Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/14/16
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Short Season Class-A – Eugene Emeralds
Looking to close out their Northwest League Championship Series on Monday, Eugene fell flat as they lost 7-1 to Everett. Tyson Miller had a rough time as he allowed four runs (two earned) and had two strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Tyler Peitzmeier did not fare much better as he gave up two earned runs in 1.2 innings. Bryan Hudson picked up the slack as he yielded an earned run in four innings. A sacrifice fly allowed Wladimir Galindo (3-for-4 with a double) to score in the second inning for the Ems only run.
The best pitching team vanquished the best hitting team as Eugene beat Everett 2-1 on Tuesday for the Northwest League Championship! Northwest League Pitcher of the Year Manuel Rondon kept the best offense at bay as he allowed an earned run and struck out three in five innings. Rondon was aided by a key defensive play, as Kevonte Mitchell gunned down a runner at home plate. Duncan Robinson continued to thwart the Aqua Sox as he tossed two scoreless innings. Michael Knighton received help as the Emeralds turned their third double play of the night in a shutout eighth. Wyatt Short, who has not given up an earned run in his professional career, got a strikeout and two ground outs to slam the door.
On a 0-2 count, Kevonte Mitchell (2-for-3 with an RBI) lined a single into left to bring in Wladimir Galindo (1-for-4) with the game’s first run in the second inning. Answering Everett’s tying run in the fifth, Yeiler Peguero (1-for-4) singled in Robert Garcia (0-for-3) to put the Emeralds ahead for good.
High Class–A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans
There may not be a more dominant performance than Myrtle Beach received from Trevor Clifton on Tuesday, as they defeated Lynchburg 7-0 and took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. Clifton was in almost total control, allowing only three hits and striking out five in six innings, as the Hillcats did not get a runner past second base on Clifton. Tommy Nance was equally effective, as he fanned five in two innings. Scott Effross finished up with a walk and strikeout in the ninth.
The Pelicans broke the game open in the sixth inning when Charcer Burks (2-for-3 with a double and an RBI) and Donnie Dewees (2-for-3 with an RBI) scored on a wild pitch and error. Jeffrey Baez (2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI) tripled in Ian Rice (0-for-3). A double from David Bote (2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI) drove in Burks in the first and Bryant Flete (1-for-4 with a triple) tripled and came home on a sacrifice fly in the third inning. In the seventh, it was Flete scoring on another sacrifice fly and Bote plating Burks with a double.