Welcome to the minor league post season! Myrtle Beach is part of the Carolina League Championship Series, known as the Mills Cup. But before they were able to get there, the Pelicans had to prevail in a winner-take-all game on Friday, which featured the electric pitching of David Garner and clutch hitting by Chesny Young.
With all the details, the Down on the Farm Report gladly goes into overtime for the 2015 season.
High Class–A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans
It’s on to the Mills Cup as Myrtle Beach defeated Winston-Salem on Friday 4-3 to earn a spot in the Carolina League Championship. The Pelicans started ace Jonathan Martinez, who led the circuit in ERA and WHIP. Martinez was not at the top of his game, allowing two earned runs on a home run. Martinez uncharacteristically gave up five hits as he struck out three in six innings. David Garner was absolutely nasty coming out of the pen, striking out four consecutive batters at one point. Garner was charged with an unearned run as he went the long way for the three-inning save.
Myrtle Beach was hot out of the gate. Chesny Young (2-for-4 with an RBI) led off the game with a single and rehabbing Jorge Soler (1-for-2 with a double) doubled with one out. Jason Vosler (0-for-3 with a walk) walked to load the bases, and Victor Caratini (1-for-4 with a double and three RBI) cleared the bases with a double, scoring Young, Soler and Vosler. In the seventh inning, Gleyber Torres (1-for-3 with a stolen base) singled with one out and stole second. A base hit by Young drove in Torres with the insurance run.
Game One of the Mills Cup was a thriller, as Myrtle Beach was able to edge out Wilmington 3-2 in 10 innings on Sunday. Jen-Ho Tseng was impressive as the only run he allowed was a solo home run in the second inning. Tseng went on to pitch six innings, giving up three hits and a walk while striking out four batters. Michael Heesch ran into trouble for the second time in the playoffs, recording only one out before surrendering a single and a walk. Josh Conway was able to take Heesch off the hook, striking out two in 1.2 scoreless innings. Jasvir Rakkar also struggled as he failed to record an out, loading the bases with two hits and a walk that would lead to the tying run. David Berg made the most out of a bad situation, allowing the Pelicans to escape with just a tie game in the ninth before shutting down Wilmington in the 10th. Berg pitched two innings and struck out the final two batters of the game.
Behind 1-0 in the sixth, Chesny Young (1-for-3) and Pin-Chieh Chen (2-for-4) started the inning off with singles, with Young out after being hit by a batted ball. A double from Jorge Soler (1-for-4 with a double and an RBI) drove in Chen. Mark Zagunis (1-for-5 with an RBI) put the Pelicans ahead with a two-out single that scored Soler. Danny Lockhart (1-for-4 with a double) led off the 10th inning with a double, followed by a walk to Young. A sacrifice advanced the runners a base. Soler was intentionally walked. Victor Caratini (3-for-5 with an RBI) singled in Lockhart with what would be the winning run.
News and Notes
The Chicago Cubs sent OF Jorge Soler to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on a rehab assignment.