[Via email from the Durham Bulls Director of Media Relations Matt DeMargel.]
Behind six and two-thirds innings of one run ball from starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson, the Bulls won Game One of the Governors’ Cup Finals, 4-1 over Scranton Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Hellickson kept the Yankees scoreless until the seventh inning when he gave up a home run to former Bull John Rodriguez before getting pulled. Hellickson ended the night allowing five hits, including the homer, a walk and six strikeouts to pick up the win.
Durham took the lead in the first inning after Sean Rodriguez singled up the middle, scoring Henry Mateo from third.
The Bulls added three more runs in the sixth inning which was started off with Henry Mateo reaching third after a bunt single and two Scranton errors. The next batter, Joe Dillon, singled to right scoring Mateo. Three batters later and with the bases loaded, Michel Hernandez singled up the middle to drive in two runs giving the Bulls the 4-0 lead.
Hellickson was replaced by Julio DePaula after Rodriguez homer in the seventh, and he and Winston Abreu combined to keep the Yankees hitless for the rest of the night with Abreu picking up his third save of the postseason.
The Bulls and Yankees will play Game Two of the Governors’ Cup Finals against Scranton/W-B Wednesday with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Mitch Talbot takes the mound for Durham against Yankees’ righty Ian Kennedy.