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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.

A Look Back: Rays Trade Shields, Davis to Royals for Prospects

On December 9, 2012 the baseball world was rocked when the Tampa Bay Rays traded RHP James Shields, RHP Wade Davis and a Player to be Named Later (INF Elliot Johnson) to the Kansas City Royals for four prospects in OF Wil Myers, RHP Jake Odorizzi, LHP Mike Montgomery and INF Patrick Leonard. With two full seasons since the trade, let’s take a look at how each player has performed since being dealt.

Rays Acquisitions:

OF Wil Myers: At the time of the trade, Myers was ranked the No. 3 prospect in the Minors by MLB.com, coming off a season in which he hit 37 home runs between Double-A and Triple-A. He began the 2013 season with Durham before a mid-June promotion to Tampa Bay, and he went on to win the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year award despite playing just 88 games. In 2014 he was slowed by injuries, appearing in just 87 contests for Tampa Bay while making seven rehab appearances for the Bulls.

RHP Jake Odorizzi: Like Myers, Odorizzi was a big piece of the deal as he finished the 2012 season as the No. 30 prospect in the Minors on MLB.com’s list. The 2013 season saw Odorizzi post a solid 9-6 season with a 3.33 ERA with the Bulls, and this year he spent all of 2014 with the Rays after winning the battle for the team’s 5th starter out of Spring Training. In his first full season in the Majors, the 24-year-old went 11-13 with a 4.13 ERA while striking out 174 batters in 168.0 innings.

LHP Mike Montgomery: After a 2013 season that saw him go 7-8 with a 4.72 ERA for the Bulls, Montgomery rebounded with a 10-5 campaign in 2014. The southpaw opened the season on a tear, going 9-1 over his first 17 starts en route to being named an International League Midseason All-Star. He’s currently on Tampa Bay’s 40-Man Roster but is still looking to make his Major League debut.

INF Patrick Leonard: This season Leonard enjoyed a breakout year hitting .284-13-58 en route to being named Advanced-A Charlotte’s Team MVP. Just 21, his .448 slugging percentage was third-best in the Florida State League while going a perfect 14-for-14 in stolen base attempts in just his third professional season.

Royals Acquisitions:

 RHP James Shields: “Big Game James” was already a household name when the deal was completed, racking up an 87-73 mark over seven seasons in Tampa Bay. The right-hander has gone 27-17 in his first two seasons with the Royals, helping them to their first postseason and World Series berths since 1985.

RHP Wade Davis: Davis spent parts of three seasons with the Rays as a starter before converting to a reliever in 2012. He moved back into the rotation in 2013 and struggled in his first season in Kansas City, going 8-11 with a 5.32 ERA. This year he reverted back to the bullpen though and was one of the best relievers in baseball, going 9-2 while posting an ERA of 1.00 in 71 appearances, anchoring the eighth inning for the American League champs.

INF Elliot Johnson: Though the initial trade was completed in December of 2012, Johnson didn’t join the Royals organization until February 2013 as the Player to be Named Later. After appearing in 79 games with Kansas City that season, Atlanta picked him up off waivers in August for the remainder of the season. Prior to the 2014 season Johnson signed a deal with Cleveland and spent the majority of the season for Triple-A Columbus, and was granted his release at the end of September.