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Bulls advance for chance to defend IL title in Governor’s Cup championship series

Opening day for The Durham Bulls

On opening day, The Durham Bulls and their fans celebrated last year's championship and the start of a new season.
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On opening day, The Durham Bulls and their fans celebrated last year's championship and the start of a new season.

The Bulls will have a chance to defend their International League title after finishing off their first-round Governor’s Cup series with a 3-2 win over Toledo on Saturday.

Durham will take on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRaiders in the best-of-five championship series, which begins with games Tuesday and Wednesday in Scranton. Game 3 is scheduled to be played at the DBAP, as are Games 4 and 5, if necessary.

The results were tight the last time the Bulls and RailRaiders, in August, with the Bulls winning two of the three contests by a single run.

Durham has now reached the finals in four of the past six seasons, according to team reports.

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Despite being outhit 9-6, the Bulls never trailed against the Mud Hens Saturday. Their runs came on a Jason Coats RBI single that scored Rob Refsnyder in the third inning, and a Brandon Snyder single that scored Coats followed by a Nate Lowe sacrifice fly in the sixth, according to team reports.

Tuesday’s opener at Scranton begins at 6:35 p.m.

Willy Adames hit for the first cycle in Durham Bulls Triple-A history Monday night at the DBAP, leading the Durham Bulls to an 8-1 victory over the Buffalo Bisons.

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