The Durham Bulls evened up the Governors’ Cup finals series at one game apiece with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders after a 5-2 Game 2 win, according to a press release.
Rob Refsnyder got the Bulls off to a quick start, hitting a two-run home run in the top of the first inning after Kean Wong drew a lead-off walk. After hitting his second homer in as many games, Refsnyder is now batting .389 with five RBI in the five games he’s appeared in this postseason.
Durham added to its 2-0 lead in the top of the seventh and then again in the ninth when Nate Lowe’s two-run home run made the score 5-0. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre would cut the lead to three in the bottom of the final inning, but it was too little to late for the RailRiders, who dropped their second game of the postseason and first of the series.
Pitcher Austin Pruitt gave the Bulls six innings of scoreless work, allowing just three hits while striking out five en route to his first ever playoff win. Colin Poche came in in relief of Pruitt and closed out the victory for Durham, earning the save despite giving up two runs in the bottom off the ninth.
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The Bulls will look to take a 2-1 series advantage when they play yet another game in Scranton Thursday night. The same will be the case for Games 4 and 5, as the threat of Hurricane Florence has forced Durham to play the entire championship series away from home.
Game 3 will start at 6:35 p.m. with pitcher Chih-Wei Hu scheduled to take the mound for the Bulls.