GOVERNORS’ CUP FINAL
(series tied, 1-1)
Game 1: Pawtucket 2, Durham 1
Game 2: Durham 2, Pawtucket 1
Game 3: Friday, September 13, Durham at PawSox, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4: Saturday, September 14, Durham at PawSox, 6:05 p.m.
*Game 5: Sunday, September 15, Durham at PawSox, 1:05 p.m.
* - if necessary
Much like Game 1 of the Governors’ Cup Final, Game 2 was one for the pitchers, with reversed results as the Durham Bulls returned the favor by coming back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Pawtucket, 2-1, and even things up in the best-of-five series.
Steven Wright put forth another valiant effort for the PawSox, but would depart after giving up one run in both the sixth and seventh innings.
Wright threw 104 pitches over 6 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and three walks while striking out six.
Durham starter J.D. Martin allowed just one run on four hits and a walk in his six innings and was followed by relievers C.J. Riefenhauser and Kirby Yates who allowed just a walk over the final three frames.
In total the Bulls pitchers struck out nine PawSox batters.
Pawtucket pushed across their only run in the third inning when Jonathan Diaz’s groundout to short plated Justin Henry from third base for an early, 1-0, lead.
The PawSox were unable to produce much offense from there, putting only four more men on base the rest of the way, none of which advanced past second base.
The Bulls gained the momentum when Jason Bourgeois scored on a passed ball in the sixth to tie the game and then they capitalized when Kevin Kiermaier drove in Craig Albernaz with a seventh inning double.
One takeaway from watching this game, besides the intense pitching performances on both ends, was the continued fine play in the PawSox infield, in particular Brock Holt’s quickness in turning a double play.
The series now makes its way to Pawtucket's McCoy Stadium, with Friday and Saturday night games both happening for sure, while Sunday sits in wait if necessary.
You can purchase great seats to all of the remaining games – your last chance this year to catch ANY Minor League Baseball in the region – by clicking here or calling 401-724-7300.
Matt Barnes – ranked as the 54th best prospect in the game and the Red Sox third ranked pitching prospect according to MLB.com – gets the start on Friday night, so get out and support your future Red Sox as they look to defend their Governors’ Cup crown.
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