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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


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.

Catching You Up on What You Definitely Missed

If you’ve been trying to keep up with all the Durham Bulls roster moves the last few days, and you just haven’t quite been able to figure it out, we don’t blame you. The term “revolving door” is fairly appropriate for the guys that have been coming and going (and in some instances coming back) from the Durham clubhouse, so we want to do our part to help you understand who has come and gone from the roster, and what each move exactly means.

Some things/terms to keep in mind:

  • 25-man roster: In both the Major Leagues and Triple-A, teams cannot have more than 25 players on their active roster. For example, a team could have 28 players on their roster in total, but three would have to be in inactive (Disabled List, Suspended, etc.)
  • 40-man roster: The 40-man is composed of all the players in a Major League club’s organization who are signed to a major-league contract. These are the players who are able to be called up to the 25-man roster at any given time. Also on the 40-man are any players on the 15-day disabled list and minor league players who are signed to a major-league contract but are on an “optional assignment” to the minors. Players who are on the 60-day DL or are suspended are taken off the 40-man roster until their injury time or suspension has concluded. A player can be moved back-and-forth between the Major and Minor Leagues an unlimited amount of times over a three-year span, but after those three seasons a player is considered to be “Out of Options” and must be placed on and clear waivers prior to being sent down to the minor league (we’ll handle that in some other post).

So, with all of that being said, let’s take our wacky week of transactions to get you caught up on the current Bulls roster, but also to help explain what roster moves actually mean.

KEY: Underline: Date of transaction     Bold: Roster move     Italics: Our explanation of what it means

Sunday, May 25

RHP Alex Colome reinstated from Restricted List and assigned to Durham

Alex Colome was suspended for the first 50 games of the season for testing positive for a PED. His suspension ended Sunday, and he was added to the Durham Bulls roster.

RHP Juan Sandoval released from Tampa Bay Rays organization

In order to make room on the Bulls 25-man active roster for the addition of Colome, the Rays opted to release Juan Sandoval from the organization


Monday, May 26

RHP Alex Colome recalled by Tampa Bay

Rays OF Brandon Guyer was placed on the 15-day Disabled List Monday, meaning the Rays had an open roster spot. To fill that spot, they recalled Colome from the Bulls roster. “Recall” is the term used for when a player on the Major League club’s 40-man roster is promoted to the Bigs.

RHP Doug Mathis transferred to Durham from Extended Spring Training

In order to fill the void on the roster left by Colome’s departure, Doug Mathis rejoined the Durham roster


Tuesday, May 27

C Ali Solis had contract selected by Tampa Bay

With starting catcher Ryan Hanigan battling a nagging injury, the Rays opted to promote C Ali Solis to the Majors. His “contract was selected” because unlike Colome, Solis was not on the 40-man roster. In order to be eligible to play for a Major League club, a player must be on the 40-man roster, so therefore Solis’ contract was selected, thus making him eligible to play for the Rays. In a side-note, LHP Matt Moore was transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL to make room for Solis on the 40-man roster.

C Mayo Acosta transferred to Durham from Extended Spring Training

In order to fill the void on the roster left by Colome’s departure, Mayo Acosta rejoined the Durham roster

RHP Alex Colome optioned to Durham from Tampa Bay

When a player on the 40-man roster is sent down to the Minors, he is “optioned” to the minor league club. 


Wednesday, May 28

OF Kevin Kiermaier recalled by Tampa Bay

With Ryan Hanigan placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday, the Rays recalled Kevin Kiermaier to fill the open slot on their roster

INF Robby Price transferred to Durham from Extended Spring Training

In order to fill the void on the roster left by Colome’s departure, Robby Price rejoined the Durham roster


Confused yet? We thought so. Such is the world of Triple-A baseball.