Bulls beat Indians, 2-1; Advance to Governor's Cup series
Posted September 6, 2013
Updated September 9, 2013
Indianapolis — Merrill Kelly, Adam Liberatore and Juan Sandoval combined to send the Durham Bulls to a 2-1 victory over Indianapolis, completing a three-game sweep over the Indians to send the Bulls back to the Governor's Cup championship series for the first time since 2010.
The Bulls scored twice in the third and final inning of major league rehabber Wandy Rodriguez thanks to a single by Cole Figueroa and a force-out grounder by Jason Bourgeois.
Kelly (W, 1-0) pitched 5 2/3 innings to earn the win. Liberatore recorded four outs before turning the game over to Sandoval (S, 1) for the save. Sandoval allowed a run in the last of the ninth on a pinch-hit single by Ivan DeJesus Jr. With the tying run at third and two outs, Figueroa handled an in-between hop grounder by Robert Andino and with his throw to first base, sent the Bulls back to the International League championship series.
The Bulls will host games 1 and 2 of the best-of-five beginning Tuesday night at 7:05 PM ET against the winner of Rochester-Pawtucket series. Pawtucket leads the series 2-1.