Safe to say, that’s not how the RailRiders wanted to start the Governors’ Cup championship series. Ryan Yarbrough and Durham blanked SWB, 6-0, in the first game of the best-of-five series Tuesday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The RailRiders had only three hits and no walks.
Here are a few notes from the game:
- The RailRiders have just seven hits and one run over their last two games. They knocked four in the series-clinching win over Lehigh Valley, one a home run by Mike Ford that was the difference in the game. They’re 7 for 55 (.127) over the stretch with just two walks.
- Stealing this from the team’s postgame press release: Tuesday was the first time SWB was shut out in the postseason since Sept. 10, 2010, vs. the Columbus Clippers, a 1-0 loss. The SWB Yankees had just one hit in that game, and struck out 12 times against one walk.
- Durham pitchers threw 72 of 109 pitches for strikes Tuesday.
- Bit of a rough game in the field for Miguel Andujar. The third baseman, while super talented at the plate, is still a work in progress in the field. Most of his issues have to deal with his throwing mechanics and footwork, especially when moving to his left. If Andujar charges a ball, he’s able to throw across his body with relative ease. If he moves to his right, he’s able to set his feet, then show off his arm strength.
- The RailRiders did not take batting practice on the field prior to Tuesday’s game. Durham did. The RailRiders also had a long day of travel Monday. Could be a reason why the team looked flat.
- Triple-A debut for RailRiders reliever Caleb Frare. The 24-year-old lefty retired both batters he faced in the seventh inning. Frare split the season between Double-A Trenton and High-A Tampa and posted a combined 4.02 ERA in 62.2 innings. He’s walked too many (52), but allowed only 48 hits and struck out 78. And check out the first blurb of his MiLB.com bio: “Did not pitch in 2013 and 2014 after Tommy John surgery in the fall of 2012, a car accident in the spring of 2014 and a quadricep tear six months later. …” Yikes. Good to see Frare get to this level considering all of that.
- I’d never been to Durham’s stadium before, but man, what a park. It has a Camden Yards feel with all of the brick buildings around it. And of course, there’s that bull in left field. There weren’t many fans in attendance, but the ones that were there were on every pitch. Here’s some pictures from around the park. Definitely check it out if you’re ever in the area.