Durham County

Need last-minute plans? Catch the Durham Bulls and help hurricane victims.

The Durham Bulls will take on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in Game 2 of the Governor’s Cup championship series. It will be the last home game of the season for the Bulls, who also are raising funds to help relief efforts for victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
The Durham Bulls will take on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in Game 2 of the Governor’s Cup championship series. It will be the last home game of the season for the Bulls, who also are raising funds to help relief efforts for victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Brian Fleming

If you're a Durham Bulls fans, you can watch the team and help with relief efforts for hurricanes Harvey and Irma at the same time.

The Bulls will play their final home game of the season tonight and the team has pledged $1 for every ticket sold to go for hurricane relief efforts in Texas and Florida.

They're taking on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (6:35 p.m., WDNC-AM 620) in Game 2 of the Governor's Cup championship series. They won Game 1 6-0 win Tuesday night. After tonight, the series shifts to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for the remaining games.

Bulls general manager Mike Birling said helping with relief efforts was a part of the team's community mission.

"We're always trying to ingrain ourselves in the community and that has always been a big part of minor league baseball," Birling said. "Our goal is to work with Minor League Baseball to make sure whatever funds we do raise get in their proper places."

There were almost 2,000 fans at Tuesday's game which also saw an hour-long rain delay. With better weather expected, Birling said he hoped for a crowd closer to 4,000 tonight. Capacity at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park is about 10,000 and the Bulls closed out the regular season with four near sellouts, according to Birling.

"Last night was a little bit less than what we had normally planned but obviously the weather had a huge impact on that," Birling said. "You know tonight's attendance I assume we're probably going to be close to 4,000 which is kind of more normal for us for a playoff crowd."

Tickets are $15 and include an all-you-can-eat concessions menu.

The Bulls reached the championship series despite having eight players called up to the Tampa Bay Rays on Sept. 1.

"We've been fortunate all year," Birling said. "We've had just a very good team here. Even though they ended up taking eight of our players, the core of our team was definitely left intact so it's enabled us to continue on here in the playoffs."

The Bulls are seeking their fifth Governors’ Cup title in the franchise’s history, after joining the International League in 1998. They've played in 11 championship series in last 20 seasons.

Joe Johnson: 919-419-6678, @JEJ_HSNews

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