BY MICHAEL HAMMOND | Minor League Knocks
July 24, 2017 | Durham Bulls 12, Buffalo Bisons 3 | International League (AAA)
BUFFALO, N.Y. – The rain didn’t bother the Durham Bulls as they stormed to a 12-3 win over the Buffalo Bisons on Monday at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, New York.
With the rain coming down and all of the fans moving under the overhang to watch the game, the first five Durham batters came around to score in the first inning. Jake Bauers, Patrick Leonard, and Taylor Featherston each contributed RBI-singles and Casey Gillaspie brought home a run with a sac-fly as the Bulls took a quick 5-0 lead.
After Leonard singled and reached second on a throwing error, Mike Marjama smoked a ball over the left field fence to give Durham a 7-0 lead after the top of the third. Jon Berti cut into the lead with a two-run single in the bottom half to put the Bisons on the board for the first time.
In the top of the sixth, Buffalo pitcher, Wil Browning, walked the bases loaded. Johnny Field promptly unloaded the bases to score Jake Hager and Willy Adames while Bauers was thrown out at the plate for the final out of the inning.
Buffalo responded with a run of their own in the bottom half on a Rowdy Tellez sac-fly, but that would be all on the scoreboard for the Bisons, now trailing 9-3.
The Bulls didn’t stop their however. Gillaspie scored Leonard with a double and Hager scored Marjama with a sac-fly in the sixth. Marjama doubled home Bauers for his game-high third RBI in the seventh.
Buffalo was doomed by 12 strikeouts, including seven from Durham starter, Yonny Chirinos. Chirinos went 6.2 innings and gave up all three Bisons runs on five hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts.
Murphy Smith had a start the opposite of Chirinos, going three innings and giving up seven runs, six earned on eight hits, a walk, and a strikeout. Bison relievers didn’t have any better luck as Browning gave up a pair of runs and Andrew Case allowed three to score.
Durham picked up its 62nd win of the year, the third International League team to reach 62 wins. They command an 11.5 game lead over the Gwinnett Braves in the South Division and should be a lock for postseason play. Buffalo now sits at 43-59 and slot into fifth-place in the North Division, over 20 games back of the International League leading Scranton/Wilkes Barre Railriders (63-38).
Durham Bulls (62-39) 502 002 210 – 12 13 0
Buffalo Bisons (43-59) 002 001 000 – 3 7 2
7/24 Durham 12, Buffalo 3
7/25 Durham at Buffalo
7/26 Durham at Buffalo
7/27 Durham at Buffalo
Durham Bulls (TB)
#1 Willy Adames 1/2. 2B, 2 R, 3 BB, K .268/.363/.414, 7 HR, 42 RBI
#3 Casey Gillaspie 1/4, 2B, SF, 2 RBI .229/.297/.360, 9 HR, 44 RBI
#4 Jake Bauers 1/3, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB .277/.375/.426, 8 HR, 48 RBI
Buffalo Bisons (TOR)
#7 Rowdy Tellez 0/3, SF, RBI, 2 K .206/.275/.329, 6 HR, 40 RBI
It was Markdown Monday at Coca-Cola Field as all tickets were dropped to $11 and popcorn and ice cream prices were dropped to $1 each.
Durham Bulls at Buffalo Bisons on 7/25.