Carolina League Playoffs—Game 4—Myrtle Beach 5, Lynchburg 3
Myrtle Beach scored three times in the top of the seventh and clinched their second straight Carolina league title.
Hitting Recap: Pelicans grabbed a 2-1 lead in the third as LF Charcer Burks led off with a walk and took second on a ground out. After the Hillcats intentionally walked 1B David Bote, DH Eloy Jimenez delivered a RBI single to center to score Burks. After 2B Bryant Flete fanned, Jeffrey Baez’s grounder to short was mishandled, allowing Bote to score. In the top of the seventh, Burks led off with a walk and CF Donnie Dewees and Bote followed with singles to load the bases. A wild pitch scored Burks and Flete lifted a one-out single to left for a 4-3 lead. A throwing error by the Hillcats third baseman allowed Bote to score and gave the Pelicans an insurance run. Dewees finished 3-for-5 and hit .423 in the playoffs. Bote was named the Mills Cup MVP and finished 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. He hit .577 during the playoffs with nine RBI and five runs scored.
Pitching Chart: Preston Morrison had problems in the first as the first four hitters reached, the first run scoring on a RBI double from the second hitter. Morrison wiggled off the hook with a strikeout and 4-6-3 double play. After a 1-2-3 third, the Hillcats opened the third with a single and a two-run homer. Two more singles had Morrison in trouble but he retired the next three hitters to get out of another jam. That would be it for the right-hander, allowing seven hits and three runs with four strikeouts in the 44-pitch outing. RH James Pugliese was almost perfect. He worked a 1-2-3 fourth and fanned the side on 10 pitches in the fifth. Pugliese made it nine straight in the sixth and retired the side in order in the seventh. After putting down his 13th straight hitter, Pugliese allowed a double and ended the game-winning outing with seven strikeouts. LH Tommy Thorpe got the final two outs of the eighth and Ryan McNeil earned his second save, striking out the final hitter of the night to start the celebration.
Pelicans News: Myrtle Beach was the first team to win back-to-back title since the 1985-86 Winston-Salem Spirits, a Cubs affiliate. The ’85 team included Rich Amaral, Damon Berryhill, Drew Hall, Dave Martinez, Jamie Moyer and Rick Wrona and the ’86 team had Doug Dascenzo, Les Lancaster, Dave Palvas, Jeff Pico, Laddie Renfoe, Jeff Schwarz and Hector Villanueva. Ronaldo Roomes played on both teams.
Cubs trade Collmenter
According to reports, the Chicago Cubs traded RHP Josh Collmenter to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday for cash considerations. Collmenter was signed to a minor league deal by the Cubs in August after being released by Arizona after pitching in 200 games for Diamondbacks over six seasons. He appeared made four starts for AAA Iowa, going 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA.
Vogelbach makes MLB debut
Former Cubs prospect Daniel Vogelbach made his pro debut on Sept. 12 against the Angels as a pinch-hitter in the ninth, grounding into a force play. The Cubs second-round pick in 2012 got his first pro hit on Sept. 13, a single, in his first start in Anaheim, and finished the game 1-for-4. Vogelbach as traded to the Mariners in July in the deal that brought LHP Mike Montgomery to the North Side.