Durham Bulls top Memphis Redbirds for Triple-A championship

The blast put the Bulls in front for good at 5-3, as the Durham pen tossed five scoreless innings to finish off the win.

And it started out well for the 'Birds.

The victory capped a historic season for the Bulls, which included an 86-56 regular season record, the team's 13th International League South Division title, and the club's fifth Governors' Cup title. He's 2-0 in series openers this postseason.

Redbirds added another run off a sac fly by Catcher Jeremy Martinez in the 4th.

Wong, the brother of St. Louis Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong, went 3-for-4 in the game, missing hitting for the cycle by a triple.

Ideally he would have liked to get the start in the Triple-A National Championship Game, but he'd have to settle coming out of the bullpen instead.

Kean Wong hit a grand slam in the fourth inning, leading the Durham Bulls to a 5-3 win over the Memphis Redbirds on Tuesday. "He's never done it before and I asked, 'Is it different?' He was like, 'Oh man, it's a whole other thing, '" Bulls second baseman Kean Wong said. Wong paused briefly after the play after getting tagged in the face, but he recovered and more than saved face the rest of the game.

The next question was about his defense, as Wang showed excellent range to his left and right on groundballs and popups.

Durham Bulls right-hander Brent Honeywell delivers a pitch during Tuesday's Triple-A National Championship Game against the Memphis Redbirds.

Zeid hit Shane Peterson with a pitch to start the inning.

"I was just thanking God for all he has blessed me with, and that was for my mom, (Kealea), who passed away from cancer", Wong said of his home run. Flash forward a year, and the Pacific Coast League manager of the year was in the nationally-televised spotlight. What balls you can get to, yes, but also just going up the middle and making that backhanded play.

The lanky right-hander came out on top, pitching six shutout frames and racking up 10 strikeouts while Adams threw four innings of three-run ball and took the loss.

"I think this is the highest right here, just because we're in a championship and this is for all the marbles", Wong said. "With the shifts he's going to be playing at higher levels in the Rays organization and in the big leagues, he had to start practicing in different spots (on the field), and he started to realize how to make those plays".

  • Ricardo Clara