||Bulls Begin Championship Semifinals With Wins
The Durham Bulls came out on top in the South Division of the International League, winning the last game of the season against Charlotte Knights for a record of 80-64. The Bulls won their division, a fitting ending to the club’s 100th anniversary season.
The Bulls are currently playing a best-of-five series against the Toledo Mud Hens, winner of the West division, in the semifinals of the International League Governor’s Cup series. The winner will go on to the championship series against the winner of the North division playoffs, either the Buffalo Bisons or the Scranton-WB Red Barons.
On Wednesday, September 4, the Bulls bested the Mud Hens with a score of 4-3, plunging ahead with a run in the bottom of the seventh inning and then holding off the competition to bring home the win. The teams sold out the Fifth Third Field in Toledo for the first sellout for any playoff game in the twenty-year history of the International League.
The second game in the series, also played in Toledo, went to the Bulls as well. After 13 innings, the Bulls bested the Mud Hens 8-5, scoring 5 runs in the last inning.
Play will come to Durham tonight, Friday, September 6, 2002, at 7:00pm. Gates open at 6:00pm. If necessary the fourth and fifth games of the series will be held at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park this Saturday and Sunday.