Today was all about the draft for me, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the young men already in their system.
Five Myrtle Beach Pelicans were selected to play in the Carolina League All-Star Game: pitchers Adbert Alzolay and Justin Steele, outfielders Eloy Jimenez and Daniel Spingola and second baseman Bryant Flete. Congratulations to all of them.
Had the day off for the draft. Or because they play in Nashville tomorrow.
The Tennessee Smokies were overrun by the Jackson Generals (Diamondbacks), 6-5.
Smokies starter Jen-Ho Tseng pitched six innings and allowed four runs, three earned, on four hits. Tseng did walk four and hit one batter. He struck out five.
David Garner entered the game with the score tied 5-5 to start the bottom of the ninth. He walked the first batter, balked him over to second and then gave up the walkoff RBI single without recording an out.
Third baseman Jason Vosler went 2 for 4 with one run batted in and one run scored. Second baseman David Bote was 2 for 3 with a walk and one RBI.
With the loss, the Smokies have fallen a game and a half behind the Lookouts for first place in the division.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans unlocked the Frederick Keys (Orioles), 5-4.
Ryan Kellogg pitched the first five innings and surrendered four runs on ten hits, two of which were solo home runs. One of the four runs was unearned. Kellogg walked one and struck out one.
Scott Effross too the win with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. Effross allowed four hits, but he didn’t walk anyone. He did not strike anyone out, either.
Jordan Minch faced the final two batters of the game and retired both of them for his first save. Minch did not have a strikeout.
Second baseman Bryant Flete hit a two-run double in the seventh inning that gave the Pelicans a 5-4 lead. Flete was 1 for 4.
Shortstop Trent Giambrone was 2 for 3 and scored once.
The win was the 10th for the Pelicans in their last 11 games. Their magic number to clinch the first-half division title is now three with six games to play.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs were coo’led off by the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 7-1.
Starter Bryan Hudson took the loss after surrendering four runs on eight hits in just 3.1 innings. Hudson walked two and struck out two.
Shortstop Zach Short had a pair of doubles in a 2 for 4 game.
Third baseman Isaac Paredes went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. He scored once.
Catcher Tyler Payne went 2 for 4.