In game one last year, Pawtucket topped Durham by one run before the Bulls won three straight.
They'll have to face former Florida Gators ace Brian Johnson in his Triple-A debut tonight though. The former first round pick cruised through two levels this year before reaching this point, and Durham may have their hands full.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (3-2)
Durham couldn't overcome Enny Romero's struggles in their game one 3-2 loss to Pawtucket. Romero was erratic and inefficient, and he only lasted three innings. In those innings, he allowed one run each, including one in the third immediately after the Bulls evened the game at two. He finished with all three Red Sox runs allowed on six hits and a walk in three innings with two strikeouts. Doug Mathis and Cory Burns combined to strike out six in five scoreless innings of relief.
While Romero struggled, Pawtucket starter Edwin Escobar pitched well except for his third inning hiccup. Mikie Mahtook's two out, two run single in the third temporarily tied the game at two, but that would be it for Durham's offense. In the ninth, they loaded the bases with one out for their best threat since the third, but Justin Christian and Cole Figueroa made outs to end the game. Jeremy Moore, Vince Belnome and Ray Olmedo had two hit games.
Star of the day- The pair of Bulls relievers kept the game in reach.
Goat of the day- Romero had been sharp in recent outings, but not last night.
Today's game (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Durham @ Pawtucket 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Alex Colome (0-1, 7.20) v. Brian Johnson (0-0, ---)
Game two of a best of five series (Durham trails 1-0)
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Pawtucket Red Sox
Offense: 639 R (6th) .719 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.60 ERA (4th) 1.31 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Henry Owens (2), C Blake Swihart (5), 3B Garin Cecchini (6), RHP Matt Barnes (9), RHP Anthony Ranaudo (11), SS Deven Marrero (15), OF Bryce Brentz (16), 1B Travis Shaw (26), LHP Edwin Escobar, RHP Heath Hembree