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.
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.