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Rays down on the farm September 14: Durham falls in decisive game five

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After coming within inches of winning the Governors Cup Friday, the Bulls weren't particularly close Saturday night

Some Tampa Bay area based minor league teams remain in action this fall though
Some Tampa Bay area based minor league teams remain in action this fall though
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That'll do it for 2014 Rays minor league season.  Of course, the Arizona Fall League starts next month, and some players will be participating in other winter leagues.  Stick around this off-season for reviews of what happened in 2014, and rankings, rankings, rankings!

Triple-A Durham Bulls (5-4)

Durham's season came to an end with a 4-1 game five loss to Pawtucket.  Once again, the Red Sox got on the board first.  Merrill Kelly allowed a two out double in the first inning that scored a run, and he was never able to settle in despite a 1-2-3 2nd.  He allowed a single third inning run, but he was able to leave the bases loaded.  Ryan Lavarnway hit a solo home run in the fifth, and Kelly finished with three runs allowed on eight hits and two walks in five innings with seven strikeouts.  Enny Romero struck out two in two scoreless innings in relief.

Meanwhile, the Bulls offense was largely nowhere to be found.  Cole Figueroa made it to third base in the first inning, but from the second to the sixth, only one Durham hitter would reach base.  In the seventh, they couldn't capitalize with runners on the corners and two outs.  They finally scored in the ninth on Jeremy Moore's one out solo home run, but Durham went down two batters after that to end the game.  Besides Moore's home runs, Nick Franklin had Durham's only other two hits.

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