Things are looking good for some Cubs’ affiliates in the minor league playoffs. Both Eugene and Myrtle Beach clinched berths in their respective league championships. Meanwhile, in South Bend, they will complete their final opening round series today, weather permitting, starting at the top of the eighth inning. South Bend’s game was suspended due to rain.
1. Trevor Clifton shut down the Salem Red Sox on Wednesday with a six inning, 3 hit, and one run gem. Clifton looked vicious attacking the zone early and used all three of his pitches to keep hitters off balance. He struck out 6 and only walked one on the night.
2. Duane Underwood was moved from South Bend to Myrtle Beach in his rehab and he made his second start for the Pelicans on Friday. He gave up one run over five innings and left the game trailing by one.
3. The Bullpens of all three team have been fantastic all week. In the Eugene series, Hillsboro had men on all night but the Emeralds pen was able to coax double plays and get out of it. The same is true in Myrtle Beach and South Bend. On Thursday night, Casey Bloomquist pitched three scoreless for South Bend while Duncan Robinson did not allow an earned run in four innings for Eugene.
4. Erling Moreno’s curveball was a thing of beauty on Friday as it baffled Hillsboro hitters all night long.
5. For most of the year, Pedro Silverio had an ERA of 6+ for Eugene. In August, it sank into the 4s. On Thursday, he pitched his best game of the year. He did not allow a run while walking four. The highlight stat of the night was that he struck out 8!
6. David Bote and Jeffrey Baez both went 2 for 5 with 2 RBIs on Tuesday.
7. Tyler Alamo’s bat woke up with a go-ahead home run on Thursday and 2 runs so far in the suspended game. Hopefully, when it his turn again today, his hot streak will continue.
9. The top of Ems’ lineup seems to be waking up. DJ Wilson, Yeiler Peguero, Chris Pieters and Wladimir Galindo, who drove in both runs last night, have regained their mid-season form.
10. Matt Rose just crushed a ball on Thursday putting the game out of reach with a 3 run shot that might be still going somewhere in Michigan.
South Bend will resume its suspended game at 3 central. The winner advances to the Midwest League semis to take on the winner of Great Lakes on Bowling Green starting tomorrow.
Myrtle Beach starts the Mills Cup at home tonight versus Lynchburg, a very good team in the Indians organization. It is a best of 5 series. Erick Leal will take the bump tonight for the Pelicans.
Eugene, meanwhile, begins their series (2 of 3) against Everett tomorrow at 8 central in Everett. The series concludes in Eugene on Monday, and if necessary, Tuesday in Eugene as well. Dylan Cease will likely start Sunday or Monday for Eugene. That should be very exciting.