Pelicans drop opener

A pair of homers in the first inning powered Winston-Salem past Myrtle Beach in the first game of the Carolina League Southern Division playoffs. Plus a look at the two Cubs prospects selected in the Dominican Winter League draft.

Winston-Salem takes playoff opener 4-2
Winston-Salem hit back-to-back homers in the first inning and beat Myrtle Beach in the first gem of the best-of-three series on Wednesday night.

In the Box: Only five hits for the Pelicans as they went 0-for-4 with RISP and stranded three......They scored in the third when Jacob Rogers singled, advanced to third on a double by Jeffrey Baez, and scored on a groundout by Chesny Young......The Cubs other run came in the 8th when SS Gleyber Torres homered over the left field wall. Baez finished 2-for-3 and Victor Cartini added a single.

Pitching Chart: Duane Underwood (6-3, 2.41 ERA, 14 GS, 73.1 IP, 24 BB, 48 K, 1.04 WHIP) got the start, his fourth since returning from a two-month stint on the DL. The Dash got all the runs they would need on back-to-back homers in the first, plating three runs. They added a run in the fifth on a leadoff double, followed by a RBI single. He finished the night with a line of 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K. ......Josh Conway (2-2, 2.94 ERA, 34 G, 52.1 IP, 31 BB, 49 K, 1.53 WHIP) gave up a pair of one-out single but coaxed a double play groundout to end the 7th..... James Farris (0-4, 17 G, 17.2 IP, 9 BB, 17 K, 1.64 WHIP) allowed a walk and a single in the 8th but fanned the final hitter of the innings, his second of the frame, to get out of the jam.

Pelicans Notes: The series returns to Myrtle Beach on Thursday night as the Pelicans send Brad Markey (7-0, 1.35 ERA) to the mound. Markey was named the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week for the final week of the season.

Box Score and Game Story

Encarnacion, Santana taken in DWL draft
Pitcher Alex Santana (11th round-Cibao) and outfielder Kevin Encarnacion (15th round-Escogido) were selected in the Dominican Winter League draft held Wednesday night.

Santana, a 6-foot-1 right-hander reliever, went 2-3 with a 4.25 ERA in 20 games between Eugene and South Bend. The 21-year-old tossed 29.2 IP with a 1.21 WHIP, 28 K, 12 BB and a .220 BAA. Santana was signed as a free agent in 2010 and spent the last two seasons pitching in the Arizona Rookie League.

Encarnacion returned to the diamond after a car accident almost claimed his life and caused him to miss the entire 2014 season. After starting the 2015 season still on the DL, the 23-year-old made his debut for South Bend on May 27 as a pinch-hitter on May 27 and went 2-for-3 with the next day in his first start. The switch-hitter batted .276/.345/.376 with 3 HR and 17 RBI in 210 at-bats. Encarnacion was signed by the Cubs in 2010 and played two season in the DSL before making his stateside debut in 2013, leading Northwest League with a .355 average.

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