Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans lost to the Lynchburg Hillcats (Indians), 4-3 in 12 innings in game one of the best-of-five Mills Cup Finals.
The Pelicans fell behind 2-0 after starter Erick Leal allowed a run in both the second and third innings. Leal’s final line was two runs on seven hits over five innings. Leal struck out six and walked one.
Daury Torrez replaced Leal and was brilliant, throwing three perfect innings and striking out four.
Scott Effross was almost as good. He pitched three innings of relief and retired the first seven batters, giving Myrtle Beach pitchers a streak of 18 straight batters retired. But the eighth batter that Effross faced, Anthony Santander, hit a solo home run to give the Hillcats a 3-2 lead. Effross struck out three in his three innings.
But the Pelicans were able to tie it up in the bottom of the 11th when Charcer Burks led off the inning with a walk, was bunted over to second base and scored on a David Bote single. But James Pugliese, who came on to start the 12th, let the first two batters reach on a walk and a single. The next Hillcats hitter laid down a bunt that third baseman Jesse Hodges made a bad throw on, allowing the runner on second to score when the batter and the first baseman collided.
Pugliese got out of the inning with no further damage after a strikeout and a double play. The Pelicans were unable to answer again in the bottom of the inning.
Both Pelicans runs came in the sixth inning. One run scored on a controversial play with no outs and the bases loaded. Andrew Ely hit a sinking liner that was ruled a catch and not a trap. Bote would score from third on the play, but Ian Rice would be doubled off of second as he thought the ball had fallen in.
Bote was 4 for 5 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI. Ely was 2 for 4 with a double and the sac fly.
Right fielder Jeffrey Baez was 2 for 5 with a walk.
The Pelicans and Hillcats will play game 2 tomorrow in Myrtle Beach at 5:05 Central time.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs fell to the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), 4-3 in ten innings. South Bend loses the series 2 games to 1 and their season is now over.
This game was started yesterday by Adbert Alzolay, who pitched five innings and allowed three runs on five hits in five innings and in a driving rain. One of the three runs was unearned. Alzolay walked two and struck out four.
The game continued until the eighth inning when it was finally suspended with no outs and a man on first in the top of the inning. Pedro Araujo only faced two batters before the rains came, so he started the action today as well. Araujo pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball, allowing just that one hit before the game was suspended. He walked one and struck out four.
Araujo gave way to Jared Cheek to pitch the tenth. Cheek walked the first batter and after a sacrifice bunt moved the runner to second base, Cheek gave up an RBI single to Jose Azocar that would turn out to be the difference in the game.
DH Tyler Alamo was 2 for 4 with a double. He scored twice and had one RBI. Center fielder Connor Myers was 2 for 4 with a double, a triple and two RBI.
Third baseman Vimael Machin was 2 for 3 with a triple and a walk. He scored one run.
They start their best-of-three Northwest League Championship Series tomorrow night in Everett at 8:05 Central time.