The Pelicans took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five Mills Cup Championship Series with a 2-0 win. Tyler Skulina and Victor Caratini saved their best for the playoffs as each played a big role in a Monday night victory.
The series resumes Wednesday (6:05pm CDT) at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.
Duane Underwood Jr. is scheduled to face Alec Mills in game three.
If games four and five are needed, Brad Markey (Thursday) and Jonathan Martinez (Friday) are the Pelicans’ probable starters.
High Class–A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Pelicans came at Wilmington in waves on Monday as the pitching staff shut out the Blue Rocks 2-0. Tyler Skulina was given the start and allowed only one hit while striking out six in five innings. Starter Daury Torrez came out of the pen and labored through two innings, but kept Wilmington off the board. Torrez had a strikeout and yielded two hits and a walk. Myrtle Beach then threw a change at Wilmington, as soft-tossing lefty Tyler Ihrig dazzled the Blue Rocks, striking out two and giving up a hit in an inning.
Working on back-to-back nights, closer David Berg induced three ground outs in the ninth for his second save of the playoffs.
The Myrtle Beach offense kept their pitchers on their toes as the Pelicans continued to struggle to put up runs. Pin-Chieh Chen (2-for-4) continued his hot post-season. Chen singled with one out in the first inning. A two out double by Victor Caratini (2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI) drove in Chen, but the Pelicans failed to capitalize any further. The offense managed just two more hits over the next seven innings until Chen led off the ninth with a base hit. Jorge Soler (1-for-4) followed with a single. For the second time on the evening, Caratini doubled to bring in Chen, but Soler was thrown out at the plate.
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