After a Tuesday night rainout, the Mudcats (3-8 in the half) will take on the Lynchburg Hillcats in the finale of their scheduled three-game series. (Tuesday’s contest will be made up on Aug. 21).
It’s the first of three straight home games that will be followed by fireworks to celebrate Independence Day.
Michael Peoples (0-4, 5.87) will go for the Mudcats tonight against Jarrett Miller (5-5, 4.08) after a 31-minute rain delay.
The Mudcats recover from losing a three-run lead and win it in the eighth inning, prevailing 5-4 in a rare win over the Lynchburgers.
Amid threatening weather conditions in rained soaked Durham on Tuesday, 2,537 dedicated fans showed up at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park—for Bulls fans, it was worth the wet conditions as the team won in dramatic fashion.
Left-fielder Leslie Anderson ended the contest after a walk-off single to center field, scoring pinch runner Tim Beckham for 6-5 victory, and 3-1 series win, over the Columbus Clippers.
“It was good to see our offense come back and win that game,” manager Charlie Montoyo said. “We haven’t had a walk-off in a while. It always gets the team going.”
Much of the hype surrounding the game was Clippers starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-4), a former 18
game winner, for the Boston Red Sox, in the majors.
Matsuzaka or “Dice-K” went five innings giving up seven hits, five runs three walks and struck out three batters.
For the Bulls, right-handed starter Merrill Kelly (2-0) took the mound but didn’t earn a decision in the victory. The 24-year-old righty went six innings, gave up two runs on four hits, walked three batters and fanned four.
“Since I’ve been up here I’ve just slowed the game down as much as possible and take one pitch at a time,” Kelly said. “I feel like for the first five innings tonight I was kind of rushing and getting ahead of myself, but I was able to calm down there towards the end and finish it off.”
From the opening frame the Bulls looked in control, even from the opening at bat. Newcomer, and outfielder, Evan
Frey recorded a single, his first hit as a Bull.
According to Montoyo, Frey will be leading off “a lot” for the team.
In what has the potential to be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle, the Blue Devils will host the Huskies on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. in a game to be shown on ESPN.
The Purdue game is on Dec. 5. The Blue Devils will host several other big-name opponents in Alabama, Vanderbilt and Old Dominion.
“We are really, really excited for our 2013 non-conference schedule,” Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie, whose team went 33-3 and made the NCAA Elite Eight for the fourth straight season in 2013, said in a release from the school. “Without a doubt this is the most difficult schedule that we’ve faced in the six years I’ve been at Duke — relative to the start, middle and finish. …
“It’s a great time to be a part of women’s basketball at Duke. It’s a special time with the expansion of the conference. We are looking forward to trying to take full advantage of those great competitors in every game we play.”
The Oklahoma City ownership group is led by Tim McLaughlin, Vice President and general partner of AdvancePierre Foods. McLaughlin previously spearheaded the investment group behind Oklahoma City FC, a USL PDL club that began play this season. In addition to his corporate presence, McLaughlin is also involved with Fields and Futures, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit campaign organized to help renovate and upgrade Oklahoma City Schools’ athletic fields.
The group is partnering with Sold Out Strategies, a sport marketing and management agency in Oklahoma City. Brad Lund, a sports marketing agent and former minor league hockey executive for the Oklahoma City Blazers, is Sold Out Strategies’ managing partner.
Last month, NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson confirmed to Triangle Offense that the league was in negotiations with an Oklahoma City investment group. On June 17, the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board awarded the group a two-year lease for use of the renovated Taft Stadium for a potential NASL expansion franchise.