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Blake Snell had a brief outing as Durham advanced to the International League Championship again.

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Triple-A Durham Bulls (3-0)

Durham crushed Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 17-2, advancing to the International League Championship — and eliminating the RailRIders — for the third straight season. The Bulls got off to a fast start, making it clear it would be their night. They scored four runs in the first, capped by Rocky Gale’s two-run double. In his first rehab appearance, Blake Snell allowed a run in two-thirds of an inning. Jason Coats homered in the fourth to make a it a 9-1 game, and they scored six in the ninth, capped by Dalton Kelly’s three-run home run.

SS Jake Cronenworth: 0-for-3, 3 R, 3 BB (.938)
LF Jason Coats: 2-for-4, 3 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP (1.571)
RF Dylan Cozens: 1-for-6, 1 R, 2 RBI, 3 K (.690)
1B Dalton Kelly: 3-for-4, 4 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB (1.581)
C Rocky Gale: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB (1.350)
CF Nathan Lukes: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (1.556)
2B Jim Haley: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB (1.350)

LHP Blake Snell: two-thirds IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
RHP Aaron Slegers: 6 13 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K (0.00)

Durham’s site offers this recap.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (1-3)

Montgomery fell to Jackson, 6-5, ending its season. Brett Sullivan’s two-run homer in the first gave the Biscuits a 2-1 lead, but the Generals scored the next five runs. Trailing 6-4 in the ninth, Montgomery loaded the bases with no outs. Taylor Walls struck out, Sullivan his a sacrifice fly, and Tristan Gray flied out to end the game. Shane McClanahan allowed two runs in three innings.

3B Lucius Fox: 2-for-2, 1 R, 2 2B (1.117 — did not finish game)
SS Taylor Walls: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 2 K (.235)
CF Josh Lowe: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB (.277)
2B Vidal Brujan: 0-for-1, 1 K (.000 — did not finish game)
DH Brett Sullivan: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI (1.313)
RF Miles Mastrobuoni: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB (.824)

LHP Shane McClanahan: 3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K (6.00)

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (43-32)

Hudson Valley’s season is over.


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Durham is off.

Montgomery’s season is over.

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