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Three Former Durham Bulls Dominated Game Seven

Wow. Game 7 of the 2016 World Series was bonkers. And who was at the middle of one of the greatest games in postseason history that ended a 108-year World Series drought for the Chicago Cubs? That’s right. Former Bulls Ben Zobrist, Mike Montgomery and Brandon Guyer.

We knew these three would be participating in the Fall Classic, but who would’ve known the impact they would each have in a remarkable game?

First things first, ZO. Zobrist, on his way to World Series MVP honors, put the Cubbies ahead in the top of the 10th inning with a double down the left field line, and had also scored earlier in the game. All he did was hit .357 in the World Series, scoring five times and posting a .419 OBP.

Next, MONTY. With the tying run on first base and the winning run at the plate and two outs in the bottom of the 10th, Montgomery came in for the biggest out in Cubs’ history. What did the former Bull do? Throw two pitches, induce a groundout to third, and set off a wild celebration on the field and throughout the streets of Chicago. Montgomery’s Fall Classic line: 5 G, 4.2 IP, 1 ER, 4 K, 1.93 ERA.

Last but not least, we have BG. In the loss Guyer was magnificent for the Indians, coming off the bench to go 2-for-2 with two runs, an RBI, a double and a walk. Trailing 6-3 in the bottom of the 8th inning with two outs Guyer lined a double off Aroldis Chapman to make it a two-run game and extend the inning, before Rajai Davis tied the contest up a batter later with a two-run homer. And with Cleveland down to its final out in the 10th, the outfielder promptly walked, took second base and scored on a single to make it a one-run game. Guyer finished 3-for-10 in the World Series with a .563 OBP.

So there you have it, a bunch of former Bulls that crushed Game 7.

Former Durham Bulls in the World Series

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Before the 2016 MLB Postseason began, we brought you a list of every former Durham Bull who was on a playoff team. Now, with the World Series kicking off tonight, we take a look at the former Bulls on the Cubs and Indians, and how they’ve fared during their team’s playoff runs. (Years with the Bulls are listed in parentheses.)

CHICAGO CUBS: UTL Ben Zobrist (2006-2008), LHP Mike Montgomery (2013-2014)

Zobrist is back in the World Series for the third time, and the second straight year. The utility man first went to the Fall Classic in 2008 as a member of the Rays, and won the title with the Kansas City Royals a season ago. This postseason the switch-hitter has appeared in all 10 games for the Cubs, but is just 6-for-36 with three RBI.

Montgomery has been solid out of the bullpen for Joe Maddon this October, going 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA. He’s tossed 9 2/3 innings and allowed four earned runs, and three of his six appearances have been scoreless.

CLEVELAND INDIANS: OF Brandon Guyer (2011-2013)

Guyer, who was dealt to Cleveland at the Trade Deadline, went on to hit .333 in 38 games over the season’s final two months. The outfielder has only appeared in three of the Indians’ eight playoff contests, but is 3-for-8 with an RBI in that span.

Catcher Chris Gimenez made the Indians’ ALDS roster, but was left off the ALCS and World Series rosters. In the first round Cleveland opted to carry three catchers, but with Yan Gomes returning from injury and the strong play of Roberto Perez, the 2012 and 2013 Durham Bull will not appear in the Fall Classic.

All-DBAP Team: Shortstop Finalists

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After Evan Longoria took home All-DBAP Team honors at the Hot Corner last week, we’re down to our final infield position this week at shortstop. Of the three finalists, two spent considerable time in a Rays uniform, while the other is attempting to join the Big League club this spring.

After taking a glance at our finalists below, remember to vote for who you think is most-deserving of a spot on the All-DBAP Team by voting on the Bulls’ Facebook page. Simply leave a comment on Facebook with the name of your selection on the official finalist announcement post and you’re done!

Tim Beckham

Tim Beckham was the everyday shortstop for the 2013 Governors Cup champions

Tim Beckham, the first overall pick in the 2008 draft, has spent time with the Bulls in each of the past four seasons, despite entering this season at age 25. Since his promotion to Durham towards the end of the 2011 campaign, he’s appeared in 233 games for the Bulls, including 122 back in 2013 when he set a career-high with a .276 batting average. That season, he was the everyday shortstop for the Governors’ Cup champion team, while also swiping 17 bases. As a September call up that season, he appeared in five games for Tampa Bay, the only five games of his Major League career. His 2014 season was shortened considerably, after tearing his ACL prior to the start of the season.

Career Numbers with Durham: .266-15-96, 131 R in 233 games (2011-2014)

MLB Career: .429-0-1, 1 R in 5 games (2013)

B.J. Upton

BJ Upton was one of the IL's best players in 2005, hitting .303-18-74 with 44 steals

BJ Upton was one of the IL’s best players in 2005, hitting .303-18-74 with 44 steals

BJ Upton (who in case you missed it now goes by Melvin) spent parts of three seasons in the Bull City from 2004-2006. Over that span he was a dangerous combination of power and speed, cracking 38 homers and swiping 107 bases. In 2005 he totaled the third-most hits in a single season in Durham’s Triple-A history (165), the fourth-most runs (98) and the third-most stolen bases (44). He spent the first eight seasons of his big league career with Tampa Bay, before signing with Atlanta as a free agent prior to the 2013 season.

Career Numbers with Durham: .294-38-152, 236 R in 316 games (2004-2006, rehab in 2007)

MLB Career: .243-139-508, 636 R in 1,233 games (2004, 2006-2014)

Ben Zobrist

A quiet, consistent player, Ben Zobrist tallied 109 hits in 99 games in his Durham career

A quiet, consistent player, Ben Zobrist tallied 109 hits in 99 games in his Durham career

After he was traded by the Astros to the Rays for Aubrey Huff during the 2006 season, Ben Zobrist was the Ben Zobrist Rays fans came to love, as he was a productive, consistent, underrated player over parts of three seasons in Durham. Though he totaled fewer than 100 games with the Bulls he accumulated 109 hits, with 34 going for extra bases. Before he was traded to the A’s this offseason, “Zorilla” was a two-time All-Star with the Rays, while playing 150 games or more five times in in six full seasons at the major league level.

Career Numbers with Durham: .301-11-41, 69 R in 99 games (2006-2008)

MLB Career: .264-114-511, 565 R in 1,064 games (2006-2014)

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