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State of the System: Chicago Cubs

Amaya, Marquez form near future for the NL Central champs
@brianjstultz
December 4, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021. The Chicago Cubs are at a crossroads

5-4 Loss Marks Third Straight Extra Inning Game In Pensacola

Steele Strikes Out Seven in Return from IL
June 14, 2019

PENSACOLA, FL -  The Tennessee Smokies (31-36) dropped their second game of the series in extra innings against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (38-30), 5-4 at Blue Wahoos Stadium on Friday night. The Smokies wasted little time getting on the board. With bases loaded in the first inning, Ian Rice singled into left

Prospect Roundup: Games of June 4

Marlins' Miller keeps streaking; Jays' Pearson dominates
June 5, 2019

Marlins LF Brian Miller, Double-A Jacksonville: 3-for-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 R -- Miami's No. 14 prospect ripped a ground-rule double in the fourth inning, singled in the sixth and capped his big night an RBI single in the ninth as he extended his hitting streak to a Southern

Smokies Fall in 1-0 Pitchers Duel

Steele Strikes Out Season High Six
June 4, 2019

MONTGOMERY, AL - LHP Justin Steele's five shutout inning road gem for the Tennessee Smokies (28-29) was not enough to stop RHP Sam McWilliams (W, 4-2) and the Montgomery Biscuits (34-23) in a 1-0 loss at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery on Tuesday night. The Smokies' Starter Steele had a 10.91 ERA in

Stellar Pitching Leads Smokies to Thursday Sweep

Smokies Score Five in Each, Move Back Above .500
May 2, 2019

KODAK, TN - The Tennessee Smokies (14-12) swept the Jackson Generals (13-13) Thursday night at Smokies Stadium. Game one was a resumption of a suspended game from April 19, the Smokies won 5-1. In game two, the Smokies picked up a 5-2 win. RHP Brad Markey (W, 1-0) started the

2019 Preview: Tennessee Smokies

February 26, 2019

With a new manager at the helm this season, the Tennessee Smokies are looking to turn around their luck and earn a spot in the Southern League playoffs.2018 RECORD: 67-71, 3rd in the SL North Division2018 PLAYOFFS: N/AOPENING DAY: Thursday, April 4 vs Mississippi (Atlanta)WHAT'S NEW? The Smokies announced late

Steele, Pereda lead Pelicans to series win over Astros

Myrtle Beach beats Buies Creek 5-4 to take two of three in set
August 19, 2018

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (August 19, 2018) - Justin Steele carried a no-hitter into the sixth and Jhonny Pereda homered and knocked in two for Myrtle Beach on Sunday as the Pelicans downed Buies Creek 5-4 from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.In the first inning, Pereda gave the Pelicans (56-69, 22-33) an early

Pelicans blank Blue Rocks to take series

Steele sets tone, Birds complete 14th shutout in 3-0 win
August 12, 2018

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (August 12, 2018) - Justin Steele did not allow a hit until the sixth and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans shut out the Wilmington Blue Rocks 3-0 Sunday from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. Steele (1-1) earned the win for the Pelicans (52-66, 18-30), throwing no-hit baseball against the Blue

Birds take series over Hillcats with 4-3 win in finale

Myrtle Beach pitching just surrenders seven runs over the three-game set
July 29, 2018

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (July 29, 2018) - Aramis Ademan ripped a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh inning Sunday to drive the Myrtle Beach Pelicans to a 4-3 win over the Lynchburg Hillcats from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. With the game knotted at 2-2, the Pelicans (49-58, 15-22) collected back-to-back singles

Caratini, Tseng lead charge in Cubs system

Upper-level talent dominates in best of 2017 for reigning champs
October 16, 2017

This offseason, MiLB.com is taking a look at the most outstanding campaigns by players in each system across Minor League Baseball and honoring the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization.The Cubs -- as you may have heard -- won

Birds broomed with 8-2 loss in series finale

Myrtle Beach gets swept in a non-rain-shortened series for the first time since 2015
July 26, 2017

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (July 26, 2017) - The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were swept for the first time in a non-rain-shortened series since 2015 with their 8-2 loss to the Carolina Mudcats on Wednesday night in front of 6,599 fans at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. Carolina (51-50, 15-18) dealt the big blow of

Higgins' homer not enough in 5-1 loss

Birds' offense lags in game three of five-game series with the Wood Ducks
July 21, 2017

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (July 21, 2017) - P.J. Higgins provided all of the offense for Myrtle Beach Friday, but his solo shot in the second inning was not enough to propel the Pelicans over Down East in a 5-1 loss to the Wood Ducks from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. Down East (36-60,13-15)

Pelicans' series opener at Astros suspended

Myrtle Beach, Buies Creek tied at one before rain suspends contest
July 16, 2017

LILLINGTON, N.C. (July 16, 2017) - Myrtle Beach and Buies Creek both scored a run in the third inning Sunday before rain caused the game to be suspended heading into the fifth inning. The contest will resume Monday at 5 p.m. from Jim Perry Stadium, with Monday's scheduled contest, a seven-inning

Birds' bats lag in rubber match loss

Myrtle Beach falls 3-0 to Buies Creek in the series finale on Thursday
July 6, 2017

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (June 6, 2017) - Myrtle Beach's bats went dormant Thursday despite a strong performance from the Pelicans' pitching staff in a 3-0 loss to the Buies Creek Astros in the rubber match game of their three-game set from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. Buies Creek (47-38, 10-5) cracked the

Steele, Rose help Birds snap skid

Myrtle Beach ends three-game losing streak with 4-1 win at Down East
July 1, 2017

KINSTON, N.C. (July 1, 2017) - Matt Rose slugged a two-run homer Saturday to back six stellar innings from Justin Steele and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans stifled the Down East Wood Ducks 4-1 at Grainger Stadium.With the score 1-0 in the second inning, Eddy Martinez led off and laced a double into the left field corner. Two

Late rally falls short against the P-Nats

Myrtle Beach drops series opener 4-3 to Potomac
June 26, 2017

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (June 26, 2017) - A late Myrtle Beach rally Monday came up just short in the Pelicans' 4-3 loss to the Potomac Nationals at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.  With Potomac (35-40, 2-3) leading Myrtle Beach (44-30, 1-3) 4-0 in the ninth, the Birds finally crack the scorecard. Eddy

Pelicans set club record with third straight shutout

Birds blank Wood Ducks 7-0 to win for 18th time in 22 games
June 15, 2017

KINSTON, N.C. (June 15, 2017) - Justin Steele fired five scoreless innings, and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans registered a club record third consecutive shutout Thursday in blanking the Down East Wood Ducks 7-0 at Grainger Stadium.Dating back to Monday's contest against Frederick, the Pelicans (41-26) have now gone 31 straight innings without surrendering

Five Pelicans earn All-Star honors

June 12, 2017

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (June 12, 2017) - Pitchers Adbert Alzolay and Justin Steele , outfielders Eloy Jiménez and Daniel Spingola and infielder Bryant Flete will join Myrtle Beach's coaching staff in representing the Pelicans at the 2017 All-Star Classic, the Carolina League office announced Monday. The 7:05 p.m. game on Tuesday,

Pelicans down sloppy Mudcats to split series

Garcia, Steele lead Birds back into second place with 6-3 win
May 29, 2017

ZEBULON, N.C. (May 29, 2017) - Robert Garcia homered and Justin Steele struck out seven over five strong innings Monday to help the Myrtle Beach Pelicans down the Carolina Mudcats 6-3 to record a series split and vault back into second place at Five County Stadium.The game was scoreless when Matt Rose reached on the first of

Myrtle Beach brooms Dash in doubleheader

Monasterio, Martinez lift Myrtle Beach in twin bill sweep of Winston-Salem
May 24, 2017

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (May 24, 2017) - Andruw Monasterio hit a walk-off to help the Pelicans win game one of Wednesday's doubleheader 4-3 before Myrtle Beach won the finale 3-2 to sweep the twin bill from the Winston-Salem Dash at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.In game number one, Winston-Salem (14-33) kicked

Steele, home runs help Birds salvage series

Alamo, Rose power Myrtle Beach to 7-1 victory over Buies Creek
May 18, 2017

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (May 18, 2017) - Tyler Alamo and Matt Rose both homered to carry the Pelicans offense behind a steller start from Justin Steele in Myrtle Beach's 7-1 victory over the Buies Creek Astros in Thursday's series finale from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.  With the Myrtle Beach (22-19) leading 2-1,the Pelicans

Myrtle Beach drops opener to Hillcats

Birds offense stiffled in 3-1 loss
May 12, 2017

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (May 12, 2017) - The Myrtle Beach Pelicans' offense was stifled in Friday's series opener in a 3-1 loss to the Lynchburg Hillcats TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.The Hillcats (17-15) kicked off the scoring in the fourth inning against Myrtle Beach (19-16) starter Justin Steele (1-3). Connor Marabell started

Bullpen fires Pelicans to 4-2 win

Hodges solo blast, Maples wizardry out of the bullpen lifts Birds to victory
May 5, 2017

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (May 5, 2017) - Jesse Hodges slammed a home run and Dillon Maples and Craig Brooks dominated out of the Myrtle Beach bullpen to help the Pelicans to a 4-2 win Friday over the Buies Creek Astros at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.Down 1-0, Myrtle Beach's (16-13) offense found life in the

Pelicans shut out Astros to snap skid

Martinez launches first home run of the season in 6-0 victory
April 18, 2017

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Pelicans earn first home win in shutout

Steele, Brooks, Effross combine to blank Hillcats 4-0
April 13, 2017

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