Myrtle Beach Pelicans vs Lynchburg Hillcats – June 10, 2014

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (42-20, 19-13 home)
First Place, CL Southern, 12.5 GA, Clinched first half

Lynchburg Hillcats (32-32, 15-14 away)
Fourth Place, CL Northern, 3.5 GB, Elim #: 3

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 • 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark • Myrtle Beach, SC
LHP Andrew Faulkner (4-0, 2.28) vs. RHP Jarett Miller (2-6, 4.60)
Game #63 • Home Game #33 • Night Game #54 • Game vs. Lynchburg #5
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Pelicans pitcher Andrew Faulkner. (Robert Gurganus / Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

Pelicans pitcher Andrew Faulkner. (Robert Gurganus / Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

ABOUT ANDREW
The only South Carolina native on the roster, Andrew Faulkner is in his first season with the Pelicans after spending the last two years a state to the north with the Hickory Crawdads. Faulkner was a staple in the Hickory rotation last season and returns to the starting rotation after a few bullpen appearances early in the season. Before signing with the Rangers for a reported $125,000, Faulkner had committed to the Univ. of South Carolina to play collegiately.

REPERTOIRE
Faulkner throws a fastball, curveball, splitter, and changeup. The fastball is around 89-92 mph and can touch 93 with some arm-side run. The Rangers took away his splitter when he first signed, having him throw a straight changeup since signing as a pro that ranges from 82-83 mph. He began throwing the splitter again last season which was his best pitch in high school. It runs 85-88 mph with good sink. He throws a slurvy curveball at 78-82 mph.

 

LAST TIME OUT: The Pelicans started off the three-game series with the Lynchburg Hillcats with a 5-0 victory on Monday night…in his fourth career start and first of the year, ALEXANDER CLAUDIO
twirled five scoreless innings…In a scoreless tie and 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 to make it 1-0…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…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 added another run with a sac fly to make it 5-0…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.

CLAUDIO CRUISIN’: Last night’s starter Alexander Claudio fired five scoreless innings. Over the last 22 innings, he has surrendered three unearned runs, and zero earned runs.

PURRFECT AGAINST THE CATS: With the win last night, the Pelicans are now 4-0 against the Hillcats this season. They have outscored Lynchburg 27-4 in the four games, and the Hillcats are just
4-for-39 with runners in scoring position in the season-series.

HAVING EVERYONE’S NUMBER: With the win against the Keys on Sunday, the Pelicans have a winning record against all seven Carolina League opponents. The Birds need a series split or better
at Frederick over the weekend in a four-game set to finish with a winning record against every team in the first half. Myrtle Beach is 6-5 against Potomac, 6-4 versus Salem, 8-2 in games against Wilmington,
6-2 facing Carolina, 7-6 head-to-head against Frederick, 5-2 against Winston-Salem, and the club is 4-0 when playing Lynchburg 4-0.

GOODBYE TO GALLO AND GONZALEZ: On Sunday both JOEY GALLO and CHI CHI GONZALEZ were promoted to Double-A Frisco on Sunday…Gallo left as the league leader in home runs (21), RBI
(50), runs scored (53), onbase percentage (.463), slugging (.735), walks (51), and was third in the league in hitting (.323)…Despite a season with the Birds of just 58 games, Gallo is tied for the fourth most home runs in a season by a Myrtle Beach hitter and eighth on the team’s career home run list…Gonzalez departs the Grand Strand with a 5-2 record and a 2.62 ERA, the fifth-best ERA in the Carolina League. In his ‘Riders debut last night, Gallo hit a three-run walkoff homer. Gonzalez makes his first Double-A start tonight.

PLAYOFFS?!?! WE’RE NOT KIDDING YOU!: For the fourth straight season, the Pelicans will play in the Carolina League postseason. The club earned a playoff spot by clinching the first half Southern Division title on Thursday when the Frederick Keys beat the Red Sox 9-8 in a 12-inning contest that had been suspended the previous night. The Pelicans have won the first half in three of the four seasons since
the franchise became a Rangers affiliate. This upcoming September will mark the team’s eighth trip to the postseason in the sixteen year history of the club. The Huntsville Stars (Brewers, AA) of the Southern
League were the first to clinch a playoff spot, doing so last Tuesday. The Kane County Cougars (A, Midwest League, Cubs) clinched a spot on Saturday. No other team in minor league baseball has done so.

FORGETTING THE FEELING: Saturday ended a series of incredible stretches by the Pelicans. The club had not lost a series since a two games to one rain-shortened series loss with at Wilmington April 26-
28. The team had not lost consecutive games Since May 4-5 and had not lost consecutive games against the same team since April 16 in a doubleheader sweep at the hands of the Potomac Nationals. The team
had five straight series. All of that came to end in the 1-0 ten-inning loss to Frederick.

(ONE OF) THE BEST AROUND: The Birds now have the second best record in all of MiLB, trailing only the Florida State League’s Dunedin Blue Jays (43-20), and only by half a game. 42-WIN DASH: The Birds are off to the best start in franchise history (at least dating back through 2004 when good day-by-day records are kept my MiLB). The 2008 Pelicans had the next best pace to 42 wins, starting 42-23. The 2008 club holds the record for the most first half wins (45) by a Pelicans team; this year’s team is on-pace to pass that mark with 46 wins in the 68-game first half. The 2008 team played a full 70 game first half. The 2008 club won a franchise record 89 games, while this year’s club is on pace for 93 wins, despite only 138 games on the schedule (compared the normal 140).

ALL-STAR STUDDED BIRDS: On Wednesday, the Carolina League announced the All-Star Roster for the California League / Carolina League All-Star Game on June 17 at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington,
Delaware. The Pelicans had a league-best eight selections. Catcher JORGE ALFARO, infielders PRESTON BECK and JOEY GALLO, outfielders ROYCE BOLINGER and NICK WILLIAMS, and pitchers
ALEXANDER CLAUDIO, ANDREW FAULKNER, and ALEX “CHI CHI” GONZALEZ all made the team. Four of those players are not on the active roster, however. Gallo and Gonzalez were both promoted
to Double-A on Sunday. Bolinger and Williams are currently on the disabled list. Faulkner was brought off of the inactive list today.

STRUTTING THEIR FEATHERS: The Pelicans roster currently features four players highlighted in Baseball America’s list of the Rangers’ Top 30 prospects, including two of the top 5, and two in the
overall top 100 in MiLB. Catcher JORGE ALFARO (ranked No. 2 in the Rangers Top 30, No. 54 in the overall Top 100) and NICK WILLIAMS (3, 97) rank in the top 100. The other two players in the Texas Top 30 are RHP JOSE LECLERC (16) and LHP ALEXANDER CLAUDIO (27). Unranked in the top 30, CHRIS GARIA is the “Fastest Baserunner” and PRESTON BECK has the “Best Outfield Arm.” CHRISTOPHER
BOSTICK, traded from Oakland in December, was ranked No. 18 in the Athletics’ top 30 by BA. Third baseman JOEY GALLO (4, 60) and RHPs ALEX “CHI CHI” GONZALEZ (5) and KEONE KELA (18)
were all on the Pelicans’ Opening Day Roster and are now with the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders.

CAROLINA LEAGUE RANKINGS

Batting Average/Rank…………………………………………………………………………………….. .269/1st
Runs scored……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 323/1st
Home runs…………………………………………………………………………………………………………54/1st
Stolen Bases……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 70/2nd
ERA/Rank………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 3.09/1st
Pitching strikeouts……………………………………………………………………………………… 463/T-5th
Walks allowed………………………………………………………………………………………………… 282/1st
Double plays turned………………………………………………………………………………………….72/1st
Errors committed……………………………………………………………………………….. 77/3rd (most)
Southern Division Standing/GB…………………………………………………………………..1st/+12.5
Attendance Avg./Rank………………………………………………………………………………….3,075/5th

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

About the Author:

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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