TWO UNEARNED RUNS UPEND BIRDS IN SIX-INNING GAME
LYNCHBURG, VA August 23, 2014 – The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, suffered a rain-shortened 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Lynchburg Hillcats on Saturday night at Calvin Falwell Field. The Birds allowed two unearned runs in the fourth, the game was delayed in the sixth, and ultimately called due to inclement weather.
Both starting pitchers worked out of jams in the early going. Blair Walters of Lynchburg allowed a first-inning walk, surrendered two runners in the second and three in the third, but avoided a run from coming across. The best early chance for the Pelicans (32-29, 76-53) came in the second.
Christopher Bostick singled to open the inning and reached second when the ball was juggled in left field by Blake Brown. Kellin Deglan then moved Bostick to third on a deep fly ball to right center, but Walters worked out of the jam. Chris Grayson hit a ground ball to second, and Bostick was tagged out at the plate. Walters then struck out Luis Mendez to escape the inning.
Walters settled back in during the fourth, striking out the side.
Pelicans left-hander Chad James worked around a first inning error and induced a double play to face the minimum after hitting a batter in the second. He dodged troubled in the third after allowed a two-out walk and a single by getting a fielder’s choice off the bat of Jose Martinez to send the game to the fourth with no score.
Lynchburg (29-31, 63-67) struck for the only runs in the fifth. With two outs and two on, Mendez bobbled a grounder at short. The ball kicked into the outfield, allowing Kevin Ahrens to score from third. Yenier Bello and Blake Brown then singled back-to-back to bring around another tally and extend the lead to 2-0. Johan Camargo was thrown out at home trying to score on Brown’s single to end the inning.
Both runs were unearned and the only runs of the night.
The Pelicans got a leadoff triple from Bostick in the sixth, and after Chris Grayson was hit by a pitch, the Birds had men at the corners with just one out. That’s when Lynchburg turned to the bullpen, bringing in lefty Brady Feigel. Grayson was caught stealing, and the reliever struck out Nick Vickerson to end the threat and keep the shutout intact.
Eric Garcia led off the sixth inning against new Pelicans pitcher Cody Buckel with a single, as the rain began to fall. Before Buckel threw a pitch to the second hitter of the inning, the game was delayed, and, after a 57-minute delay, the contest was called due to rain.
James (4-3) shouldered the tough luck loss, allowing two unearned runs in five innings. He walked two, hit a batter, and struck out five, allowing four hits. The win went to the starter Walters (5-1) who fanned a season-high eight batters over 5 1/3 innings.
The two clubs continue the series on Sunday at 6:05 p.m. at Calvin Falwell Field. The Pelicans send Sam Wolff (8-5, 3.21 ERA) to the hill opposite Daniel Watts (2-4, 4.91 ERA 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 5:45 p.m.
The Birds return home for their final homestand beginning on Tuesday night, when they will begin a four-game series with the Winston-Salem Dash. Tuesday night is Golf Night, featuring a golf hat giveaway to the first 1,000 fans. It is also Friends and Family Night and $2sday Brewsday, featuring $2.00 craft draught beers from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
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.