Markey on the mark as MB records a four-hit shutout

pel-markeyBehind another scoreless effort from right-hander Brad Markey, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, beat the Lynchburg Hillcats 2-0 at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark on Sunday. It was Markey’s third scoreless outing with the Pelicans, and in six starts, he is 5-0 with six quality starts.

Opening the home half of the first inning, Chesny Young slapped a single to shallow left-center field, but the Pelicans (71-48, 30-20 second half) were turned away in the frame. Later, in the third, Young was not to be denied, stroking a one-out double down the left-field line and scoring on Pin-Chieh Chen’s broken-bat triple to the right-field corner.

With the Birds leading 1-0 into the fourth, Jordan Hankins walloped a one-out double to the wall in right field, and after a strikeout, he scored on Kevin Brown’s double down the left-field line to give Myrtle Beach a 2-0 lead.

Those were the only two runs the Pelicans would score on Sunday, but the they were more than enough for the Carolina League’s best pitching staff to claim the series victory over Lynchburg.

In his 6 2/3 innings of work, Markey stifled the Hillcats (61-59, 28-22 second half) on Sunday, scattering three hits while walking one and striking out four. Lynchburg batters mustered infield singles off of the right-hander in the first and fifth innings before first baseman Joe Sever lined a sharp, one-out single to right field in the seventh, but they managed little else.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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