Durham 3, Scranton/WB 2 (Bulls win series 3-0). The Bulls won the IL championship in come-from-behind fashion. After getting just 1 hit in the first 7 innings, Durham scored twice in the 8th to tie it on a Desmond Jennings two-out single. And then the Bulls scored the go-ahead run in the 12th on a John Jaso single…Sean Rodriguez dodged a goat-sized bullet when he was ejected in the 7th inning. Rodriguez hit a dribbler in front of the plate and was thrown out. Rodriguez thought the ball was foul. Rodriguez argued and got tossed. Twice in later innings, Rodriguez’ spot in the lineup came up with runner(s) on base. Each time, Chris Nowak, Rodriguez’ replacement, grounded out to end the inning. In the 9th, it was an inning-ending double play. And in the 11th it was a groundball with the bases loaded…Jason Cromer started, giving up 2 runs in 6 innings, but the stars of the game were the relievers who worked 6 shutout innings and survived a couple of late-inning jams.
Notes from Down on the Farm…
- The ball that struck Montgomery pitcher Darin Downs in the head causing a skull fracture was traveling 103 mph. He was told in the hospital that he was lucky to be alive (pitchers wearing some sort of protective helmet is coming). John Romano has Downs’ story. [St. Pete Times]
- Watching Durham Bulls Baseball recaps the Bulls championship victory. [Watching Durham Bulls Baseball]