PawSox Rally in 13th to Beat the Bulls Forcing a 5th and Deciding Game for Governor’s Cup

PawSox news release…

(Durham, NC) – Ivan De Jesus Jr blasted a go-ahead, two-run homer in the top of the 13th inning to give the PawSox the win over Durham, 4-2, Friday night before 4,621 fans at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in to force a decisive Game Five the Best-of-Five Governor’s Cup Finals.

The PawSox rallied in the 9th as Alex Hassan led off with a walk and Garin Cecchini singled against Bulls’ closer Adam Liberatore. After a failed sacrifice bunt, Deven Marrero beat out a potential game ending double play to put runners on the corners. Rusney Castillo was down to his final strike before lacing a single to center to tie the game.    

In the 13th, Deven Marrero singled with one out before Ivan De Jesus launched his first homer run in the Red Sox system to give the PawSox a 4-2 lead.

The PawSox were only able to have that 13th frame because of a perfect throw by Bryce Brentz to the plate to nab the potential winning run at home in the 10th inning.

Pawtucket, as they had done in the entire series, jumped out to an early lead against the Bulls.  Ivan De Jesus worked a one-out walk, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a two-out RBI single by Ryan Lavarnway.

21-year-old left Eddy Rodriguez made his Triple-A debut and was able to navigate through trouble in the first inning. After allowing runners to reach second and third with one out, Rodriguez struck out back to back batter to keep the Bulls off the scoreboard.

The PawSox stayed in front until the 4th when Durham rallied for the first time since the 1st inning. Tim Beckham singled on the infield to start the frame. After a fly out, back to back single, including an RBI base hit by Mike Fontenot, tied the game 1-1. Luke Maile then doubled to right to plate the go-ahead run making it 2-1 Durham.

Durham starter Mike Montgomery was able to battle his way through six innings of one-run ball despite walking six. He allowed just three hits while striking out six.

Rodriguez, meanwhile, was sharp. A strong seven-inning performance in a must win game allowing just two runs on six hits while walking two and striking out six.  

Game Five of the series is slated for a 7:05pm first pitch on Saturday night.  Pawtucket manager Kevin Boles will turn to right-hander Keith Couch while the Bulls are slated to throw righty Merrill Kelly (1-0, 1.50/9-4, 2.76).