myrtle beach pelicans logoYesterday Trevor Clifton pitched his third straight very good game, striking out seven in five and a third scoreless innings for the Pelicans. That means Clifton, in his last three starts, has: 16.1 IP, 2 R, 13 H, 4 BB, 25 K. That is about as good as we could hope to see from this 21-year-old right hander, and it is pretty much exactly what we wanted to see before the season started.

If he keeps this up for a few more weeks, it isn’t impossible the Cubs will challenge him with a mid-season promotion to Tennessee, but I don’t expect that soon. For now we’ll watch to see if the hitters in the league adjust to Clifton.

I should also mention that Myrtle Beach has a pretty good home video feed. If you haven’t watched him pitch yet, you may want to add that to your to do list.



Triple A: Iowa Cubs

Iowa had the day off.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Birmingham 5, Tennessee 0
Not a good day for the bats or the gloves.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Winston-Salem 9, Myrtle Beach 5
Myrtle Beach 2, Winston-Salem 0
Crawford and Clifton both had very good days.

  • Zach Hedges: 1.2 IP, 7 R (5 ER), 7 H, 2 BB, 2 K
  • James Pugliese: 3.1 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 3 K
  • Daury Torrez: 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K
  • Trevor Clifton: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 K. Game Two.
  • Jose Rosario: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K. Game Two.
  • Rashad Crawford: 3 for 4, 2B, SB.
  • Yasiel Balaguert: 1 for 4, HR. Balaguert’s sixth homer was a grand slam.
  • Jeffrey Baez: 2 for 4, SB.
  • Daniel Lockhart: 3 for 3
  • Rashad Crawford: 2 for 3, 2 2B. Game Two.
  • Ian Happ: 0 for 1, 2 BB. SB. Game Two.
  • Yasiel Balaguert: 0 for 2, BB, SB. Game Two.
  • Daniel Lockhart: 1 for 3, HR. Game Two.


Low A: South Bend Cubs
Great Lakes 5, South Bend 4
The Cubs rallied in the ninth, but could only pull within one.

Other Notes

  • The Myrtle Beach Pelicans load a highlight video to YouTube after every home game, and that makes their channel worth subscribing to. The video¬†from yesterday, including some good Clifton pitches and the Balaguert grand slam, is below.




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