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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Bulls repeat as International League champions

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Joe McCarthy’s huge game led Durham to a Game 5 win.

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For the second straight season, Durham will meet Memphis in the Triple-A National Championship. The highly anticipated Genesis Cabrera and Justin Williams Bowl will be played in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday. The Bulls are 2-1 all-time in the game, and both wins came against Memphis, including 2017’s meeting.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (6-3)

Durham earned its second straight International League Championship with a 6-2 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Scranton native Joe McCarthy was one of the heroes. His first-inning home run gave the Bulls a 1-0 lead, and he doubled and scored in the two-run third. In the fourth, he cleared the bases with a double, giving Durham a 6-0 lead. The Bulls used five different pitchers, including four who pitched two innings each. Colin Poche allowed both RailRiders runs, but he struck out six in his two innings of work.

LF Joe McCarthy: 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K
CF Austin Meadows: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 SB
1B Nate Lowe: 0-for-1, 3 BB, 1 K
SS Jake Cronenworth: 1-for-4, 1 R

LHP Colin Poche: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
RHP Austin Pruitt: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (6-1)

Resly Linares pitched Bowling Green to a 6-1 win over Peoria, moving the Hot Rods within one game of their first championship. In one of his best starts of the season, Linares struck out nine, walked none, and gave up just four hits in six scoreless innings. He was supported by early offense. Carl Chester tripled in two runs in the second, scored on Vidal Brujan’s single, and Brujan later scored on an error. A wild pitch and bases-loaded walk gave Bowling Green two more runs in the sixth.

2B Vidal Brujan: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 CS
SS Taylor Walls: 0-for-4, 2 K
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB

LHP Resly Linares: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K

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Sunday’s games (probables courtesy of milb.com)

Durham is off.

Bowling Green vs. Peoria 7:35 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. Angel Rondon (3-2, 2.90)

Best-of-five championship (Bowling Green leads, 2-1)

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Peoria Chiefs (St. Louis)
5-2
Offense: 601 R (5th) .725 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.73 ERA (8th) 1.36 WHIP (9th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Alvaro Seijas (21), RHP Johan Oviedo (23), 3B Nolan Gorman, 1B Luken Baker

Daily news and links

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