Myrtle Beach picked up a potentially potent new bat in time for yesterday’s game, and then went on to win that game to tie up the best of five Carolina League Championship Series at one game apiece. They will now hit the road for the final three games of the series, or as many as are needed anyway.
Eugene was on the road to open the best of three Northwest League Championship Series, and thanks to some excellent pitching they picked up the win. Now the Emeralds need just one victory to win the league title, and they have two home games to do it in.
In other words, Eugene has a chance to clinch the title tonight.
- Jeremy Null: 4 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 3 K
- James Norwood: 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K
- Daniel Lewis: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 K
- Tommy Thorpe: 1 IP, 1 K
- Ryan McNeil: 1 IP, 1 H
- Charcer Burks: 1 for 4, HR, BB
- Donnie Dewees: 2 for 3, BB
- David Bote: 2 for 4, 2B, BB
- Eloy Jimenez: 1 for 3, 2 BB
- Jeffrey Baez: 2 for 4
- Erick Castillo: 2 for 4, 2B
- Jesse Hodges: 2 for 4
Best of Five Championship Series: Tied at 1-1
Next Game: Tuesday night in Lynchburg at 6:30 PM ET.
Matchup: Trevor Clifton (Myrtle Beach) against TBD
Clifton was very good in his playoff start against Salem on September 7, allowing just one run on five hits over six innings while striking out six. He will be pitching on normal rest and will be facing a Lynchburg team he held scoreless over six innings while striking out seven on August 30.
- Dylan Cease: 4 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K
- Michael Rucker: 3 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
- Dakota Mekkes: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K
- Darryl Wilson: 1 for 4, HR
- Yeiler Peguero: 1 for 3, HR, BB
- Chris Pieters: 1 for 4, HR
The Cubs’ fourth round pick in 2016 has a chance to pitch the Emeralds to their first Northwest League title. This will be the first start of the postseason for the 6’5″ Miller, and just fifth for Eugene (he also appeared in two games from the bullpen). He has not been overpowering for the Emeralds (5.56 K/9), but he has allowed just four walks in 22.2 innings. On August 22 he pitched 4.1 scoreless innings in a start against Everett, striking out a season high three in the process.
Ljay Newsome was a 26th round pick in 2015 who has had some problems keeping the ball in the yard this season. His HR/9 of 1.63 is somewhat offset by his solid strikeout (8.60 K/9) and walk (2.23 BB/9) rates, but could still present an opportunity for the Emeralds. He allowed no homers when he faced the Emeralds on Aug 22, holding them scoreless over 4 innings.
- Eugene scored all three of their runs on home runs. Unfortunately, Everett isn’t wired for video so we more or less have to imagine how those home runs looked. Five hundred feet sounds about right to me.
- I’ve been getting a lot of questions about Jake Stinnett lately. For those who are curious, he is on the 7-day disabled list for Myrtle Beach and has not pitched since August 15. I do not have any concrete information about his exact injury, though.
- We do have highlights from the Myrtle Beach win.