Bulls 2, Braves 1

Durham Bulls take home opener over Braves on late hit

CorrespondentApril 9, 2013 

— Bryan Fary and Rodney Dabbs were making their first trip to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, for a game which the Bulls won 2-1. The Thomasville residents were in town Monday night for one reason: To see their neighbor and “future major league baseball star” Wil Myers.

Fary lives next door to Myers and both attend the same church. Myers was part of a seven-player trade deal from the Kansas City Royals on Dec. 9. He is only the third player to win the Baseball America, USA Today and Topps minor league player of the year awards in the same season.

“He’s good, and he’s going to be the next MLB star,” Fary said.

“When I come back, I’ll visit the area restaurants and shops, but tonight it’s just about baseball and Wil.”

After a four-game road trip to open the season, the Bulls returned home for a weeklong homestand. The division rival Gwinnett Braves came to town Monday, and the teams gave fans a home-opening thriller.

Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the ninth inning, Myers, who had gone hitless in his first two at-bats, started the rally with a single to center field. Designated hitter Leslie Anderson then singled Myers to third before Chris Gimenez was walked to load the bases.

Brandon Guyer hit a grounder that got past the Gwinnett shortstop to score Myers and pinch-runner Jason Bourgeois for the win.

“Our games are always the same – close,” Bulls coach Charlie Montoyo said. “Whoever makes the error wins the game. We made an error in the top of the ninth to give them the lead and then they made the error to give us the win. It’s always a thriller.”

GwinnettAbrhbi
Constanza lf4010
Pastornicky 2b4000
Terdoslavich dh4000
Mejia 1b3000
Parraz rf3000
Wimberly pr0100
Cunningham cf4020
Leonard 3b3000
Pagnozzi c3010
Kazmar ss3000
Totals31140

DurhamAbrhbi
Thompson cf4000
Fontenot 3b4000
Myers rf4110
Anderson dh3010
Bourgeois pr, dh0100
Gimenez c3000
Guyer lf4000
Figueroa 2b3010
Belnome 1b2010
Lee ss1000
Totals28240

Gwinnett000000001---141
Durham000000002---242

E—Kazmar, Lueke, Lee. LOB–Gwinnett 7, Durham 7. SB—Cunningham 1 (1), Constanza 1 (1), Lee 1 (4).

GwinnettIPHRERBBSO
Poveda610024
Flande 210013
Russell (L, 0-1)022010

DurhamIPHRERBBSO
Odorizzi62/340028
Liberatore11/300000
Lueke (W, 1-0)101012

Russell pitched to four batters in the ninth.

 T—2:37. A—8,035.

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