PELICANS NOTCH BACK-TO-BACK SHUTOUTS OVER WILMINGTON
WILMINGTON, DEL. (AUGUST 6, 2014) – The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, collected another shutout victory in a 5-0 blanking of the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Wednesday night at Frawley Stadium. Luis Parra, Jose Monegro, Cody Ege, and Jose Leclerc combined for the shutout, and the relievers did not allow a single hit. Nick Williams led the way for the club offensively, scoring the first run and hitting a three-run homer to put the game out of reach.
The Pelicans (25-21, 69-45) attack scored all five runs with two outs. With two on in the second and two outs, Kevin Torres lined a single to open the scoring off of Blue Rocks starter Luis Santos. After Lewis Brinson doubled with one out in the fourth, Torres struck again, lacing a single to right field to put the Pelicans ahead 2-0.
Parra scattered eight baserunners over five scoreless innings. The Blue Rocks’ best scoring chance came in the second, when Daniel Rockett singled with a runner in scoring position. Wilmington (20-23, 53-60) sent Michael Antonio around, but Williams threw him out at the plate.
Williams later shone at the plate as well. With two in scoring position and two outs in the fifth, the outfielder blasted a home run to right field, his twelfth of the year, to put the Pelicans ahead 5-0.
Wilmington loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth, but Parra got Zane Evans to hit into a fielder’s choice to end the threat.
Monegro faced the minimum over two innings in relief of Parra. Ege then struck out two in a perfect eighth, and Leclerc fanned two in a clean ninth inning.
The Blue Rocks went hitless after the third inning and have not scored in 22 innings.
Parra (9-6) leads the active roster in wins and earned his ninth win, while Santos (3-3) shouldered the loss.
The consecutive shutouts were the first back-to-back shutouts for the Pelicans since 5-0 and 4-0 wins in a doubleheader on July 27, 2011.
The Pelicans can complete the sweep on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. from Frawley Stadium. Chad Bell (4-1, 3.57 ERA) makes the start against fellow left-hander Sean Manaea (4-7, 3.61 ERA) for the Blue Rocks. 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.
The Pelicans return home on August 12 and will begin a three-game set with the Carolina Mudcats.
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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.