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Bulls down PawSox 2-0 in 14 innings

Posted September 14, 2013

After playing nearly six hours of scoreless baseball, the Durham Bulls punched across a pair of runs in the top of the 14th to defeat the Pawtucket Red Sox to claim a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-five Governors’ Cup Championship Series on Friday night.

Should the Bulls go on to claim their 4th Governors’ Cup title this weekend, they will look back to Friday night’s epic as a moment that will be forever frozen in their memories.

Friday’s game featured dozens of moments where the victory was held in the balance, only to see either the Bulls or PawSox denied. Finally, the Bulls’ seized their opportunity in the 14th inning.

With one out, Kevin Kiermaier drilled a line drive to PawSox right fielder Bryce Brentz, who appeared to be under control to make the catch. However, as the ball approached, Brentz reached high and failed to make the catch, allowing Kiermaier to take third. After an intentional walk, Tim Beckham hit a two-strike grounder to second base, only to have Brock Holt throw errantly home with no PawSox defender covering.

Kiermaier scored the game’s long-awaited first run. The Bulls would tack on an insurance run when Jason Bourgeois legged out the back-end of a potential double play ball.

Kirby Yates (S, 4) entered behind Enny Romero (W, 1-0) to save the Bulls’ victory, but not before filling the bases with two outs. Brentz, looking to atone for his fielding mistake, struck out against Yates on a 3-2 pitch to end the contest, moving the Bulls to one win of capturing their 4th International League Championship.

The Bulls and PawSox combined to use 16 pitchers, with 33 total baserunners left aboard.

The Bulls can clinch the Governors’ Cup in Game Four on Saturday night at 6:05pm. Merrill Kelly is set to oppose Pawtucket’s Charlie Haeger from McCoy Stadium.

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  • lawha63 Sep 14, 8:23 a.m.

    Yea, I stayed up til 1 am listening to the game on the radio and I thought the Final was 2 -0. Edge of your seat kind of game.

  • Tunaboy Sep 14, 8:10 a.m.

    Let's go Bulls!!!

  • doggie Sep 14, 7:51 a.m.

    Wow, WRAL doesn't even report the outcome of the game until 7:30am, then they get the score wrong. Bulls won 2-0!

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR
 
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
Final
CHC 2
CIN 8
Final
TEX 2
CWS 16
Final
OAK 4
HOU 1
Final
LOS 4
ARI 1
Final
COL 9
PHI 10
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
Final
BOS 6
BAL 5
11:05am Today
BOS
BAL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
CIN
 
7:05pm Tonight
CLE
KAN
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
ANA
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CWS
 
7:10pm Tonight
ATL
MIA
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
STL
 
8:05pm Tonight
CHC
ARI
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIL
SDP
 
8:40pm Tonight
COL
SFG
 
10:05pm Tonight
OAK
TEX
 
10:10pm Tonight
SEA
HOU
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
 
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CHI 93
WAS 102
Final
HOU 120
POR 122
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
GSW
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
Final
MON 3
TAM 2
Final
SJS 7
LOS 2
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
COL
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
PIT
8:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
9:30pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR