Carolina League Championship—Game—Myrtle Beach 3, Wilmington (Royals) 2
Pen-Chieh Chen’s walk-off infield single with the base loaded in the bottom of the ninth gave Myrtle Beach the sweep of Wilmington and the Carolina League championship.
In the Box: Pelicans won the title in the ninth with two outs as Pin-Chieh Chen’s slow roller between third and short got through for an infield single. Mark Zagunis led off the ninth with a single and Jason Vosler walked on four pitches Gleyber Torres sacrificed both runners and after Daniel Lockhart filed out to short left, the Blue Rocks intentionally walked the Carolina League batting champ, Chesny Young to load the base.
Victor Caratini, named the playoffs MVP after hitting .474 in six games with seven RBI, got the Pelican on the board in the first with a sacrifice fly, scoring Young, who led off with a walk, took second on Chen’s single, and advanced to third on Jorge Soler’s deep fly ball to center.
The Pelicans took a 2-0 lead in the second when Gleyber Torres drew a two-out walk, stoles second, and trotted home on Daniel Lockhart’s double into the right field corner. Lockhart only had two hits in the finals but both doubles figured in the scoring.
Chen ended the night 3-for-5 and hit .385 in the playoffs, with a tam-high 10 hits. Caratini added a double and a single. Soler is likely headed back to the Chicago and hit .231 in the six playoff games.
Pitching Chart: Duane Underwood, who spent two months on the DL with an elbow injury, blanked the Blue Rocks for six innings, fanning a season-high seven hitters. The fourth-year pro retired the first five hitters before back-to-back singles. Underwood got the final out and after two runners reached in the third, fanned five straight. A single was wiped out in the fifth when Caratini gunned down the runner stealing second and the Blue Rocks stranded a leadoff hit-batter in the sixth. Underwood threw 85 pitches, 54 for strikes and had a game score of 65.
David Garner issued a pair of one-out walks in the seventh but got a fly out and a strikeout to end the threat. The right-hander struckout out the side in the 8th, all swinging and threw 33 pitches. The 22-year-old fanned four in three scoreless frames against Winston-Salem in the Southern Division playoffs.
David Berg, the Cubs sixth-round pick in June, got the save in Game 2 and collected his second win of the finals, despite getting changed with a blown save in the 9th. A leadoff single, a sacrifice bunt and another hit up the middle tied the game in the ninth. Berg coaxed a double play grounder to end the inning.
Pelicans News: The Pelicans placed C Cael Brockmeyer on the disabled list and activated Of Trey Martin. Brockmeyer was scheduled to get the start in Game 3 but was a late scratch from the lineup and placed on the DL.