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Pelicans hang on to one-run win over Hillcats
Faulkner bests Sims in pitchers' duel
07/11/2014 11:23 PM ET
Pelicans pitcher Andrew Faulkner added five innings to his scoreless streak which is now at 16 innings and lowered his ERA to 2.10, second-best in the league, en route to his eighth win of the year. (Robert Gurganus / Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C (JULY 11, 2014) - The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, opened the homestand with a 2-1 victory over the Lynchburg Hillcats on Friday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. The Pelicans got five scoreless innings out of Andrew Faulkner and kept the Hillcats hitless with runners in scoring position, stranding 14 baserunners.

Faulkner surrendered a two-out triple to Jose Martinez in the first inning but got out of the jam, and his offense then staked him to an early lead.

Chris Garia began the first with an infield single. On a 1-0 pitch, Edwin Garcia punched a double to left field that was bobbled by Martinez. The error allowed Garia to score. Braves pitching prospect Lucas Sims then struck out Nick Williams and Jorge Alfaro before getting Preston Beck to fly out to end the inning, limiting the Pelicans to one unearned run.

Faulkner, and the rest of Pelicans staff, worked out of trouble most of the night. The Hillcats (9-13, 43-49) got a single in the second, had two on with one out in the third and the fourth, and another hit in the fifth but failed to score. Faulkner struck out five, scattering five hits and two walks.

The Pelicans (13-10, 57-34) tacked on insurance in the fifth inning. With out, Royce Bolinger smacked a line drive solo home run to left field to put the team ahead 2-0.

Kevin Pucetas came on in the sixth inning in relief of Faulkner. He hit Will Skinner to open the frame. After getting a pop out, Emerson Landoni doubled to deep right field to put the Hillcats on the scoreboard, cutting the lead to 2-1. After a walk, Pucetas got out of the spot by retiring Blake Brown and Daniel Carroll.

He then tossed a scoreless seventh. Coming back out in the eighth, he walked Landoni with one out, finishing his night. Abel De Los Santos entered with the tying run on base. He walked Joe Odom put induced a pop out of Brown and got Carroll to bounce out to end the inning.

De Los Santos allowed two more baserunners in the ninth but nailed down the save, getting Justin Bloxom to fly out to end the inning with the tying and go-ahead runs aboard.

The Hillcats finished 0-for-10 with runners in soring position and left 14 men on base.

Faulkner (8-1) picked up his eighth win and a win in his fourth straight outing. Sims (6-8) suffered the defeat, while De Los Santos (7) picked up his seventh save in seven save chances.

The Pelicans continue their home series with the Hillcats on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. The Pelicans turn to Victor Payano (3-6, 5.20 ERA) in game two of the set. Opposing Payano is Cody Scarpetta (3-2, 2.67 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 Disco Night, featuring a T-Shirt Giveaway. It's also Locals Appreciation Night courtesy of Sparks Toyota and WMBF News; fans can show their local ID to get $3.00 off their game ticket. Embrace Hospice also presents an Embrace Veterans Saturday, and there will be a pre-game jump by the All-Veterans Parachute team.

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 info@myrtlebeachpelicans.com, 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.