All three best-of-three series involving the Cubs affiliates will go the distance.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were darned by the Salem Red Sox, 5-1.
Starter Preston Morrison got victimized tonight by the Red Sox 3rd-ranked prospect Rafael Devers, who was 2 for 3 with a two-run home run and an RBI single. Morrison also allowed a solo home run to Jayce Ray. The final line on Morrison was five runs on nine hits in just 4.2 innings. Morrison walked one and struck out four.
Left fielder Charcer Burks scored the only Birds run when he singled in the fourth inning and later scored on a David Bote single. Burks was 2 for 4 with a double and Bote was 1 for 3 with a walk.
Shortstop Andrew Ely was 2 for 4.
They’ll play game three tomorrow night in Salem.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs calmed the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), 6-2.
Jose Paulino got the win after allowing just two runs on five hits over six innings. Paulino walked one and struck out two.
Casey Bloomquist tossed the final three innings, allowing just one hit. Bloomquist struck out two and walked no one.
DH Tyler Alamo broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning with a solo home run to left. Alamo also had an RBI double in the second inning. He was 2 for 3 with a walk.
First baseman Matt Rose broke the game open with a three-run home run in the seventh inning, a monster blast to left-center field and into the Kids Fun Zone. Rose was 1 for 4.
Right fielder Eddy Martinez was 3 for 4 and scored on the Alamo double in the second inning. Second baseman Carlos Sepulveda was 2 for 5 and scored once.
They’ll play the deciding game three tomorrow night in South Bend at 7:35. It would be great to hear some of you get out there.
The Eugene Emeralds jumped over the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 6-2.
Pedro Silverio shut the Hops down for five innings, allowing just two hits. He did walk four batters but he also struck out eight.
Duncan Robinson pitched the final four innings for the save. He did give up two runs, one earned, in the ninth. Robinson allowed four hits, but he didn’t walk anyone and he struck out two. He also got a pretty big double play in the ninth inning after one run was already in and two were on with no out.
The first three Ems hitters of the bottom of the first inning, D.J. Wilson, Yeiler Peguero and Chris Pieters all singled and the game was never really in doubt after that. Wilson was 3 for 4 with an RBI triple in the fourth inning to make it 6-0. Wilson also scored three times.
Peguero was 2 for 3 with a run scored and two RBI. Pieters was 2 for 3 with a sac fly and three RBI.
They’ll decide this series tomorrow night in Eugene.