Tuesday, September 22, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Durham won 12 of its last 15 regular-season games to overtake Gwinnett in the International League's South Division and then won the Governors' Cup playoffs, sweeping Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the championship series.
Now one more challenge remains for the Bulls.
Durham will play Pacific Coast League champion Memphis for the Class AAA title in a one-game showdown tonight in Oklahoma City. The game will be televised on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.
The Bulls, an affiliate of Tampa Bay, beat out the G-Braves for the division title thanks to their hot finish and have kept up their winnings ways in the postseason by going 6-2. They needed the full five games to beat Louisville in the IL semifinals, but then made quick work of Scranton, which had beaten wild-card Gwinnett in four games.
Memphis, affiliated with St. Louis, beat Sacramento for the PCL championship. Sacramento had won the past two AAA titles, beating Richmond in 2007 and Scranton in 2008. The IL has never won the showdown, which began in 2006.