Ryan Yarbrough went seven fantastic innings, and the Bulls rattled off six runs on 11 hits, as Durham takes game one of the Governor’s Cup Finals, 6-0. The Tampa Bay Rays #23 prospect made light work out of the Scranton/WB RailRiders Tuesday night allowing just three hits with four strikeouts. So far this postseason in two starts Yarbrough is 2-0 with an ERA of 1.39. Durham’s offense put little doubt about their chances in the minds of those in attendance, as the Bulls scored early and put the game away.
After Johnny Field led the bottom half of the first off by flying out to center, the Bulls would score first thanks to three straight singles and a wild pitch. They would add two more runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-0 lead. Three of the four hits they would record in the inning came with two strikes. Miguel Andujar strung together a few not so good plays at third in the inning for Scranton aiding the Bulls with some early offense. Andujar had one ball hit off his glove (albeit a laser which was scored a hit), a double clutch after fielding the ball in front of short stop Cito Culver that lead to the runner being safe at first, and a play that he might have been able to get the runner at home, but chose to get the out at first instead. But that’s baseball.
After Yarbrough gave up two hits to the first two batters of the game, and a hit by pitch in the second inning, he got the next 11 RailRiders out in order. He did allow a hit in the sixth, but a slick throw by his battery mate Michael McKenry cut down Mason Williams who was trying to steal second to get into scoring position. Once Yarbrough’s night was over, the Durham Bulls bullpen followed his lead and closed the game out getting the final six Scranton/WB batters out, three by way of the strikeout.
With the win, the Durham Bulls need just two more wins in the best-of-five series to claim their first Governor’s Cup title since 2013. Scranton/WB finds themselves in familiar territory after game one, as they lost the series opener to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the semi-final round. There is plenty left to be played as these two teams are back at it on Wednesday night in Durham.
It is going to be a good pitching matchup for game two. Domingo German, who went 7-2 with an ERA of 2.38 during the regular season for Scranton, looks to get his first playoff win this season. He is squaring off against Yonny Chirinos of Durham who was 12-5 with an ERA of 2.74 this season. Chirinos is looking to pick up his second playoff win on Wednesday. The game is scheduled for 6:35pm.