*Myrtle Beach faces Lynchburg on Tuesday night in Game 3 of the best of five Mills Cup Championship. The series is tied at one win apiece. Right-hander Trevor Clifton is scheduled to start. Myrtle Beach is trying to become the first back to back outright league champion since Winston-Salem did so in 1984-85. David Bote is 11-for-18 in five playoff games, and has reached base 16 times.
“When you do what we’ve done over the past 40 something games, it’s not one area or one player, it’s a team game,” Pelicans manager Buddy Bailey said. “There are times when you have a short spurt of winning two or three, it might be one or two hot hitters, but when you’ve done what our players have done … it’s always somebody different and different guys contributing.”
*On Monday, Eugene totaled six hits in a 7-1 loss to Everett in the Northwest League Championship series. Tyson Miller gave up two earned runs over 3 1/3 innings and took the loss. Wladimir Galindo had three hits and scored a run. The two teams meet in a deciding game on Tuesday. Eugene is seeking its first league championship since 1980. Lefty Manuel Rondon is scheduled to start.
Kyle Hendricks gets the start Monday night for the Cubs in the first of three games against the Cardinals. Hendricks has given up three or fewer earned runs in each of his last 19 starts, dating to May 22. That’s the longest streak by any big league pitcher this season. Chicago’s magic number to clinch the division is now five. Here’s the lineup:
Charcer Burks hit a solo home run and David Bote had two hits and three RBI in Myrtle Beach’s 8-3 win over Lynchburg in Game 2 of the Mills Cup Championship. The best of five series is tied at one win apiece, and will resume Tuesday at Lynchburg. Bote is batting 11-for-18 in five playoff games. Donnie Dewees, Jeffrey Baez and Eric Castillo each had two hits Sunday.
Eugene won Game 1 of its best of three Northwest League Championship series, beating Everett, 3-1. Yeiler Peguero, D.J. Wilson and Chris Pieters each hit solo home runs. Dylan Cease started, and did not get a decision, giving up two hits and striking out six over four scoreless innings. Michael Rucker picked up the win, pitching three hitless innings in relief. Game 2 will be played Monday, and Tyson Miller is scheduled to start.
David Bote had four hits, including a double, and one RBI but it wasn’t enough as Myrtle Beach lost, 4-3, in 12 innings to Lynchburg in Game 1 of the Mills Cup championship. The score was tied at 1 in the 12th when Lynchburg scored the game-winning run on a throwing error. Bote is 9-for-14 in four playoff games. Erick Leal gave up two runs over five innings, striking out six. Jeremy Null is scheduled to start for the Pelicans on Sunday in Game 2.
South Bend lost, 4-3, in 10 innings to West Michigan and was eliminated in the playoffs. Connor Myers had two hits, including a double and a triple, and two RBI. Vimeal Machin had two hits, including a double. Adbert Alzolay gave up two earned runs over five innings.
Eugene opens the best of three Northwest League Championship Series on Sunday at Everett. Dylan Cease is scheduled to start.
Myrtle Beach clinched a trip to the Mills Cup Championship with a 2-1 victory over Salem. Myrtle Beach now faces Lynchburg in the best of three finals. Duane Underwood started on Friday, and gave up one run over five innings. Daniel Spingola delivered a pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh to tie the game. Donnie Dewees scored the game-winner on a wild pitch in the eighth. David Bote was 2-for-2 with a double. Erick Leal will start vs. Lynchburg on Saturday.
South Bend’s game vs. West Michigan was suspended because of rain in the top of the eighth and the game tied at 3. The two teams will resume play at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday. That series is tied at one win apiece.
Eugene defeated two-time defending champion Hillsboro, 2-1, to advance to the best of three finals against Everett, which open Sunday. On Friday, Erling Moreno gave up one run over five innings and struck out seven for the win. Kevonte Mitchell had two hits, both doubles. Wladimir Galindo drove in both runs on a sacrifice fly and a ground out.
Preston Morrison gave up five runs over 4 2/3 innings in Myrtle Beach’s 5-1 loss to Salem in the second playoff game. The deciding Game 3 will be play Friday at Salem. Duane Underwood is scheduled to start.
South Bend forced a Game 3 with a 6-2 win over West Michigan. Jose Paulino gave up two runs over six innings. Tyler Alamo and Matt Rose each homered. Alamo finished with two hits and two RBI, and Rose hit a three-run homer in the seventh.
Eugene beat Hillsboro, 6-2, to force a Game 3 in its playoff series. Pedro Silverio gave up two hits over five scoreless innings, striking out eight. D.J. Wilson had three hits and one RBI and Chris Pieters finished with two hits and three RBI. Game 3 will be Friday.
Trevor Clifton gave up one run over six innings in Myrtle Beach’s 8-1 win over Salem in the first game of the best of three playoffs. Jeffrey Baez hit a solo home run and finished with two RBI. The Pelicans scored six runs in the third inning. David Bote had two hits and two RBI. Preston Morrison starts on Thursday in Game 2.
South Bend lost, 3-2, to West Michigan in the first game of their best of three playoff series. Oscar De La Cruz gave up one earned run over six innings, striking out seven. Eddy Martinez had two hits and Alberto Mineo drove in a run. Lefty Jose Paulino starts in Game 2 on Thursday.
Eugene lost, 4-3, in 10 innings to Hillsboro in the first playoff game. Manuel Rondon gave up two runs over five innings and Robert Garcia hit a solo home run in the third inning. Lefty Bryan Hudson is scheduled to start Game 2 on Thursday.
Mike Montgomery will start Wednesday night in the Cubs’ series finale against the Brewers. Anthony Rizzo was supposed to get the day off but manager Joe Maddon decided the first baseman looked pretty good on Tuesday when he hit two home runs. Rizzo is the 14th Cub in franchise history with at least 12 multi-homer efforts.
With a win on Wednesday, the Cubs will be MLB’s first team to get to 90 wins. The last time the Cubs won 90 games in consecutive seasons was 1929-1930.
Here’s the lineup:
Looking ahead to the Cubs series against the Astros, here are the pitching matchups:
Friday: LHP Jon Lester (15-4, 2.61) vs. RHP Joe Musgrove (2-3, 5.06)
Saturday: RHP John Lackey (9-7, 3.36) vs. RHP Collin McHugh (9-10, 4.96)
Sunday: RHP Jake Arrieta (16-6, 2.84) vs. RHP Mike Fiers (10-6, 4.29)
Myrtle Beach begins the Southern Division Championship series Wednesday night at home against Salem. Right-hander Trevor Clifton, who was just named the Cubs’ Minor League Pitcher of the Month for August, gets the start in the best of three series.
South Bend opens a best-of-three quarterfinal series at West Michigan Wednesday night. Right-hander Oscar De La Cruz is scheduled to start. The South Bend Cubs won the Eastern Division first half title with a 41-28 record, and went 43-27 in the second half.
Eugene opens the first round of the Northwest League playoffs Wednesday at Hillsboro. Eugene won both the South Division first half and second half titles. Lefty Manuel Rondon is scheduled to start.
Jason Hammel starts Tuesday night for the Cubs in the second game of their three-game series against the Brewers. Hammel is 10-1 with a 2.50 ERA in 14 career starts against the Brewers. Looks like Kris Bryant is getting a breather. He went 0-for-5 on Monday to snap a career-high 21-game on-base streak. Bryant is still batting .375 with 10 home runs and 23 RBIs in his last 28 games.
Here’s the lineup:
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