Rays MLN: Durham Still Reeling

The Durham Bulls losing streak now stands at 8 games after the club lost both games of a double-header to Pawtucket on Monday night. The team could surely use some home-cookin' as the team is 1-11 on their current 14-game road trip. 1B/OF Leslie Anderson, who led the organization in hitting going into play on Sunday, also saw his 25 game on-base streak snapped with a pair of 0-for-3 games.

Bulls Miserable Road Trip Continues

The Durham Bulls continue to endure a brutal road trip as they dropped both games of Monday's doubleheader with the Pawtucket Pawsox by scores of 2-0 and 7-1. The club has not won since last Sunday against Gwinnett and has been outscored on their road swing 84 to 38.

It would be easy to point the finger at the starting staff, as the Bulls, whose record now stands at 6-13, were supposed to be a team that showcased strong starting pitching. However, with the exception of Alex Cobb, that simply hasn't been the case.

Going into play last night, Durham relievers had thrown 42.2 innings compared to 38.1 by the starters on the road trip and the last win by a starter was on 4/11 by Alex Torres. Additionally, only three times in the last 12 games has a Bulls starter lasted past the fourth inning.

Durham is dead last in the International League in runs allowed so far with 108 and their league-worst team ERA of 6.04 is nearly a run worse than Louisville's 5.15. All of this after the Bulls rotation looked incredible the first time through the rotation and the team started the year 5-2. It's simply been a terrible stretch of pitching for Durham.

The pitching certainly hasn't been good, but it is hardly the only reason the Bulls have been losing. While the club is in the middle-of-the-pack in the International League in hitting (.253) and runs scored (73), the team has only 6 home runs through 19 contests and is second-to-last in doubles with 23.

The squad hasn't proven to be a team with a lot of pop thus far. With the starters struggling so frequently, it has become a necessity for the lineup to have the ability to get back into games quickly and that simply hasn't happened.

Leslie Anderson On Base Streak Snapped

Going into last night's twinbill, 1B/OF Leslie Anderson had reached base in 25 consecutive games dating back to August 25th of last year. Anderson, who has been serving as Durham's primary DH, went 0-for-3 in both contests, but still leads the team in average with a .344 mark.

During Anderson's streak he hit .340 (32-for-94), with 6 doubles, 4 RBI and 9 walks.

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