MYRTLE BEACH’S FIVE-RUN FIRST LEADS WAY TO VICTORY
MYRTLE BEACH, SC August 29, 2014 – The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, defeated the Winston-Salem Dash 8-2 on Friday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. The Pelicans decreased their magic number to two in order to clinch the second half Southern Division title. Myrtle Beach scored three runs before Dash starter Nick Blount recorded an out in Friday’s five-run first inning. The Pelicans led the rest of the way, and the lead never shrunk to fewer than four runs.
The Pelicans (36-31, 80-55) opened up the contest in the first inning with five runs. Chris Grayson extended his hitting streak to six games, leading off the frame with a solo shot off Blount to right field, putting the Birds up 1-0. Christopher Bostick then singled, and Preston Beck then walked to put runners on first and third. Royce Bolinger following with a single to center field to score Bostick, extending the lead to 2-0. Ryan Cordell singled to right, scoring Bolinger making it 3-0 Pelicans—all before Blount recorded an out. With two outs, Michael De Leon hit a bloop single to left field, scoring Bolinger and Cordell, before Luis Mendez was thrown out in an attempt to go from first to third on the play to end the inning.
Myrtle Beach right-hander Sam Wolff cruised through the Winston-Salem lineup for the first five innings, scattering four hits and no walks in five shutout frames.
In the sixth inning, however, the Dash (29-38, 59-77) got on the board. A leadoff walk came around to score on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Courtney Hawkins, cutting the deficit to 6-1.
The Rapid City, South Dakota native went six innings, striking out four, walking one, and allowing one run, earned. The first-year starter gave up five hits in the contest en route to his ninth win.
In the eighth inning, Winston-Salem tacked on a run off of Cody Buckel with a walk and an RBI double by Zach Voight.
Myrtle Beach put the game out of reach in the bottom half of the inning. With one out, Beck faced Dash pitcher Sean Hagan with runners on second and third. Beck hit a single on a ground ball to left field, scoring De Leon and Grayson, sealing the deal, as Myrtle Beach went on to win by the score of 8-2.
De Leon went 2-for-3 in the contest with two runs batted in. The 17 year-old is now hitting at a .353 clip for the Pelicans in his four games with the team with six RBI and five runs scored.
Wolff (9-5) earned the win for the Pelicans, while Blount (0-1) took the loss for the Dash.
With a win on Saturday and a Salem loss, the Pelicans clinch the second half Southern Division title.
Myrtle Beach hosts Lynchburg for a three-game series to finish out the regular season. The set begins on Saturday night at 7:05 pm at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. The Pelicans open with southpaw Chad Bell (6-3, 3.90 ERA), opposing Hillcats right-hander Wes Parsons (4-7, 5.20 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 6:45 p.m.
Saturday is Ticket Amnesty night presented by WAVE 104.1 and 96.1 WKZQ; any unused ticket can be redeemed for a ticket of equal or lesser value. Saturday is also Local’s Appreciation Night courtesy of Sparks Toyota and WMBF. Fans that show their local I.D. will receive $3.00 off their ticket.
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 eight half-season Southern Division titles, most recently in the first half this season. For more information on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please contact Nathan Barnett by calling (843) 918-6080 or emailing NBarnett@MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.