MYRTLE BEACH LEAVES ON FOURTEEN RUNNERS ON IN LOSS
MYRTLE BEACH, SC JULY 13, 2014 – The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, dropped a 7-1 decision to the Lynchburg Hillcats in the third game of the four-game series on Sunday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. A three-run second and four-run fourth inning led the Hillcats to victory. The Pelicans were unable to capitalize with runners in scoring position leaving the bases loaded twice in the contest and 14 men on in total.
The Pelicans (14-11, 58-35) jumped on the board first with a leadoff Chris Garia solo shot in the first inning, putting the Birds out in front 1-0.
In the second inning the Hillcats (10-14, 44-50) answered right back. With one out, Will Skinner reached on an error by Kevin Torres, and then Emerson Landoni singled. Tyler Tewell came to the plate and gave Lynchburg a 3-1 lead with a three-run shot to right field off of Pelicans starter Luis Parra.
Skinner added on to the lead by leading off the fourth inning by hitting a solo shot to left field.
After Luis Parra walked three consecutive batters, Cody Ege entered the game with the bases loaded. On a single, a wild pitch, and a fielder’s choice, the Hillcats tallied three more runs to Parra’s line, extending the lead to 7-1 Hillcats after the fourth inning.
Myrtle Beach had their chances to answer the Hillcats runs. The Pelicans left at least one man on in every inning after the first. They left the bases loaded in the fourth and seventh innings. The Birds were 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position on the evening and left on a season-high tying 14 men on base.
Lynchburg southpaw, Daniel Watts did not allow a run after the Garia homer, pitching five strong innings of one-run ball, striking out four batters, while walking three and allowing four hits. The bullpen tossed four scoreless innings in relief, including former Pelican Benino Pruneda, who pitched two shutout frames.
Watts (1-2) earned the win for the Hillcats. Parra dropped to (7-5) on the season.
The Birds can win the series with the Hillcats when they play the final game of a four-game set on Monday night. Myrtle Beach sends Chad Bell (4-0, 3.70 ERA) to the hill against Hillcats starter Jarrett Miller (4-6, 4.25 ERA). 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.
Monday night is Backpack Buddies Monday, presented by HTC. Fans can donate school supplies to receive half-price admission. The Pelicans will also serve $1 draught 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 email@example.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.