The Bulls and Bisons were tied in the top of the eighth inning last night, 3-3. With one out, Leslie Anderson doubled to the left-field wall off of Bisons reliever John Stilson, who has previously appeared in a supporting role in Bull City Summer. Durham closer Kirby Yates, the Bulls’ most reliable reliever this year, started warming up in the bullpen. If the Bulls took the lead, he’d come in for a two-inning save.
In each of their last two games during the recent home stand, the Bulls scored their final run of the game in the fifth inning. On Wednesday, Vince Belnome’s two-run homer in that inning extended the Bulls’ lead to 3-0, and they hung on to win, 3-2. On Thursday, Ryan Roberts knocked in Brandon Guyer with a fifth-inning single, making the score 2-0, and the Bulls again allowed Louisville to narrow the margin before winning again by a run, 2-1.
You’d expect the army of Labs adorned with bandanas, cool as Wil Myers flying first class to Tampa. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen? Not so much.
But a defining element of this year’s “Bark in the Park” at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park was the sheer canine diversity of it all. You had your Labs, of course, and more mutts than you could shake a stick at, but also a hundred-pound Newfoundland named Bigley, whose laid-back demeanor attracted kids and their camera-carrying parents by the score.
Vince Belnome at play earlier this season. Photo by Leah Sobsey.
Quickly here, from the friendly confines (?) of Charlotte Douglas Airport while I wait for a connection to Buffalo. I’ll take in the Bulls’ four-game series against the Bisons there, and then continue on to Allentown, Pennsylvania to watch the Bulls take on the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
The Bulls edged Louisville by a run last night, 2-1, their second straight one-run win over the Bats, and completed a 6-2 home stand.
Wil Myers, pre-call-up. Photo by Elizabeth Matheson.
This afternoon, Kate Joyce and Adam Sobsey spoke with host Frank Stasio on WUNC 91.5’s The State of Things about Wil Myers’ departure and the progress of the Bull City Summer project. If you missed the interview, you can listen to it here.
First things first, Bulls fans: Today, photographer Kate Joyce and I will be making Bull City Summer’s monthly appearance (so to speak) on WUNC’s The State of Things at noon, i.e. very soon! It’s 91.5 if you’d like to tune in. We’ll be talking with host Frank Stasio about our project and, especially, Wil Myers. (“When are we gonna stop talking about Wil Myers?” Charlie Montoyo quipped, laughing, after I asked him about the departed demigod following last night’s game.
A new development: oversize cardboard cutouts of Wil Myers face, like the kind fans wave at basketball games (random example), are affixed to the walls of the Durham Bulls’ clubhouse in several places. You glimpse them in the entrance to the player lounge, in the trainer’s room with the door ajar, places like that. Myers was promoted to the major leagues on Sunday, as every baseball fan in America knows.