Montgomery 4, Huntsville 3 (Montgomery wins series 3-2). A 5th inning error by Fernando Perez led to 3 unearned runs and a 3-1 deficit entering the 9th inning of the decisive 5th game of the Southern League championship series. In the 9th inning, Chris Nowak and Gabriel Martinez reached on singles. With one out, Sergio Pedroza hit a 3-run home run to give the Biscuits the lead. In the bottom of the 9th, Tim Corcoran came on to close out the win. He allowed a single and a walk. But with 1 out, he was able to induce a double-play ground ball and the Biscuits were Southern League Champions. Chris Nowak scored Reid Brignac with a first inning single to get the Biscuits out front.
Richmond 6, Durham 2 (game 1; series even 2-2). After Friday night’s game was rained out, the Bulls needed just one win during the Saturday double-header to take home the Governor’s Cup. JK Ryu did what was needed, allowing only one run on two first inning doubles in 5.1 innings. Those would be the only 2 hits he would allow. Justin Ruggiano hit a solo home run in the 4th to tie the score at 1, but the Bulls bullpen and defense would implode. Three relievers and 2 errors led to 5 runs in the 7th and 8th innings and the Bulls would not rebound.
Richmond 7, Durham 2 (game 2; Richmond wins series 3-2). The Braves swept the double-header and took the IL Championship. Richmond jumped out early as they scored 4 in the first off of Mitch Talbot with back-to-back home runs, the first of which scored 3. Talbot was run from the game with just 1 out in the 3rd inning after allowing 5 runs. Justin Ruggiano hit his 4th post-season home run for the Bull’s first run.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- The Bulls were without closer Shawn Camp on Saturday as his mother passed away unexpectedly. Sometimes when we get so wrapped up in the “baseball player” we forget that these guys have regular lives outside of the ballpark. Our thoughts are with Shawn and the rest of his family as they attempt to deal with this trying time. [Herald-Sun]