More awards are coming in for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Manager Mark Johnson was named Manager of the Year and Chesny Young and Mark Zagunis were named to the Year-End All-Star Team.
The Iowa Cubs swept a doubleheader from the Sacramento River Cats (Giants), winning game one 5-1 and taking the second game 2-1 in 12 innings.
In game one, Eric Jokisch pitched a seven-inning complete game, allowing just one run in the seventh inning. Jokisch allowed five hits and issued one walk. He struck out two.
Third baseman Mike Olt hit a solo home run in the fifth inning, his ninth home run of the season. Olt was 3 for 4 and had two total RBI.
Second baseman Javier Baez was 2 for 4 and scored once. Left fielder Adron Chambers was 2 for 3.
In game two, seven Iowa pitchers combined to throw a twelve-inning two-hitter. Starter Frank Batista pitched the first four innings and he gave up a single and a walk, both in the second inning. Batista struck out three.
After the second inning, Sacramento only had two more baserunners the rest of the game. Unfortunately, one of them was a solo home run in the seventh inning allowed by Rafael Soriano. The other was a two-out walk in the tenth inning against Yoervis Medina.
Just to give credit for all the pitchers in this magnificent effort, Armando Rivero pitched one inning and struck out one. Trevor Cahill pitched one inning and struck out two. Soriano pitched one inning and struck out one. Blake Cooper pitched two perfect innings without recording a strikeout. Medina had two strikeouts in his two innings and Ryan Buchter pitched a perfect top of the 12th and got the win while striking out two.
First baseman Christian Villanueva had a walkoff bloop single in the bottom of the 12th, scoring John Andreoli from third. Villanueva was 2 for 6. Andreoli was 1 for 6 after leading off the 12th inning with a double.
Catcher Taylor Teagarden was 2 for 5. Center fielder Quintin Berry was 2 for 3 with a walk and an RBI single in the second inning.
By sweeping the doubleheader, Iowa cut Oklahoma City's lead in the division to five games with ten games to play. Fortunately, the I-Cubs start a five-game series at Oklahoma City on Monday. They probably need to sweep that. At least take 4 of 5.
The Tennessee Smokies eclipsed the Jacksonville Suns (Marlins), 5-3.
Smokies starter Pierce Johnson went seven innings and allowed just one run on five hits. Johnson struck out eight and walked three.
Corey Black pitched the eighth inning and got into trouble, giving up two runs and the lead. But with the bases loaded and two outs, Starling Peralta was summoned from the bullpen and he got former Cubs farmhand Chadd Krist to fly out to end the threat. Peralta then got the win when the Smokies responded with three runs in the bottom of the eighth.
P.J. Francescon pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 22nd save.
Shortstop Ryan Dent hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth that turned out to be the game-winner. But that was Dent's second home run of the game, because he had earlier hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. Dent was a perfect 4 for 4 in tonight's game. He now has five home runs this season, four of which came with the Smokies
Second baseman Stephen Bruno had a pair of doubles in a 2 for 4 game. He scored twice.
Center fielder Albert Almora was 2 for 3 with a stolen base. He was intentionally walked once.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans beat the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals), 1-0 on a 12th inning walkoff home run by third baseman Jason Vosler.
Starter Paul Blackburn only pitched the first two innings. He allowed one hit. He walked one and struck out one.
Tyler Ihrig pitched the next five innings and gave up four hits. Ihrig walked two and struck out six.
Michael Heesch faced nine batters in his three innings of work and retired all nine, five of them by strike out.
Finally, David Berg pitched the 11th and 12th inning and got his first Pelicans win. Berg allowed one hit. He walked two and struck out two.
Vosler's home run was his tenth of the season and sixth with the Pelicans. He was 1 for 4 with a walk.
Center fielder Pin-Chieh Chen was 3 for 5.
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While the Winston-Salem Dash only have a 3.5 game lead over eight games to go, because the Pelicans already made the playoff by virtue of winning the first half, the Dash clinched the second playoff spot over third-place Carolina. The Pelicans and Dash will play each other in the first round of the Carolina League playoffs.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs were caged by the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers) 15-0.
The Eugene Emeralds were jumped over by the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 3-0.
Ems starter Kyle Miller pitched three scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and one walk. He struck out two.
Casey Bloomquist took the loss after allowing a run on a hit and a walk over three innings of relief. Bloomquist struck out four.
Left fielder Eloy Jimenez was 2 for 4 with a double.
With the win, the rookie ball Cubs made the playoffs. They'll play a one-game playoff on Monday. If they win that, they'll get to play one more one-game playoff for the Arizona League title.