Carolina League Playoffs—Southern Divison—Game 2—Myrtle Beach 4, Winston-Salem (White Sox) 3
Brad Markey took a no-hitter into the eighth and Myrtle Beach survived a ninth inning scare to even the best-of-three series with Winston-Salem.
In the Box: Pin-Chieh Chen had a big night at the plate , delivering a pair of RBI with singles in the fifth and sixth......3B Jason Vosler gave the Pelicans a 1-0 lead in the third with a RBI single, following singles by Chen and Mark Zagunis......Chesny Young scored twice and knocked in the first run in the sixth with a RBI single, scoring Jeffrey Baez on a close play at the plate.....Baez went 2-for-4.
Pitching Chart: Brad Markey saved his best performance of the year for the biggest game. The Cubs 19th round pick last year took a no-hitter into the 8th before a doubled ended history. An error by Gleyber Torres with two outs allowed a run to score. Markey only needed 92 pitches to get through eight innings, throwing 63 for strikes while recording eight strikeouts. He walked one and had a game score of 85......Michael Heesch started the ninth but didn’t retire a hitter, allowing a leadoff single and walking the next two hitters to load the bases........Jasvir Rakkar warmed up but never threw a pitch before the game went into a rain delay. ....After 2 hours and 44 minutes, David Berg took the mound and got two ground balls outs as the Dash cut the lead to 4-3. The side-winder fanned the final hitter to preserve the win and force a winner take all game on Friday night.
Pelicans Notes: The Pelicans drew 4,003 fans, the largest playoff crowd to see a Myrtle Beach playoff game, breaking the record of 3,308 set in 2000.
Arizona Fall League News
Several Cubs prospects are on their way to Arizona to begin Arizona Fall League preparations and continue rehab worked.
OF Billy McKinney tweeted he was on his way back to Arizona on Thursday. The 21-year-old missed the final three weeks of the season after fouling a ball off his knee and breaking his knee cap.
LHP Rob Zastryzny, who will be pitching in the Arizona Fall League and suffered a broken bone in his foot early in the season, also tweeted he was Arizona bound.
Zastryzny along with right-handed pitchers Corey Black, Pierce Johnson, and David Garner; and position players C Willson Contreras, 3B Jeimer Candelario, OF Mark Zagunis, and C Cael Brockmeyer will all play for the Mesa Solar Sox in the AFL. The season starts Oct. 13 and Mesa’s home games are at Sloan Park, the home of the Cubs spring training facility.
Cubs fall instructs starts on Sept. 21 and those attending include recent draft picks and young international prospects as well as those making apposition switch. Jason McLeod, the Cubs Director of Scouting and Minor League Development, said earlier this year first-round pick Ian Happ would be working at second base during the fall instructs. In recent years the Cubs have played games against other Arizona-based teams but last year only inter-squad games were played.
Other opening days for the winters leagues are Venezuelan, Oct. 9; Mexican, Oct 10; Dominican, Oct. 16; and Puerto Rican, Oct. 30.