What in the world is going on with the Durham Bulls?
They are 6-18, have lost 13 straight games and were victimized by a three-pitcher no-hitter Sunday in a 2-0 loss to Indianapolis! Remember, this is about the most dominant team in the International League in recent years.
Durham has won 10 IL South titles since 1998, including five in a row, and three Governors' Cups (2002 over the Bisons, 2003 and 2009). The Bulls were certainly hoping to win another this year and get to the Triple-A National Championship Game, which they will be hosting in September for the first time.
Looks like that's not going to happen. It appears all those great Tampa Bay pitching prospects are finally in the big leagues and the well has run dry. The Bulls have the worst pitching in the IL with a 5.91 ERA and are already 11 games out of first place with the calendar still in April.
They opened the season with seven games at home and went 5-2. Everything seemed normal. Then they embarked on a 14-game road trip and the horns fell off the Bull with a 1-13 record that saw losses in the final 10 games. The team ERA on the trip was a ghastly 7.60.
The collapse continued when they got home. They're dropped three straight to Indianapolis. They were demolished, 13-2, on Friday and blanked, 2-0, on Saturday. Then came the low moment Sunday, the first no-hitter against the Bulls ever at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Feel bad for three-year Buffalo outfielder Jesus Feliciano, who signed with Tampa over the winter and is now stuck with a team as bad as the '09 outfit in Buffalo. Feliciano is batting .273.
(The Bisons, by the way, play all eight of their games against Durham in a 12-game stretch that doesn't begin until June 22. Too bad the Herd can't get the Bulls now when they're cold. Instead, they'll play eight in May against red-hot Gwinnett).
Durham's Reid Brignac, who has had stints in Tampa, made the last out of the no-no on a slow roller to second base. Watch the video below.