MYRTLE BEACH WINS SIXTH STRAIGHT ROAD CONTEST
WILMINGTON, DE August 7, 2014 – The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, finally allowed a run in the series against the Wilmington Blue Rocks but still won 5-1 on Thursday night at Frawley Stadium. Chad Bell picked up his fifth win in nine Pelicans starts, and the Blue Rocks committed a season-high five errors in the defeat. Chris Garia swiped two bags and has 40 on the season, matching a Pelicans single-season record.
In a scoreless game in the third, the Pelicans (26-21, 70-45) got a two-out baserunner aboard on with the first of three errors by third baseman Ramon Torres, allowing Garia aboard. He stole second base and got to third on a second error by Torres, this time off the bat of Christopher Bostick. Bostick and Garia then completed the double steal to score the first run. The two steals for Garia tied him with Adam Stern for most steals in a season-season in Pelicans history. Stern had 40 in 2002.
Then Preston Beck singled in Bostick to make it 2-1.
Wilmington (20-24, 53-59) halved the lead on a leadoff double, a sacrifice bunt, and a fielder’s choice. Otherwise, starter Chad Bell was untouched. He struck out a season-high six batters, walked two, and allowed just two hits over five innings.
Another three Wilmington errors cost two unearned runs in the sixth. With two outs, the Pelicans had five straight men reach. Lewis Brinson doubled in Bolinger to plate the only earned run of the game for the Birds, and Brinson and David Lyon both scored on errors.
The Birds bullpen continued their dominance. After four hitless innings on Wednesday, Cody Buckel, Victor Payano, Josh McElwee, and Abel De Los Santos tossed four scoreless and walkless innings on Thursday, allowing just two hits.
Bell (5-1) picked up the win, while Sean Manaea (4-8), who allowed five runs, one earned, took the loss.
The Pelicans head to Zebulon to take on the Carolina Mudcats on Friday night for the first of three games. First pitch is at 7:00 p.m. from Five Country Stadium. Sam Wolff (7-4, 3.21 ERA) toes the rubber for the Pelicans, opposite Adam Plutko (3-6, 4.63 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 6:40 p.m.
The Pelicans return home on August 12 and will begin a three-game set with the Carolina Mudcats.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.