With their 4-3 win last night, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans dismissed Winston-Salem from the playoffs and advanced to the best of five Carolina League Championship Series, or to give it the official name, the Mills Cup Championship Series.
For the fans in attendance, not only did they get to see the home team win and advance, they also got to watch Chicago right fielder Jorge Soler on a rehab assignment (who will stay with the team through tomorrow at least). Due to geographic considerations, it likely will not be very often that the Pelicans host rehabbing Chicago Cubs (Arizona, South Bend, Tennessee, and Iowa will get most of those), so the chance to watch one of the big young bats off the current roster was a very nice bonus to an already great game.
Performances of Note
- Soler smashed one on the ground pass the third baseman for a double and finished the game 1 for 2 with a walk. He took the place in the lineup of Mark Zagunis at the start of the game, but Zagunis still had time to hit a single after getting into the lineup later on.
- Chesny Young finished 2 for 4 for the only multi-hit game of the night. A Victor Caratini double was the only other extra base hit.
- Gleyber Torres committed his second error of the playoffs (he’s an 18 year old shortstop, nothing to worry about yet) and finished 1 for 3 at the plate with a stolen base.
- Jonathan Martinez gave up 2 runs, both in the third inning, on 4 hits over 6 innings. He struck out 3. David Garner allowed a run on a hit over the final 3 innings, striking out 4.
The Pelicans will have Saturday off as they travel up to Wilmington, Delaware to start the best of five finals against the Blue Rocks on Sunday. Game time is 5:05, and we do not yet have starting pitchers. After two games in Delaware, the Pelicans will return home to play the final three (or as many as are necessary) starting Tuesday.