Young sets record 38-game on-base streak, Birds win sixth in-a-row
Chesny Young lines a sharp single to left field in the first inning on Sunday, setting the new Carolina League record for consecutive games on base at 38. (Larry Kave / Myrtle Beach Pelicans)
By Mason Robinson / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | July 19, 2015 6:01 PM ET
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (JULY 19, 2015) - With a first-inning single to left field, Chesny Young made Carolina League history by reaching in his 38th consecutive game to set a new league record. As part of a two-hit night, Young scored once and drove in a run to aid the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, in a 4-0 win over the Salem Red Sox on Sunday night at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.
The Carolina League has officially been tracking on-base streaks since the beginning of the 2009 season, and with his first-inning hit, Young broke the 37-game record set by Carlos Sanchez with the Winston-Salem Dash in 2012. The minor league record for a batter reaching safely in consecutive games was set by South Bend Silver Hawks shortstop Andrew Velazquez in 2014. Velazquez's streak would end at 74 games that season, just 10 games shy of the Major League record of 84 games set by Hall of Famer Ted Williams in 1949.
The game was scoreless until Kevin Brown spurred the Birds' offense in the fifth inning with a triple to right field, and he scored when Pin-Chieh Chen bounced an RBI single up the middle and through a drawn-in infield for a 1-0 Pelicans lead. Myrtle Beach (54-39, 13-11 second half) would add on again in the seventh inning when Young drove an RBI single to left field, his second hit of the game. Two batters later, Jacob Rogers added a two-run single to move the Birds in front, 4-0.
Salem (49-45, 11-13 second half) was 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and was shut out for just the third time this season. The game remained scoreless through the first four frames thanks in part to Pelicans starter Paul Blackburn, who allowed runners into scoring position with less than two outs in the first, second, and fourth innings, but stranded them each time. Blackburn also received sharp defensive assistance from center fielder Trey Martin, who threw a runner out at the plate in the second inning to keep Salem off the board.
Blackburn was lifted after 4 2/3 innings of work and five strikeouts but took no decision. Left-hander Michael Heesch (7-0, 1.37) worked 3 1/3 innings of relief en route to his seventh win out of the bullpen. After allowing a lead-off single, Josh Conway fired a shutout ninth inning and struck out two Red Sox batters, including the final hitter to end the ballgame and seal the 4-0 Pelicans win.
Red Sox starter Aaron Wilkerson (7-2) was the loser after five innings on the hill in which he surrendered one earned run on four hits.
The sixth consecutive win sets a new season-high for the Pelicans, who have also won eight of their last nine contests.
Right-hander Jen-Ho Tseng (3-6, 3.67) will take the hill in game two on Monday night at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. The Red Sox will counter with righty Teddy Stankiewicz (3-9, 3.82) with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.
The game can be heard live on 1450 WRNN-AM ESPN Myrtle Beach, on the TuneIn Radio App, and via the MiLB First Pitch App, beginning with the Pregame Show at 6:45 p.m. ET. The game will also air along with live streaming video on MiLB.tv (subscription required).
It will also be Backpack Buddies Monday and fans who donate an item from the approved donation list can receive half-price admission to TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. For fans 21-years-old and older, it will also be Thirsty Monday, featuring $1.00 12-ounce Bud and Bud Light draughts and $2.00 16-ounce cans from 6:00‒8:00 p.m. ET. WBTW News 13 will also host this year's High School Football Preview.
The 2015 season marks the 17th season for the Pelicans franchise and first as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. For information on tickets to see the Pelicans in 2015, please call (843) 918-6000, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.
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