DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK The Durham Bulls come into the finale of their homestand looking for a split of their four-game set with the Columbus Clippers.
The Bulls are coming off back-to-back losses, having dropped a 3-0 decision on Wednesday night after falling 2-1 in 10 innings on Tuesday.
Matt Torra (5-5, 4.97) will go against Clippers lefty David Huff (5-5, 4.97) in front of a big crowd on a warm evening.
The bats are back, as Chris Gimenez homers twice with five RBI and everyone in the lineup hits safely in a 12-2 romp.
DBAP/Durham-Tonight's first pitch was at 7:22pm, seventeen minutes late, for a game with the Columbus Clippers. A massive thunderstorm was making its way through north Durham and into Wake County. Radar cells were popping up everywhere. Nobody knew if tonight's game would happen.
But the game actually filled a full nine innings in an appropriate time frame, despite the delayed start.
Does Cheerwine come in champagne bottles?
It also shows a hockey franchise making every effort to run with the big boys.
The 2010-2011 Calder Trophy winner will pocket $4,350,000 in the 2013-14 season and then $6 million per season through 2018-19. He has one year remaining on his current entry-level deal that will pay him $900,000 this coming season.
Nice raise, Jeff.
“It’s nice to be a part of the organization for even longer,” Skinner said in a conference call with media this afternoon. “Obviously I’m very grateful to them for selecting me in the draft and, today, for showing the confidence to have me around long-term.”
DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK It’s Game 2 of the Durham Bulls’ four-game set with the Columbus Clippers, and the Bulls are looking to continue a solid homestand.
The Bulls remain in third place in the International League’s South Division, trailing the first-place Charlotte Knights by 10 games with 26 left in the season.
There’s a local guy on the mound tonight, as Clayton High alum Chris Archer (6-8, 4.15) will go against southpaw Eric Berger (2-4, 5.16).
Tonight the Clippers are just a little better, winning 2-1 in 10 innings.
Durham/DBAP - Last night’s game between the Durham Bulls and the Columbus Clippers was delayed by thirty-three minutes due to rain. First pitch ended up being at 7:38. Sprinkles of rain were on and off for the first three and a half innings.
I’m no meteorologist, but the weather is changing this week: The expected high temperatures over the next five days are in the low eighties. Whatever dynamics are in play, the variety of clouds over the DBAP tonight, before darkness fell, was astonishing.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), cloud classifications can be listed as such below (I remember studying this in middle school or junior high science class, but I had to consult NOAA’s website to make sure I got it right):
DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK It’s the finale of the four-game series with the rival Gwinnett Braves, and the Bulls are going for a sweep.
Today is “Negro League Night” (sic; there is actually a 5:05 start, making it a day game.) The teams will appear in classic replica uniforms of teams of the Negro American and Negro National League, giving the appearance of an all-star game.
Cesar Ramos (4-3, 2.17) will take on Gwinnett’s Sean Gilmartin (0-1, 3.86) in a battle of lefties.
The sweep of four close games doesn’t happen, as the Braves get to Dane De La Rosa for three in the ninth and win 6-4.
Coming into Saturday evening’s match against the Tampa Bay Rowdies, the Carolina RailHawks had played to six draws this season (alongside the same devilish number of wins and losses). Two of the first three came on the road against Minnesota and Tampa Bay, each games in which the RailHawks were thoroughly outplayed yet managed to eke out a point—bittersweet results, but also causes for optimism. On May 19, a draw with the then league-leading Puerto Rico Islanders snapped a two-game losing streak for the RailHawks and served as the springboard into Carolina’s ballyhooed U.S. Open Cup run. And, when Carolina scored two goals in the final five minutes to tie the Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3-3 on July 7, the result sent RailHawks fans into happy hysterics.
On the other hand, when Carolina surrendered two-goal advantages—the most dangerous lead in soccer, as the saying goes—at home on April 14 against the lowly Atlanta Silverbacks and again on May 2 against Fort Lauderdale, the outcome felt more like a loss to players and partisans alike.
Unfortunately for the RailHawks, history repeated itself Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park. For the third time this year, Carolina gave up a two-goal lead at home. And this time, it was the visitors who netted two scores in the final five-plus minutes to draw 3-3 with the RailHawks.
DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK It’s Game 2 of the Bulls’ four-game home series with the rival Gwinnett Braves, and Durham has a chance to escape the cellar-dwelling visitors.
Evan Longoria will continue his rehab stint as the Bulls’ designated hitter. And the pitching staff will try to continue its recent successes, having tossed back-to-back shutouts for the first time since April 13-14, 2008.
Alex Colome makes his Bulls debut on the hill while Miguel Batista (1-0, 3.60) goes for Gwinnett.
And the Bulls keep their winning ways going, holding on for a 5-3 victory.
DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK The Durham Bulls return home to start their penultimate homestand of the season, taking on their old rival Gwinnett Braves.
Of particular interest is the continuing rehab stint of Evan Longoria, who is playing his first home game for the Bulls since Sept. 1, 2009. Longoria is 3-for-17 in six games for Durham this season.
Chris Archer (5-8, 4.43) will pitch for the Bulls tonight against southpaw Yohan Flande (5-7, 4.17).
It’s a stellar pitchers’ duel throughout, and Archer picks up the win as the Bulls collect their second straight 1-0 victory.