Games of 9/5 High-A: Myrtle Beach 3, at Salem 4 (10 innings)
Salem wins best-of-three semifinal 2-0
The Pelicans couldn't maintain a 3-0 lead and stranded 10 runners, losing again by one run in extras. For the series, Myrtle Beach pitchers held Salem to a line of .214/.263/.229 and 20 runners in 19.1 innings.
Held scoreless on six hits through the first 11 innings of the series, the offense took advantage of out-of-form lefty Brian Johnson in the 2nd. Singles by RF Royce Bolinger and 2B Odubel Herrera, a Jorge Alfaro double and Salem error resulted in three runs.
In his longest professional start, 2013 1st-rounder Chi Chi Gonzalez lasted 4.2 innings on 76 pitches. Gonzalez threw 44 strikes, nine swinging, and recorded four strikeouts against two walks. His fastball ranged from 92-96 MPH. Gonzalez retired 13 of his first 15, but the next few batters defined the series. After a firm single and walk, shortstop Hanser Alberto misplayed a grounder to score one and put runners on first and second. Gonzalez struck out the next batter on a wild pitch that put two Red Sox in scoring position. Finally, Trever Adams blocked but couldn't control Henry Ramos's grounder, and both runners scored to tie the game. It was ruled a single, not an error; in other words, a unicorn-rare two-run infield single.
Will Lamb replaced Gonzalez and indirectly recorded the third out on a caught-stealing. In a 1-2-3 6th, Lamb struck out one using a 92-93 MPH fastball and slider. He's developed a very low 3/4 delivery over the summer.
Cody Kendall followed Lamb with six retired in a row. In the 9th, Myrtle Beach loaded the bases with one out, but Drew Robinson and Adams struck out. Against Nick McBride in the 10th, Salem scored on a sac fly after Mookie Betts' double and a wild pitch.
Bolinger, Alfaro and LF Chris Grayson had two hits, and Grayson also walked and hit a sac fly. Pat Cantwell (1-4) caught both playoff games and 19 of Myrtle Beach's last 33, compared to 14 for 2010 1st-rounder Kellin Deglan.
Five Years Ago Yesterday
Frisco swept San Antonio 3-0 in the semifinals behind six scoreless innings from Michael Schlact and homers from Chad Tracy and Dustin Majewski. Ahead 4-2 in the 8th, low-A Clinton allowed single runs in the 8th, 9th and 11th on a total of just two hits and were eliminated 2-0 by Cedar Rapids. Justin Smoak doubled, and Michael Main struck out seven and allowed two runs in 5.2 innings. AAA Oklahoma was held to four singles in a 2-1 loss. Spokane won Game 2 of the Northwest League finals 11-10, overcoming deficits of 4-2, 7-6 and 10-9. Five Years Ago Today
Down 10-2 in the 6th, Spokane scored nine runs on just four hits; Salem-Keizer walked ten and committed four errors. Max Ramirez hit a grand slam in Oklahoma's 9-6 win over Iowa, forcing a fifth and deciding semifinal game. Up Next
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