MYRTLE BEACH , SC -A Bryant Flete double in the bottom of the seventh saw the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (38-26) go from one run down to one up, as they posted a 5-4 victory over the Frederick Keys (29-34) on Monday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Park. Leading going into the seventh, the Keys bullpen suffered its sixth blown save in its last eight games. Frederick has now dropped five straight for the second time this year.
Tyler Alamo and Trent Giambrone singled off Brian Gonzalez to open the seventh, while the duo moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt. Keys manager Keith Bodie went to the bullpen, calling on Reid Love . Opening his night against Flete, the Pelicans leadoff man drove Love's 0-1 pitch down the rightfield line.
The Keys loaded the bases in the top of the seventh and put the tying run aboard in the eighth, but the Pelicans bullpen trio of Scott Effross, James Norwood and Jordan Minch closed the door.
The Pelicans took a 3-0 lead after one inning. P.J. Higgins and Daniel Spingola recorded back-to-back singles, while Gonzalez (2-4) walked Eloy Jimenez to load up the bases. The Keys left-hander induced a fielder's choice to get the runner at the plate, but Jesse Hodges followed with a two-run double to get Myrtle Beach on the board. One batter later, Eddy Martinez scored on a wild pitch.
The Keys chipped away from there, scoring the next four runs. In the third, Austin Hays cranked a solo home run to left off Ryan Kellogg, while Steve Laurino followed with deep fly to left-center one inning later.
In the fifth, the orange and black went ahead, racking up five hits in the process. Hays and Ryan Mountcastle singled, but a double play took a pair off the basepaths. From there, the Keys racked up three straight hits. After falling behind 1-2, Ademar Rifaela swept a single through the right side of the infield to plate Hays.
Alex Murphy then reached via an infield single, while a throwing error by shortstop Trent Giambrone put men at second and third for Shane Hoelscher who hit an opposite field RBI single to right.
Effross (3-1) earned the win tossing 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball. Gonzalez (2-4) suffered the loss, giving up five runs over 6.1 innings, while Jordan Minch picked up the final two outs of the ninth to post his first save.
Frederick and Myrtle Beach play the middle game of their series on Tuesday night at TicketReturn.com Field. Right-hander Ofelky Peralta (0-4, 6.55) makes the start for the Keys and will be opposed by Pelicans right-hander Adbert Alzolay (5-1, 3.14). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m and can be heard on 1450 AM The Source, frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn Radio App.
The Keys return to Nymeo Field on Thursday, June 15 when the Lynchburg Hillcats come to town. For tickets fans can call the Keys at 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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