Bulls Making News as Regular Season Kicks Off

Durham Bulls Bulls Season Ends:
Price Announced as Game One Starter
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David Price
Durham Bulls Pitcher David Price will lead off on the mound as the Bulls begin post-season play on Wednesday.

As the Bulls finished out the regular season on Monday, September 1, 2008, with a matinee against Charlotte, the team has announced LHP David Price will take the mound for the Bulls in Game One of the Governors’ Cup Playoffs against the Louisville Bats on Wednesday, September 3rd at Louisville Slugger Field in Kentucky. Price, the top prospect in minor league baseball according to Baseball America, will face LHP Matt Maloney in the opener.

Price, who came to Durham on August 11th with an 11-0 record between Vero Beach and Montgomery, has struggled a bit in Triple-A going 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four starts though he has struck out 17 batters in 18 innings of work. In his last start on August 28th against Norfolk he pitched five innings allowing two runs on four hits while striking out five.

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Maloney posted an 11-5 record in the regular season but has struggled a bit in his last three starts, allowing 19 runs on 29 hits in 17.1 innings of work. He started against Durham on August 19th allowing seven runs on 10 hits in 6.2 innings of work.

Game Two will feature RHP Mitch Talbot (13-9, 3.86) for the Bulls against former Cincinnati Reds Top Prospect Homer Bailey (4-7. 4.77). 2004

1st Round Draft Pick Jeff Niemann (9-5, 3.59) takes the hill for the Bulls when the series returns to Durham for Game Three. He’ll face Louisville’s ace Adam Pettyjohn (15-6, 4.59) that Friday night.

RHP Wade Davis (4-2 2.72) is scheduled to start for Durham on Saturday in Game Four against Bats LHP Bobby Livingston (4-3, 5.22) if necessary. Neither team has announced a starter for Game Five.

Tickets for the final three games of the series at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on September 5-7 are available by phone at (919) 956-BULL or online at www.durhambulls.com.

Thanks to DBBC’s Matt DeMargel for this capcom story & photo.

Bulls’ Outfielder Makes Sportscenter
Durham Bulls Outfielder Fernando Perez got the crowd hopping during one of the Bulls’ final season games on Friday, August 29th.  Perez charged home on a passed ball, evading his tag twice before falling on home plate.  Although the Bulls fell to the Charlotte Knights that evening, 5-7, the play was the #2 Play on ESPN’s Sportscenter’s Top 10 Plays.

Perez was called up to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays two days later to make him eligible for postseason play with the parent team in the ballclub.

 

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