Garner Cleveland: Sports

Pelicans visit Five County for big series

The Mudcats continue their quest for the second-half title and a Carolina League playoff berth with a gigantic three-game home set against Myrtle Beach this week (Aug. 14-16).

The Pelicans won the first-half title and stood a half-game behind Carolina in the Southern Division standings entering the weekend.

Carolina struggled to match up with Myrtle Beach in the first half of the season, winning just two of their 14 meetings. The Pelicans suffered through an eight-game losing streak in late July/early August but could still take both half-season division titles.

The Pelicans’ top two hitters this season – Rougned Odor and Luis Sardinas – have been promoted to Double-A Texas, as have 10-win pitcher Nick Martinez and nine-win pitcher Luke Jackson.

Carolina plays its top two rivals – Myrtle Beach and Salem – for the second-half title 13 times in the final four weeks of the season. The Mudcats head to Salem on Saturday, then host Salem Aug. 24-26.

Carolina’s season wraps up in Myrtle Beach with a Labor Day weekend series.

Myles’ hitting streak: Carolina Mudcats’ outfielder Bryson Myles picked up the Cleveland Indians Minor League Player of the Week award for the week ending Aug. 5.

Myles’ streak, which hit 23 games Sunday night, has the longest hitting streak in the Cleveland organization this season and the longest in Mudcats franchise history.

A native of Tyler, Texas, Myles ranked fifth in the Carolina League in batting throughout the week that earned him honors, hitting .409 (9-22) with two doubles, a triple, 3 RBIs and three runs scored, while recording a 1.072 OPS (.481 OBP/.591 SLG). He recorded a pair of multi-hit games, including his third 3-hit performance of the season on Aug. 1 against Frederick.

Through Saturday, Myles was batting .302 with 15 doubles, seven home runs, 45 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.

The Indians originally drafted Myles in the sixth round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

Carlos Danger Night: The Mudcats want to see your mustached alter ego on Carlos Danger Night Aug. 15. Carlos Danger is the alter ego that former New York State Congressman Anthony Weiner used online and led to his now infamous scandal.

The Mudcats will be offering a discounted $5 box seat ticket to anyone who comes to the game against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans with a real or fake mustache. During the game, there will be a mustache contest as well as other promotions based on the alter ego theme.