Yankees Romp on Their Way to Governors’ Cup Championship
The Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees celebrate as they triumph over the Bulls to take the Governors Cup.
In a game the Bulls needed a win to keep their season alive, the occasion belonged to the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees as they slugged their way to their first Governors’ Cup Championship Friday, Sept 12, 2008, at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park by a score of 20-2. The Yankees won the best-of-five series three games to one.
The Yankees dominated right from the get-go, plating five runs in the second and third innings, a run in the fifth, eight in the sixth and one in the ninth. Juan Miranda did the most damage, going 3-for-5 with a three-run home run, two runs scored and six driven in. The Bulls, meanwhile, mustered only a run in the fourth and another in the eighth on a Gabby Martinez home run.
Wade Davis (1-1, 6.75) never found his groove giving up eight runs – five earned – on four hits and six walks. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s Phil Hughes (1-0, 0.69) was dominant, striking out 12 Bulls in only five innings and allowing a run on four hits and four walks.
After the game the Tampa Bay Rays recalled pitchers Jeff Niemann, David Price and Mitch Talbot, as well as outfielder Jonny Gomes.
The Yankees advanced to the Express Employment Professionals Bricktown Showdown Triple-A Championship Tuesday, Sept 16th at Oklahoma City’s AT&T Bricktown Park. They will face the winner of the Pacific Coast League Championship Series, which is Sacramento.
Thanks to DBBC’s Matt DeMargel for this capcom story & photo.