Durham Bulls head to Indianapolis up 2-0 in playoff series

CorrespondentSeptember 5, 2013 

— The Durham Bulls held off a late rally by Indianapolis to take a 2-0 lead in the first round of the Governor’s Cup Playoffs.

After building a 5-0 lead, the Bulls held on for a 6-5 win Thursday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Closer Kirby Yates was credited with the save after entering the game in the ninth inning and striking out three of four batters. The Bulls need to win just one of the remaining three games in Indianapolis to take the best-of-five series.

“That would have given them a whole lot of momentum with the win,” Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo said.

The Bulls were seeking their second straight playoff shutout after Wednesday’s 2-0 win – their first since Sept. 3, 2008 – but Indians right fielder Jerry Sands scratched that idea with a two-run homer in the top of the seventh.

An Indianapolis error in the bottom of the inning helped the Bulls add to their lead.

Kevin Kiermaier was called safe at first after first baseman Matt Hague dropped the ball. Craig Albernaz’s sacrifice advanced him to second. After Tim Beckham struck out, Cole Figueroa sent him home on an RBI single for a 6-2 lead. That turned out to be the winning run.

Pitcher Steve Geltz relieved starter J.D. Martin at the top of the ninth but gave up Jerry Sands’ three-run home run that pulled the Indians to 6-5. Yates relieved Geltz and closed out the win.

Martin lived up to his International League pitcher of the year billing by allowing two runs on eight hits, no walks and three shutouts for his sixth straight decision. His 17th win set a Bulls Triple-A season record.

“JD was awesome again tonight,” Montoyo said. “He’s just had a great year.”

Thursday’s box score

d’Arnaud dh5010
Andino ss5010
Polanco cf4000
Hague 1b4000
Goedert 3b4230
Canzler lf3110
Sands rf4235
Paulino c3010
De Jesus ph0000
Bocock 2b3000
Carroll ph1000

Beckham ss4110
Figueroa 3b4122
Bourgeois rf-lf4120
Belnome 1b3112
Anderson lf4112
Frey rf0000
Roberts 2b4000
Fontenot dh4000
Kiermaier cf1100
Albernaz c1000


E — Andino, Hague. DP–Indianapolis 2, Durham 1. LOB–Indianapolis 6, Durham 4. 2B–Canzler, Goedert 2, Beckham, Figueroa, Belnome. 3B–d’Arnaud. HR—Sands 2 (2), Anderson. SB–Kiermaier (1).

Godfrey (L, 0-1)044400
Brown 311120

Martin (W, 1-0)882203
Yates (S, 2)100013

Godfrey pitched to 4 batters in the 1st.

Geltz pitched to 3 batters in the 9th.

WP-McDonald, Martin, Geltz.

T-2:51. A-3,916.

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