BIRDS BULLPEN PITCHES FOUR SCORELESS INNINGS
MYRTLE BEACH, SC August 20, 2014 – The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, dropped game two 3-1 to the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Wednesday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. Despite the loss, the Pelicans remained in sole possession of first place in the Southern Division, as the Salem Red Sox also lost.
The Blue Rocks (28-27, 61-62) opened the scoring in the top of the second inning. With one out, Frank Schwindel hit his first Carolina League home run to left field to put Wilmington ahead 1-0.
The Pelicans (30-28, 74-52) tied the game in the bottom of the second on a solo home run by Royce Bolinger.
Wilmington retook the lead in the top of the fourth. With one out, Zane Evans led off with a single, and the Pelicans starter Chad Bell walked Schwindel and Cam Gallagher to load the bases. Jared Schlehuber hit an RBI single to left field to score Evans and increase the Rocks’ lead to 2-1. Bell got out of the inning by striking out Fred Ford and inducing a fielder’s choice ground out by Ramon Torres.
The Rocks took a 3-1 lead in the fifth. After Brett Eibner grounded out, Raul Mondesi launched a solo shot off of the scoreboard in left-center field. Bubba Starling then hit a double in the next at-bat. Evans stuck out in his at-bat, and Schlehuber hit a single to left field. On Schlehuber’s single, Starling was thrown out at home by left fielder Chris Grayson to end the inning.
Victor Payano entered the game in relief in the sixth inning and pitched three scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and struck out three batters.
After Grayson’s double to lead off the fifth inning, the Pelicans did not get on base until the ninth inning. Blue Rocks starter Glenn Sparkman and relievers Zeb Sneed and Kyle Bartsch combined to retire 13 consecutive batters.
Sparkman pitched six innings for the Rocks, allowing one run on four hits while striking out four and walking one.
Bartsch (5) entered the game in the ninth and worked around a one-out single by Preston Beck to pick up the save.
Sparkman (8-2) earned the win. Bell (5-3) allowed three runs in five innings and took the loss.
The Pelicans play the series finale with the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Thursday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. Luis Parra (9-6, 4.82) starts for Myrtle Beach opposite of Wilmington starter Miguel Almonte (6-6, 4.67).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.
Thursday night is Thirsty Thursday, presented by 96.1 WKZQ, Celebrations Nitelife, The Weekly Surge, and WBTW News Channel 13. Fans can purchase $1.00 draft Bud and Bud Lights from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday night is also Happy Day. There will also be postgame fireworks.
After Pelicans General Manager and Vice President Andy Milovich challenged the Pelicans on Tuesday night, the team will take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after the game on Thursday night. All buckets will be autographed by the individual player or coach. The fan with the highest bid will have the honor of dumping the bucket of ice water on their respective player/coach at the conclusion of the game and get to keep the bucket. All proceeds from the bucket auction will benefit the ALS Association.
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.