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Governors' Cup Game 3 preview

Posted by Craig Forde  September 13, 2013 06:56 PM

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Game 3, Friday, 7:05 p.m. at McCoy Stadium
Series tied, 1-1

The Governors’ Cup Finals move north as Pawtucket opens the gates to McCoy Stadium for the final games of the season. Now it’s a matter of if we’ll get two or three more games before it’s a wrap. Thus far the series has belonged to the pitchers as both offenses have been stagnant and most scores have not been of the garden variety.

Tonight Durham righty Matt Buschmann toes the rubber in search of gaining the Bulls an advantage in this series. He was originally drafted by San Diego in the 15th round of the 2006 draft and has bounced around the minors the for the eight seasons, landing the Rays system last year. He has made 188 appearances, 17 starts for Durham this season and is 8-2 with a 2.97 ERA with 104 strikeouts in 97 innings. He was beat up pretty good in his one start versus the PawSox back on July 21st, allowing seven runs on eight hits and two walks.

Matt Barnes gets the ball in his third Triple-A start and will look to rebound off of a bit of a bumpy start last Saturday versus Rochester. In that game Barnes was pumping his heat up to 96-97 mph, so the Bulls can expect a steady diet of that tonight. It will be interesting to see how well he can mix in his other offerings to keep an already dormant offense off balance.

You can catch the action at MiLB.TV (subscription required) or by checking the local radio listings here.

STARTING LINEUPS

Durham Bulls
CF Kevin Kiermaier
3B Cole Figueroa
SS Tim Beckham
1B Vince Belnome
LF Jason Bourgeois
DH Leslie Anderson
RF Brandon Guyer
2B Mike Fontenot
C Jesus Flores

RHP Matt Buschmann

Pawtucket Red Sox
CF Justin Henry
3B Jonathan Diaz
LF Alex Hassan
1B Mark Hamilton
RF Bryce Brentz
DH Dan Butler
2B Brock Holt
C Christian Vazquez
SS Heiker Meneses

RHP Matt Barnes

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