[Via email from the Durham Bulls Director of Media Relations Matt DeMargel.]
A home run from Rashad Eldridge gave the Bulls the go ahead run as they clinched Game 2 of the Governors’ Cup Finals, 4-1 over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Wednesday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Tied at one in the sixth inning, Eldridge connected on Kei Igawa’s 3-1 pitch, depositing the ball over the wall in left to put Durham up 2-1. Eldridge finished the night 3-4 with a homer, a double, three RBIs, and two runs scored.
The Yankees got on the board first in the second inning off Bulls starting pitcher Mitch Talbot. With a runner on second, Doug Bernier hit a grounder to right-center to score the first run of the game.
Talbot, who was on a pitch count, lasted three and one-third innings, giving up Scranton’s only run. He was followed up by Joe Bateman who tossed three and two-thirds scoreless innings allowing only one hit with three strikeouts as he picked up his second win of the postseason.
The Bulls tied it up in the fourth when Eldridge hit a double to left scoring Rashad Eldridge from first.
Durham’s offense put the game out of reach in the eighth as they added two more runs to take a 4-1 lead which would be the eventual final score.
Julio DePaula and Winston Abreu came in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, and closed the game out with Abreu picking up his fourth save of the postseason.
With the win, the Bulls are now up 2-0 in the series and are one win away from clinching the Governors’ Cup Championship as they head to Scranton for Game 3 against the Yankees on Thursday. Lefty Jason Cromer takes the mound for Durham against right-hander Ivan Nova with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.