Mike Costanzo had a three-run homer and a single for four RBI, leading the Louisville Bats to an 8-4 win over the visiting Durham Bulls in the opener of their best-of-5 first-round series of the Governors’ Cup Playoffs.
All five of those players spent most of the season with the Carolina Mudcats.
Leslie Anderson led the defending national champion Bulls with a homer and a single for three RBI. J.J. Furmaniak added two hits for the Bulls.
Chad Reineke picked up the win for Louisville, with Richard De Los Santos taking the loss.
Game 2 is on Thursday night at Louisville Slugger Field, with the remainder of the series in Durham.
Bulls at Louisville, 6:05 p.m.
Aneury Rodriguez (R, 6-5, 3.80) vs. Tom Cochran (L, 0-0, 6.75)