Myrtle Beach and Eugene punch ticket to league finals

Myrtle Beach and Eugene advanced to the finals while South Bend’s game was suspended by rain tied at 3-3 in the top of the eighth.

Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 2, Salem 1

Donnie Dewees scored on a wild pitch in the top of the eighth and the Pelicans advanced to the finals

Hitting Recap: With the game tied at 1-1 in the top of the eighth, CF Donnie Dewees reached on an one-out single and took second on a wild pitch. A walk to 3B David Bote and an infield single by 1B Yasiel Balaguert loaded the bases. After DH Ian Rice popped out to second, Dewees scored on the second wild pitch of the inning. The Pelicans tied the game in the seventh when RF Jeffrey Baez led off with a single, took second on a sacrifice bunt from SS Andrew Ely and scored on pinch-hitter Daniel Spingola’s single to left. Pelicans had seven hits in the win, two from Bote.

Pitching Chart: RH Duane Underwood blanked the Red Sox over the first four frames but three straight singles to open the fifth gave Salem a 1-0 lead. Underwood was able to work out of the jam without any more damage and finished with a line of 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 B, 5K. Tommy Thorpe worked a scoreless sixth and gave up a single and a walk in the seventh with one out. Tommy Nance stopped that rally with a ground out and a fly out. Nance surrendered a double, a sacrifice bunt and a walk in the eighth before handing the ball over to Ryan McNeil, who led the Carolina League with 22 saves. The right-hander worked out of the jam in the eighth and tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to start the celebration.

Pelicans News: Not much time to celebrate for the Pelicans as they host Lynchburg in the best of five series on Saturday night. Erick Leal takes the mound for Myrtle Beach.

Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 3, West Michigan 3—Suspended in top of the 8th

Rain halted play in the top of the eight with the game tied at 3-3. The game will be resumed at 4:05 p.m. EST on Saturday with the winner advancing to the Eastern Conference finals to face the winner of Great Lakes and Bowling Green.

Hitting Recap: Cubs drew first blood in the second when DH Tyler Alamo reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a triple by CF Connor Myers. They upped their advantage to 3-0 in the fourth with three extra base hits with two outs—a triple by 3B Vimael Machin and back-to-back doubles from Alamo and Myers. Cubs had seven hits when play was suspended, two each from Alamo, Machin and Myers.

Pitching Chart: RH Adbert Alzolay blanked the Whitecaps over the first four frames but a dropped pop up by Machin to lead off the fifth opened the door for West Michigan. After an out, three straight hits cut the lead to 3-2. Alzolay issued a walked and a single to start the sixth and handed the ball to LH John Williamson. A sacrifice bunt and a squeeze bunt tied the game at 3-3. Williamson allowed a double to open the seventh and retired the next two hitters before Pedro Araujo was summoned from the bullpen. The right-hander got the final out of the inning but allowed a leadoff single to start the eighth before rain halted play.

Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene 2, Hillsboro 1

Erling Moreno and three relievers held Hillsboro to one run as Eugene advanced to the finals of the Northwest League for the first time since 2000.

Hitting Recap: Eugene took a 1-0 lead in the first when 2B Yeiler Peguero walked, took third on a single by Chris Pieters and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by 3B Wladimir Galindo. Eugene grabbed the lead for good in the third as Peguero walked, took second on a single from Pieters, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a ground out to short by Galindo. Ems only had six hits in the win, two each from Pieters and LF Kevonte Mitchell.

Pitching Chart: 19-year-old Erling Moreno got the start in the deciding game and held the Hops to one run over five innings. The Colombian native allowed six hits and three walks while striking out seven for a game score of 56. The Ems bullpen saved the day. RH Jed Carter worked a scoreless sixth and RH Michael Knighton added 1.2 frames of shutout ball. LH Wyatt Short recorded the final four outs for the saves. 

Emeralds Notes: Eugene heads to Everett for the opening game of the Northwest League finals on Sunday with  a 6:05 p.m.local start. The best-of-three series moves back to PK Park on Monday night.



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