The Scranton/WB RailRiders evened the Governor’s Cup Finals on Wednesday night after a masterful pitching performance by Domingo German. The 25-year old righty from the Dominican Republic, one-upped Durham’s pitching performance from Tuesday, with a two-hit gem over seven innings. After getting beat up pretty good in his first playoff start six days ago against Lehigh Valley, German responded back in a big way striking out eight as well on Wednesday picking up the win.
Garrett Cooper got the RailRiders on the board in the top of the first inning after he singled home Donovan Solano, who walked earlier in the inning. It was the first run Scranton/WB scored in their last 10 innings of play going back to the final game of the semi-finals. Yonny Chirinos who dazzled in his first playoff win last time out, was on the hook for the loss. He went five innings giving up just one run, but it was all the RailRiders needed.
Game one and two were eerily similar with the results flip-flopped. Durham couldn’t get anything going, and when it seemed like they might, they had the door slammed in their face. Jake Bauers, who has done nothing but hit all season long and postseason long, did what he could to change his teams fortunes. He went 2-for-3 with two doubles and a walk, and is now hitting .435 (10-for-23) overall in the playoffs. Justin Williams was the only other Bulls player to record a hit. It was a one-out single in the bottom of the 8th.
For the game the Scranton/WB pitching staff gave up three hits with three walks and 12 strikeouts. Nick Rumbelow came in and finished the game off in the ninth for the RailRiders. It was his third save during the playoffs. Rumbelow has been a huge asset for Scranton/WB since coming up from Trenton in July and could be what the team needs to help shutdown the potent Durham offense.
Game three is scheduled for Thursday at 6:35pm. It is showcasing two of the best pitchers at the Triple-A level and is as close to a must see game as you’ll get. Brent Honeywell, the screwball throwing strikeout machine is scheduled to pitch for Durham. He was 12-8 at the Triple-A level this season after spending time in Double-A Montgomery. On the other side its going to be Chance Adams. Adams, who dominated the Eastern League this year, made his way to Scranton in the middle of May and pretty much picked up where he left off. He went 11-5 at the minor leagues highest level with a 2.89 ERA.
Adams is the New York Yankees #3 prospect overall and their best pitching prospect. Honeywell is not only the top pitching prospect in the Rays organization, he is their top prospect overall. Adams is MLB’s #56 prospect while Honeywell is #12. This is one of those games that if you have the chance to catch it you better.
***Donovan Solano Photo by Gabe Rodriguez/CNY Baseball***