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Rays down on the farm September 12: Andriese pitches Durham to series lead

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Matt Andriese took a few innings to settle in, but he provided six valuable innings

Matt Andriese ended his 2014 on a high note
Matt Andriese ended his 2014 on a high note
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Durham is now one win away from their second straight Governors Cup win over Pawtucket.  Last year, they lost game one before taking three straight, and they'll be trying to repeat that tonight.

Mike Montgomery will take the mound for the Bulls.  He hasn't pitched since August 28th, but maybe after the way he finished the regular season, two weeks off isn't the worst thing in the world.  I'd anticipate a slow start with all that time off though, but maybe he can settle in like Andriese did.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (5-2)

Durham got what they needed from Matt Andriese, and they survived a late Pawtucket rally for a game three 4-3 win.  A run in both the second and third innings gave the Red Sox another 2-0 lead, reminiscent of games one and two, but Andriese settled in.  He retired nine out of 10 batters in his last three innings, and he finished with two runs allowed on five hits in six innings with eight strikeouts and no walks.

The Bulls stormed back after Pawtucket's second run in the third inning.  After Justin Christian led off with a double, he scored on Jeremy Moore's single three batters later.  With two runners on, Tim Beckham plated two with the second double of the inning, giving the Bulls a 3-2 lead.  In the sixth, Nick Franklin hit a solo home run, and that insurance run proved to be valuable.  Josh Lueke struck out Ryan Lavarnway for what looked like the second out of the ninth, but an Ali Solis passed ball allowed him to reach base.  Garin Cecchini's RBI double made it a one run game, but after he reached third, Lueke induced a Blake Swihart pop up to end the game.

Franklin, Cole Figueroa and Wilson Betemit all reached base three times.  C.J. Riefenhauser struck out two in two scoreless innings.

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Star of the day- Andriese's six innings were big for the staff.

Goat of the day- No one in a win.

Today's game (probables courtesy of milb.com)

Durham v. Pawtucket 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Mike Montgomery (10-5, 4.29 in the regular season) v. Eduardo Rodriguez (0-0, ---)

Game four of a best of five series (Durham leads 2-1)

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Pawtucket Red Sox
4-2
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