightDBAP/ DURHAM—In the top of the seventh inning last night, strong winds suddenly began to gust across the DBAP from beyond the left-field wall. Papers and dust blew around. Heat lightning flashed in the distance. The Bulls were leading the Syracuse Chiefs, 3-0, but starter Richard De Los Santos, who had shut out the Chiefs to that point (extending his personal streak to 12 scoreless innings), had been lifted after reaching his newly-imposed six-inning limit, and Darin Downs was on in relief. Downs has had a rough go...

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Mudcats get easy win at Montgomery to take series

Posted By on Sun, Jul 25, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Felix Perez had three hits including a double and scored twice, leading the Carolina Mudcats to a 5-1 road win over the Montgomery Biscuits on Sunday. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Scott CarrollThe victory was Carolina’s third out of four games in the five-game set that ends Monday night, pulling the Mudcats to within half a game of first-place Tennessee in the Southern League’s North Division. Scott Carroll (3-5) was the winning pitcher, going six innings and allowing the run on four hits with four strikeouts against a pair of walks. Alex Cobb (4-4) took the loss....

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Montgomery's ninth-inning rally tops Mudcats

Posted By on Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 11:43 PM

Emeel Salem’s infield hit with one out in the ninth brought home the winning run for the Montgomery Biscuits in their 6-5 decision over the visiting Carolina Mudcats on Saturday night. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats outfielder Sean HenryThe win was the Biscuits’ first in three games in the current five-game series, giving the decision to Dane De La Rosa (7-2). Jerry Gil (3-5) took the loss. Leslie Anderson led Montgomery with a homer and two singles for two RBI. Sean Henry’s double and two singles with an RBI led the Mudcats....

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Hellickson on track as Bulls top Syracuse again

Posted By on Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 11:08 PM

DBAP/DURHAM It’s Game 2 of the Durham Bulls’ four-game home set with the Syracuse Chiefs, and once again conditions are going to be hot, hot, hot. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls pitcher Jeremy HellicksonThe Bulls won 5-4 on Friday night with an eighth-inning rally, leaving them nine games ahead of second-place Charlotte in the International League’s South Division. Syracuse comes in holding the wild-card spot and trails Scranton/Wilkes-Barre by three games in the North. Durham ace Jeremy Hellickson (11-3) is on the hill against Jeff Mandel (4-5). Former Bull Luis Ordaz is playing third for Syracuse tonight. The Bulls come up...

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Durham Bulls get up, fall down, get up again, beat Syracuse Chiefs: Don't try this at home

Posted By on Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 6:00 AM

www.bboymccoy.comBBoy McCoyDBAP/ DURHAM—It's obligatory for Bulls beat writers to make the occasional Bull Durham movie reference. After the Bulls lost a lead and then rallied to beat Syracuse last night, 5-4, the line that popped into my head was this one: "This is a simple game. You throw the ball. You hit the ball. You catch the ball." There are nights, though, when baseball seems almost unbelievably complicated and intricate. To underscore that, last night's between-inning entertainment was provided by a character named Breakin' BBoy McCoy, who updated 1980s pop-locking, electric boogie and other staples of the decade, all deployed...

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Fairel gets first career complete game as Mudcats roll

Posted By on Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 1:03 AM

Matt Fairel fired his first career complete game while Luis Terrero went 5-for-5 with a pair of doubles, leading the Carolina Mudcats to a 5-0 road win over the Montgomery Biscuits on Friday night. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Matt FairelThe start of the game was delayed an hour and 42 minutes by rain. The Mudcats remain a game behind the Tennessee Smokies in the Southern League's North Division. Fairel (5-3) won his fourth straight start, striking out five and walking just one in the four-hitter. Sean Henry and Jake Kahaulelio each homered in the Mudcats’ 12-hit...

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Durham Bulls rally to beat Columbus Clippers, earn series split: Out early, in late

Posted By on Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 6:00 AM

photo by Jeremy LangeHeath Phillips in action at the DAP on May 10DBAP/ DURHAM—Or, in the words of Bulls' manager Charlie Montoyo, still hoarse from the venting he did after his ejection on Tuesday night, "If you think you're in, you're out, and if you think you're out, you're in." So where does that leave the up-and-down Durham Bulls? After falling behind, 2-0, and then coming back late to grab a 4-2 win over Columbus last night, which made for a split of the four-game series against the International League's best team (by mere percentage points over the Bulls), the...

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Mudcats pour 18 hits on Montgomery in opener

Posted By on Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 11:52 PM

Luis Terrero and Dave Sappelt each had three hits including a double with three RBI, pacing an 18-hit attack as the Carolina Mudcats topped the host Montgomery Biscuits 11-6 on Thursday night. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats outfielder Dave SappeltJake Kahaulelio homered and singled while Kris Negron added a solo shot for the Mudcats, helping Travis Webb (5-6) pick up the victory in the opener of their five-game series. Devin Mesoraco had four hits for Carolina. Leslie Anderson homered and singled for the Biscuits. Jake McGee (2-6) was the losing pitcher....

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Davis remains coy on NCAA investigation, but coaches cut up at Pigskin Preview

Posted By on Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 7:35 PM

WASHINGTON DUKE INN/DURHAM Ruffin McNeill is heading into his first season as football coach at East Carolina. UNC coach Butch DavisAnd at his debut at the annual Pigskin Preview sponsored by the newly christened Bill Dooley Triangle/ East Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, McNeill said it’s been a “whirlwind” ever since he took the job. But at least for him, it has been a good whirlwind. “You think Ruffin would like to trade whirlwinds?” UNC coach Butch Davis quipped in front of the packed banquet hall, in which Duke coach David Cutcliffe, N.C. Central’s...

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Bulls battle back, but fall to Columbus in 12 long innings

Posted By on Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 12:02 AM

DBAP/DURHAM It’s Game 3 of the four-game series between the leaders of the International League’s South and West Divisions, and so far the competition has been very close. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls infielder Angel ChavezThe Durham Bulls and Columbus Clippers have split their first two games here as well as the season series overall, and unless there’s a monumental collapse on the part of one of them they’ll be meeting in the first round of the Governors’ Cup Playoffs in September. It’s warm but not overly hot in downtown Durham as Virgil Vasquez (4-1) takes the hill for the Bulls...

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Durham Bulls shut out Columbus to snap mini-skid: In late, out early

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 6:00 AM

photo courtesy of Durham BullsRichard De Los Santos led the Bulls to Tuesday's winDBAP/ DURHAM—I was sure it was Ernest Hemingway who gave writers the advice to "get in late and get out early," but it turns out to be either the playwright David Mamet or the anonymous wind Mamet received it from; it's one of those dicta that seems to have acquired the force of nature. Start your story (scene, etc.) somewhere in the middle, after the action has already gained momentum, and end it before the last "thing" happens. Better dramatic compression. Perhaps it's good that the source...

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sands' homer gives Chattanooga split with Mudcats

Posted By on Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Jerry Sands made sure his first series against his hometown Carolina Mudcats would be a memorable one. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Tom CochranThe Smithfield-Selma High alumnus ripped a solo homer in the sixth inning, giving Chattanooga the eventual winning run in a hot 3-2 result at Five County Stadium that gave the Lookouts a split of their four-game series. Jon Huber (2-1) was the winning pitcher in relief. Mudcats starter Tom Cochran (7-4) took the loss, going five innings and allowing two runs on two hits with four strikeouts against four walks. Felix Perez led Carolina...

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Slumping Durham Bulls begin homestand with another loss to Columbus Clippers

Posted By on Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 6:00 AM

DBAP/ DURHAM—When a team hits a slump, it generally isn't for just one reason, and no one wants to point fingers or make excuses. Asked an inevitable question, Jeremy Hellickson answered that no, his two-week break from pitching in anything but an exhibition (the Futures Game, part of the All-Star break pageant), for just two innings, had nothing to do with his poor outing last night. Nor was he interested in laying much blame on the toaster-sized strike zone of home plate umpire Derek Crabill, which helped along Hellickson's five-walk performance in a stint that lasted only 3 1/3 innings....

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