SEPTEMBER 9th GOVERNORS’ CUP FINALS GAME 1 7:05 pm
DURHAM (75-69) at PAWTUCKET (79-65) (Regular Season Records) Series Tied 0-0
G1 Durham Bulls LHP Enny Romero (0-0, 5.40)/(5-11, 4.50) vs. Pawtucket Red Sox LHP Edwin Escobar (0-0, 1.04)/(3-1)
PawSox Playoff Baseball – The International League’s 82nd Annual Governors’ Cup Finals begin tonight when the Pawtucket Red Sox host the Durham Bulls at 7:05 pm at McCoy Stadium in Game 1 of a rematch of the 2013 IL Finals won by Durham, 3 games to 1. The Bulls won the Cup last September 14th at McCoy Stadium. This time the Governors’ Cup will be awarded at Durham Bulls Athletic Park later this week as the league’s predetermined playoff format has the IL South/West winner hosting the final three games of the best 3 out of 5 series in even years while the IL North/wild card winner is home for the final three games of the series in odd years. Either way once this series is over the Cup will either remain in Durham or return to Pawtucket as the Bulls (2013) and the PawSox (2012) are the last two Governors’ Cup Champs.
Rematch – Pawtucket and Durham meet in consecutive Governors’ Cup Finals marking just the 6th time in 82 years that the Finals have been a rematch from the season before. The last time it happened came five years ago when Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Durham in 2008 but Durham defeated Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2009. A rematch in the Cup Finals also occurred in 1996 and 1997 when Columbus beat Rochester in ’96 before Rochester returned the favor by winning in ’97. Prior that that though you have to go back to 1969 and 1970 to find a rematch when Syracuse beat Columbus in back-to-back years to win the Governors’ Cup. Rematches also took place in 1955-56 (Rochester over Toronto both years) and in 1952-53 (Rochester over Montreal followed by Montreal over Rochester). So in the five Cup rematches in history the losing team has gained revenge three times while the other two times there was a repeat champ.
Making of the Cup – When Frank “Shag” Shaughnessy introduced his playoff system to the International League in 1933, the Governors’ Cup was born. Sponsored by the Governors of New York, New Jersey, and Maryland, as well as the Lieutenant Governors of the Canadian Provinces of Quebec and Ontario, the trophy known as the Governors’ Cup has been awarded to the International League’s postseason champion in each of the 80 years since. The original Governors’ Cup now resides at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, while a new trophy has been in circulation since 1988. The Cup was housed at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket from September 14, 2012 to September 14, 2013 but has been in Durham since and will be at DBAP when these two teams head to North Carolina this Thursday for Game 3