Another night, another outstanding pitching performance. The way the Governor’s Cup Finals have been going, each team has been trying to outdo the other showcasing their starting pitching. It was Durham’s turn again on Thursday. Brent Honeywell, MLB’s #12 prospect, was as advertised striking out 10 on the night, picking up the win and bringing his team one step closer to the title. The Durham Bulls downed the Scranton/WB RailRiders 6-2, and take a 2-1 series lead. Chance Adams who is a top pitching prospect in the New York Yankees organization suffered the loss.
Shane Peterson got the Bulls on the board first in the second inning after hitting a 2-run home run scoring Jake Bauers who led off the inning with a single. Adams would settle down and get the next two Durham players out to get out of the inning down 2-0.
With Honeywell cruising, the Bulls would put an end to Adams’ night after just four innings. Durham would tack on their third run (which would be the game-winning run) on a Justin Williams rbi-single, and the RailRiders would go to the pen to start the fifth.
Adams, who has had a great year in the minor leagues, finished Thursday going four innings giving up three runs (two earned), with three walks, and six strikeouts.
After keeping the game still at 3-0, Scranton turned things over to Cale Coshow in hopes of keeping the RailRiders in the game with a chance to maybe comeback in the last three innings. It wasn’t meant to be as Coshow allowed three more runs on a RBI-double by Johnny Field and a two-run single by Bauers to put the game to 6-0 and just about out of reach for Scranton.
Honeywell would be lifted after the sixth inning and the Bulls would rely on their bullpen to close things out. He allowed no runs on five hits and 10 strikeouts.
Scranton would attempt to make things interesting in the bottom half of the seventh when they scratched across two runs. Mason Williams would hit a RBI-double and Donovan Solano a RBI-ground out to get the RailRiders closer, but just not close enough. They’d get a runner on base in the eighth, but that was the last of their offense.
Game four is scheduled for Friday with the first pitch at 6:35. If the Bulls win they capture the Governor’s Cup and a date in the Triple-A National Championship against the Pacific Coast League’s Champion. If Scranton/WB win, they force a winner-take-all game five on Saturday.