Game 3: Durham 3, Lousiville 2 (Bulls lead 2-1). Jeff Niemann saved possibly his best performance as a pro for when the Bulls needed it most. Niemann took a no-hitter into the 8th inning, and finished with 11 strikeouts to only 3 walks in 8 innings of work, allowing 1 run on 2 hits. Despite giving up 1 run late, Niemann appeared to get stronger as the game moved along. He struck out 7 in his final 3 innings of work…Jonny Gomes provided all of the offense with a 2-run home run in the 1st and adding an RBI single in the 5th.
Game 4: Durham 9, Louisville 1 (Bulls win series 3-1). Wade Davis struck out 7 in 6 innings, giving up only 1 run on 4 hits and 3 hits…Dale Thayer and Heath Phillips threw the final 3 innings, striking out 5 and not allowing a run…Jonny Gomes homered for the second straight game, a solo shot. He also started the scoring with an RBI single in the first…But the offensive star was Matt Spring, playing in just his second triple-A game, his first start. Spring finished 3-4 with a double, a home run and 6 RBI. His bases-clearing double in the 4th broke a 1-1 tie and his 3-run home run in the 6th put the game out of reach.
Staten Island @ Hudson Valley (canceled, rain). The Renegades concluded their season 40-35 in 3rd place, 9 games back…Tim Beckham played in only 2 games for Hudson Valley and sat out the final 4. He finished his debut season hitting .246/.309/.350 with 2 home runs, 14 RBI and 6-7 in steals.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- This will be the Bulls’ 6th appearance in the Governors Cup Finals in the last 11 seasons. They will face the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees. Game 1 will be tomorrow in Scranton as will Game 2. Games 3, 4 and 5 will be in Durham. [Durham Bulls]
- The Rays have signed an extension with the Hudson Valley Renegades for two more seasons. [Poughkeepsie Journal]