International League Playoff Recap: September 9th

Late Surge Lifts Bulls Past Indians

The Durham Bulls are advancing to the Governors’ Cup after defeating the Indianapolis Indians Saturday night.  The Bulls who trailed the entire game until the eighth inning will be appearing in their 11th Governors’ Cup Final in the last 20 years (according to MiLB.com).  The Indians put themselves in good position to force a game five, but it just wasn’t meant to be.

After matching zeroes for the first few innings, Indianapolis would score first in the fourth inning. Jacob Stallings RBI-single would score Eric Wood after his leadoff double.  They would score two more times in the fifth off a couple of extra-base hits putting themselves in the drivers seat.

Drew Hutchison was on the bump for Indianapolis and was in control until the sixth inning.  He’d get himself into a little bit of trouble early in the inning which eventually led to his departure with two outs.  Durham was able to cut the lead to 3-2 leaving the Indians holding on for dear life.

Indianapolis got themselves in a position to score an insurance run in the seventh, but never had the opportunity as Eric Wood was cut-down trying to steal second with two outs.  That was one of a few times the Indians were threatening but got themselves out on the bases.

Durham would take full advantage of a hit by pitch and a couple of walks in the eighth.  With two outs and bases loaded, Justin O’Conner delivered the final nail in the Indians coffin, with a two-run single off Johnny Barbato putting the Bulls in line for the win and a series victory.

The Bulls bullpen, which let them down a little Friday, shut the door and the season on the Indians.  Durham now awaits their opponent for the Governors’ Cup Final.

RailRiders Take Game 3, One Win Away From Finals

Brady Lail went six solid innings picking up a playoff win, as the Scranton/WB RailRiders defeat the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 6-1 to take a two games to one series lead.  Henderson Alvarez went for the IronPigs but had a rough go of things in his 6.2 innings of work, allowing all six of the RailRiders runs.

The top third of Scranton/WB order did just about all the damage as they combined to go 6-for-12 with four runs scored and four driven in.  Donovan Solano continued his hot hitting adding three more hits to his playoff resume.  He’s now hitting .538 in the series.  Scranton would score in four straight innings putting the game out of reach.

As was the case on Friday, Lehigh Valley had plenty of opportunity to score, but struggled with runners in scoring position.  For the game they were 0-for-8 and ended up stranding 12 more on the bases.  After going 5-for-11 in the series opener with RISP, they are now 2-for-18 the last two games and have stranded 21.

Game four is scheduled for Sunday at 1:05pm in Scranton/WB.

PITCHING PROBABLE

Jacob Waguespack, LV (0-0, 0.00) vs Nestor Cortes, SWB (0-0, 0.00)