"It's a big-time game. I expected nothing less out of myself and I hope nobody in the clubhouse expected anything less," Honeywell told MiLB.com. "It was just another start to me. I was capitalizing whenever I got ahead early and not letting guys hang around. I think that was the main thing."
Pacing the Bulls at the plate was No. 77 overall prospect Jake Bauers (Rays' No. 5), who went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and scored one run. It was the third straight multi-hit game for the 21-year-old outfielder, and he's now tied atop the International League postseason leaderboard with a .429 average and 12 hits.
Justin Williams (Rays' No. 10) also collected two hits in the game, his third since being promoted to Triple-A ahead of the finals. The 22-year-old outfielder has hit safely in all three contests while going 4-for-10 with two runs scored.
Durham and Scranton will now square off in Game 4 on Friday, with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV.
"There's nothing in that clubhouse that says we're not going to do this either tomorrow night or the next," Honeywell said.
The rest of the best performances from top prospects Thursday
• No. 19 overall prospect Mitch Keller (Pirates' No. 2) allowed two earned runs on four hits over 7 1/3 innings as Double-A Altoona defeated Trenton, 4-2, to win the Eastern League championship. He issued one walk, struck out eight and generated 11 ground-ball outs while throwing 67 of his 102 pitches for strikes. Keller posted a 1.10 ERA with a 0.49 WHIP and 12 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings between his two playoff starts, the first of which saw the 21-year-old right-hander record his first career complete game and shutout.
• No. 42 overall prospect Blake Rutherford (White Sox No. 4) did his part to keep Class A Kannapolis' season alive by going 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI as the Intimidators edged Greenville, 5-4, in a must-win Game 3 in the South Atlantic League finals. Alex Call (No. 25) plated a run with a groundout and later added an RBI triple to finish 1-for-5 with two RBIs and one run scored out of the leadoff spot. Kannapolis will attempt to even the best-of-five series in Game 4 on Friday.
• No. 92 overall prospect Tyler O'Neill (Cardinals' No. 4) was kept in the park but still went 1-for-5 to extend his postseason hitting streak to five games as Triple-A Memphis walked it off against Reno in the bottom of the 13th inning to take a 2-0 series lead in the Pacific Coast League finals. The 22-year-old outfielder is batting .294/.314/.735 through seven games in the playoffs, and he leads all hitters with four home runs and 11 RBIs.
• Astros No. 6 prospect Colin Moran boosted his postseason average to .414 with a two-hit game as Class A Quad Cities blanked Fort Wayne, 5-0, to take a 2-0 series lead in the best-of-five Midwest League finals. Playing for the River Bandits while on a Major League rehab assignment, the 24-year-old third baseman has collected a circuit-leading 12 hits in eight postseason contests.
• Rays No. 26 prospect Taylor Walls connected on a solo home run as part of a five-run top of the second inning that propelled Class A Short Season Hudson Valley to a 6-0 win over Vermont and a series sweep in the New York-Penn League finals. Walls, whom Tampa Bay selected in the third round in June, later added a run-scoring single in the eighth inning to finish the game 3-for-4 with a walk. He led all NYPL hitters in the postseason with a .450 average, nine hits and 14 total bases.