The Durham Bulls are champions again. And after a post-season full of edgy, heart-pounding, run-starved games, the best team in the International League finally made it look easy.
“That had to be one of the best games ever seen in the playoffs,” Durham Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo declared after his team scored the night’s only runs in the top of the 14th inning to beat the Pawtucket Red Sox 2-0 in game three of the Governors’ Cup championship series.
The Durham Bulls capped their final home appearance of the season with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Pawtucket Red Sox Wednesday, evening their best-of-5 Governors’ Cup series at one game apiece.
The Durham Bulls got the pitching they needed to hold the Pawtucket Red Sox scoreless through seven innings, but now they face needing to win a pair of games on the road to claim the Governors’ Cup championship after a 2-1 loss in Tuesday night’s series opener at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
To determine who has an advantage in postseason play, Durham Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo looks no further than 60 feet, six inches from home plate. “Pitching is the name of the game,” Monotyo said. “If our starters are going to keep going six or seven innings, that’s pretty good.”
The battle for the International League championship comes down to two franchises familiar with the prize — the Governor’s Cup. The Pawtucket Red Sox, the 2012 league champions, face the Durham Bulls, who are aiming for their fourth Governor’s Cup win in the past 12 seasons, in a best-of-five series that begins today at Durham Bulls Athletic Park (7:05 p.m., Time Warner Cable 151, Me-TV 50.2).
Durham third baseman Cole Figueroa had a feeling the final out was going to come his way. That was just fine with him.
The Durham Bulls put the Indianapolis Indians on the brink of elimination with a 6-5 win Thursday night in the second game of their best-of-five Governors’ Cup Playoff semifinals at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. J.D. Martin cruised early before the International League South champs had to survive a late scare in the ninth to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
RBI singles by Tim Beckham and Vince Belnome in the bottom of the eighth snap 0-0 tie in Governor's Cup playoff opener between IL-South champion Durham and IL-West champ Indianapolis. Kirby Yates survives shaky ninth, loading bases before getting game-ending out in 2-0 win to pick up save. Game 2 of best of five series is tonight at 7:05 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The International League playoffs are back at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. After the Durham Bulls missed the postseason a year ago in what’s become a rare occurrence, the team won the International League South Division for the sixth time in the past seven seasons this summer.
By now, watching Charlie Montoyo pilot the Durham Bulls into the International League playoffs surprises no one. The Bulls, who face Indianapolis today (7:05 p.m.) at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in game one of a best-of-five league semifinal series, are in the postseason as the IL South Division champions for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.
Jason Bourgeois singled home Kevin Kiermaier with the only run of the game in the 10th inning to lift the Durham Bulls past the Norfolk Tides 1-0 Monday at Harbor Park.
Norfolk relief ace Jairo Asencio stranded the potential tying run at third base in the top of the ninth as the Tides downed Durham 3-2 in the rain-delayed third game of a four-game set at Harbor Park.
The Durham Bulls scheduled 6:05 p.m. game Sunday at the Norfolk Tides was delayed about two hours by rain. It began at around 8 p.m.