Myrtle Beach Pelicans shut out the Lynchburg Hillcats

OFFENSIVE SURGE IN SIXTH LEADS WAY TO VICTORY

MYRTLE BEACH, SC JUNE 9, 2014 – The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, started off the three-game series with the Lynchburg Hillcats with a 5-0 victory on Monday night at Ticketreturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. Alexander Claudio displayed a strong performance in his fourth career start, hurling five scoreless innings. Claudio has not allowed an earned run in his last 22 innings pitched. The Pelicans are now 4-0 against the Hillcats this season.

Pelicans pitcher Alexander Claudio tossed five scoreless innings in his first start since 2012 for the win. (Robert Gurganus / Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

Pelicans pitcher Alexander Claudio tossed five scoreless innings in his first start since 2012 for the win. (Robert Gurganus / Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

The Pelicans (42-20) and Hillcats (32-32) matched zeroes over the first three frames.

 

With runners at the corners in the bottom of the fourth, Christopher Bostick hit into a fielder’s choice, beating out a double play to score Preston Beck. The play put the Birds on the board, leading 1-0.

 

In his first start since 2012, Claudio worked out of jams in four of his five innings of work. Lynchburg mustered six hits and drew two walks off of the All-Star left-hander but failed to score against him. He fanned three on the night, including two strikeouts of Edison Sanchez with runners in scoring position. The five scoreless frames ran his streak to 22 innings over seven outings in which he has not allowed an earned run.

 

In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Birds unleashed their bats for four runs. Jorge Alfaro opened the inning with a walk. Beck then singled to right field, allowing Alfaro to reach third.

 

Still with no outs, David Lyon tripled down the right field line, scoring both Alfaro and Beck. In the very next at bat, Bostick tripled to right field as well, allowing Lyon to cross the plate. Chris Grayson ended the scoring in the inning for the Birds with a sacrifice fly to David Nick. The Pelicans extended their lead to 5-0 at the end of six innings.

 

Justin Sprenger came on in relief for the Birds in the sixth, tossing three scoreless innings and striking out two. Will Lamb entered for the ninth and finished off the Hillcats, fanning two of the three batters faced.

 

Claudio (4-0) earned the win, and Ross (4-3) took the loss.

The Birds prepare for game two of the three-game series, which takes place on Tuesday night. The Pelicans have yet to announce their starter. Lynchburg’s Jarrett Miller (2-6, 4.60) toes the rubber to face the Pelicans. The game can be heard live on WRNN AM 1450 ESPN Myrtle Beach, on the TuneIn Radio App, and via the MiLB First Pitch App, beginning with the Hampton Inn Pregame Show at 6:45 p.m.

 

Tuesday is Tuesday Brewsday at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark, with $2 craft draft beers from 6-8 PM.

 

Season Seats, Mini Plans, Flex Books, and single game tickets are available to see the Pelicans in 2014. For more information on tickets, please call (843) 918-6002, e-mail info@myrtlebeachpelicans.com, visit www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com, or visit the Pelicans box office, which is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

About the Pelicans                                                    

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their home games at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The park was named the best in the Carolina League by Baseball America in 2009 and the overall experience ranked third in all of Minor League Baseball by Stadium Journey in 2013. The Pelicans earned co-Mills Cup championship honors in their inaugural 1999 season, won the outright title in 2000, and has garnered seven half-season Southern Division titles, most recently in the first half of 2013. For more information on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please contact Nathan Barnett by calling (843) 918-6080 or emailing NBarnett@MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

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Myrtle Beach Pelicans (42-20) 5, Lynchburg Hillcats (32-32) 0
June 9, 2014

Lynchburg      0Myrtle Beach      5

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Totals290604717.267

LynchburgABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Peraza, 2B4010002.330Wren, CF4020002.281Nick, LF4010013.310Hyams, DH3000112.264Ahrens, 3B4010001.258Carroll, RF3010120.242Castro, SS2000102.290Sanchez, E, 1B3000033.227Nunez, A, C2000102.176  Ross, G, P0000000.000  Jadofsky, P0000000.000
BATTING
2B: Ahrens (15, Claudio).
TB: Nick; Peraza; Ahrens 2; Wren 2; Carroll.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sanchez, E 2.
SAC: Castro.
GIDP: Hyams, Nick, Peraza.
Team RISP: 2-for-10.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
SB: Carroll (2, 3rd base off Claudio/Lyon).

FIELDING
E: Sanchez, E (6, throw).
Outfield assists: Carroll (Mendez at 3rd base).
DP: (Ahrens-Peraza-Sanchez, E).

Totals305853310.269

Myrtle BeachABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Vickerson, 3B4010001.286  1-Triunfel, PR-3B0000000.222Alfaro, DH3100111.257Beck, P, RF3220100.282Lyon, C4112013.223Bostick, 2B4112011.261Grayson, LF2011100.297Torres, 1B4010003.179Cardona, CF4000001.000Mendez, SS2010000.174  Claudio, P0000000.000  Sprenger, P0000000.000  Lamb, W, P0000000.000
1-Ran for Vickerson in the 7th.
BATTING
2B: Beck, P (12, Jadofsky).
3B: Lyon (2, Ross, G), Bostick (2, Ross, G).
TB: Bostick 3; Vickerson; Beck, P 3; Torres; Grayson; Mendez; Lyon 3.
RBI: Bostick 2 (37), Lyon 2 (15), Grayson (2).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Torres 2; Lyon 2.
SF: Grayson.
GIDP: Vickerson.
Team RISP: 2-for-6.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Grayson (3, 2nd base off Ross, G/Nunez, A).

FIELDING
E: Vickerson (1, throw).
DP: 3 (Claudio-Mendez-Torres, Bostick-Mendez-Torres, Bostick-Torres).

 

8.08543304.39

LynchburgIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ross, G (L, 4-3)6.16543103.56
Jadofsky1.22000203.75
Totals

9.06004703.09

Myrtle BeachIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Claudio (W, 4-0)5.06002301.05
Sprenger (H, 1)3.00002200.00
Lamb, W1.00000202.55
Totals

 

HBP: Sanchez, E (by Sprenger), Mendez (by Ross, G).
Groundouts-flyouts: Ross, G 12-3, Jadofsky 1-1, Claudio 8-2, Sprenger 5-0, Lamb, W 1-0.
Batters faced: Ross, G 28, Jadofsky 7, Claudio 21, Sprenger 11, Lamb, W 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Jadofsky 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Erich Bacchus. 1B: Chase Eade.
Weather: 82 degrees, clear.
Wind: 20 mph, R to L.
T: 2:44.
Att: 2,031.
Venue: TicketReturn.com Field.
June 9, 2014
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

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Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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