DURHAM — 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.
Hes good, and hes going to be the next MLB star, Fary said.
When I come back, Ill visit the area restaurants and shops, but tonight its 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. Its always a thriller.
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EKazmar, Lueke, Lee. LOBGwinnett 7, Durham 7. SBCunningham 1 (1), Constanza 1 (1), Lee 1 (4).
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Russell pitched to four batters in the ninth.