DE LEON HITS FIRST CAROLINA LEAGUE HOME RUN
MYRTLE BEACH, SC August 27, 2014 – The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, crushed the Winston-Salem Dash 16-5 on Wednesday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. The Pelicans decreased their magic number to four games in order to clinch the second half Southern Division title. The Birds registered 19 hits on the evening and hit two homers for the third straight game. Luis Mendez, Preston Beck, and Chris Grayson all turned in three-hit performances in the rout of the Dash, and shortstop Michael De Leon hit his first long ball as a Pelican.
The Pelicans (35-30, 79-54) scored first in the contest. Graysonhit a triple off of Dash starter J.B. Wendelken to start the first inning. With one out, Beck doubled to right to score Grayson, putting Myrtle Beach on the board 1-0. The Birds added another on a Winston-Salem throwing error, and Kellin Deglan doubled in a third run, extending the lead to 3-0.
The Dash (28-37, 58-76) responded to the early deficit in the second inning with two runs, making the contest 3-2. Myrtle Beach southpaw Victor Payano walked the bases loaded and allowed Trey Michalczewski to score on a fourth free pass to Jake Peter. Keenyn Walker tacked on another run with a sacrifice fly to right field.
Myrtle Beach strung together two five-run innings in the third and seventh innings to put the game out of reach.
Beck, Mendez, and Michael De Leon each doubled in the third inning, knocking in three of the five runs in the inning, making the score 8-2 after three.
In the seventh inning, the Pelicans loaded the bases against Bautistawith no outs. Myrtle Beach collected three singles, drew a walk, and hit a fielder’s choice to score five runs, putting the club ahead by the final score of 16-5.
The Birds added two home runs on the night. Ryan Cordell took Dash pitcher Jose Bautista deep for a solo shot in the fourth inning, while De Leon connected on a two-run home run in the fifth inning. De Leon, 17, is the youngest player to hit a home run in Pelicans history.
While the Pelicans allowed five runs on the night, the pitching staff surrendered only four hits. Payano allowed one in five innings. Ryan Bores surrendered two in his two frames. Cody Ege pitched a perfect eighth, and Jose Leclerc surrendered a lone single in a scoreless ninth.
Payano (5-8) earned the win, striking out four and walking five. He gave up two runs in his five innings of work. Wendelken (6-10) took the loss for the Dash.
The Birds look to win the four-game series against the Winston-Salem Dash in the third game the series on Thursday night at 7:05 pm at Ticketreturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. Chad James (4-3, 2.70)makes his second home start for Myrtle Beach opposite Winston-Salem right-hander James Dykstra (3-3, 5.10). 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.
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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.