Matsui gets it done, gives Bulls game-winning hit in 10th | Sports
Sports
INDY Week's sports blog

Archives | RSS | Follow on | Add on  

Monday, May 21, 2012

Matsui gets it done, gives Bulls game-winning hit in 10th

Posted by on Mon, May 21, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Bulls outfielder Hideki Matsui

DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK The Durham Bulls will try to keep the home cooking going tonight, as they’ve won three of their last four at DBAP and are 13-10 in Durham this season.

And despite the dropoff in attendance that’s certain to occur over the early weekdays, “Matsui mania” is still alive and well. Japanese slugger Hideki Matsui will be in his seventh game as a Bull after going 1-for-3 with a sac fly and a mad dash from first to score a run on Sunday against the Charlotte Knights..

Matsui’s entourage of 35 Japanese media is still in the house, and will be remaining as long as the one nicknamed “Godzilla” is still on the Bulls roster. He’s hitting .143 with three RBI but is still seeking his first homer for Durham.

Meanwhile the Knights roster has plenty of familiar faces, as Duke alum Jim Gallagher and former Bulls Hector Gimenez, Dan Johnson and Ray Olmedo are all in the lineup tonight.

The Bulls will send Lance Pendleton (1-1, 4.15) to the hill against Charlotte’s Charlie Leesman (3-4, 2.59).

Matsui gets his biggest hit as a Bull, driving home the winner with one out in the 10th as Durham prevails 3-2 in 10 innings.

Charlotte takes a 1-0 lead in the third as Gallagher walks and later scores on Dallas McPherson’s bases-loaded grounder to first.

The Bulls tie it in the fifth off Deunte Heath. Juan Miranda walks, then goes third when Cole Figueroa hits a bouncer to the mound and Heath fires the ball into center field. Jesus Feliciano’s one-out fly ball to left scores Miranda.

The Bulls score a go-ahead run in the eighth. With one out, Feliciano walks and takes second on Matt Mangini’s single to left center. Leslie Anderson then hit a grounder to second, with Mangini out before shortstop Olmedo fires the ball into the Bulls’ dugout to score Feliciano.

Charlotte ties it in the ninth off Brandon Gomes, as Jimenez walks with one out and scores on Jordan Danks’ double to right center.

Then the magic happens in the 10th. With Anthony Carter on the mound Feliciano doubles to right. After Mangini draws an intentional walk, Matsui comes up with one out and lines a solid single into right to score the speedy Feliciano.

Pendleton gets the quality start in the no-decision, going six innings and allowing one run on four hits with four strikeouts against three walks. Brandon Gomes (2-0) gets the victory along with the blown save.

In Bulls transactions Monday, the Tampa Bay Rays designated pitcher John Gaub for assignment and sent catcher Jose Lobaton to Durham on major league rehab.

They said it …
Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo: “It was almost like perfect timing, and that was a beautiful line drive that he hit, yeah. I had that feeling and you’ve got to have some feelings in the game. After they walked Mangini, I figured with Anderson and Matsui coming up I liked our chances. Our pitching was great. Every time we win it seems like we got good pitching. We’re playing good, and it’s all because the pitching is giving us a chance. And Feliciano needs ink. That guy makes things happen.”

Matsui: “Given the circumstances we were in, I’m just happy I was able to get the hit and help the team win. Whenever one is in a situation like that, there’s sort of a natural excitement that raises you up. There’s a lot of young talent and a lot of potential. I’m honored to be part of this group here. Everybody has been really great. There are a bunch of good guys here.”

Pendleton: “I was in a better rhythm. My last outing wasn’t so good with six walks. I was happy to limit the damage in a couple of outings and tonight was better. Matsui has energized us just a little bit in a sense – not that he’s a big talker, but he’s a big leaguer and he’s down here with us in the trenches trying to get better. Having a real big leaguer on the team is fun.”

What does it all mean?
That the Bulls are on a roll at home and that maybe Matsui got the hit that gets his momentum going.

Stars of the game
1. Matsui.
2. Feliciano.
3. Pendleton.

Play of the game
Matsui’s game-winning hit.

Streaks
Bulls: Won 2.
Charlotte: Lost 2.

Season series

Knights lead 6-3.

On deck
Bulls (Jim Paduch 2-1, 2.74) vs. Charlotte (Terry Doyle 2-3, 3.66), Tuesday, 1:05 p.m.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Pin It

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Sports



Twitter Activity

Most Recent Comments

This was a great read until we got to the World Cup part (who knows or cares, this is America) …

by ProudlyUnaffiliated on A short history of the Dutch in South Africa, 1652-2010 (Sports)

what i gonna to do is to be my hero and be awesome, just like them, cannot change history and …

by heartnecklace on A short history of the Dutch in South Africa, 1652-2010 (Sports)

wwe is too violate, if some can fix it that will be okay.

by heartnecklace on Should North Carolina State try to suplex the WWE? (Sports)

I find myself not caring about any of this. Amazing how such a "strong, proud, powerful people" could lose the …

by 10yearwalk on A short history of the Dutch in South Africa, 1652-2010 (Sports)

Gaffe-r is right...he f8cks up all the time. "A lot of success over the last 3 years"....less smoke blows out …

by DonGarbageBlows on Colin Clarke returns as head coach of Carolina RailHawks (Sports)

Comments

This was a great read until we got to the World Cup part (who knows or cares, this is America) …

by ProudlyUnaffiliated on A short history of the Dutch in South Africa, 1652-2010 (Sports)

what i gonna to do is to be my hero and be awesome, just like them, cannot change history and …

by heartnecklace on A short history of the Dutch in South Africa, 1652-2010 (Sports)

Most Read

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

© 2016 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation