FREDERICK, MD.-The Myrtle Beach Pelicans (50-98, 7-11) scored four times in the eighth inning on their way to a 10-7 victory over the Frederick Keys (37-49, 6-11) on Monday afternoon at Nymeo Field. Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was 1-4 with a double and a walk in his first Major League rehab game of the year.
It did not take long for the Pelicans to take a 1-0 lead, as Zack Short homered on the second pitch of the ballgame. The Keys would strike back, however, in the bottom of the frame with two runs of their own. Davis walked, and Ademar Rifaela was hit by a pitch. Ryan Mountcastle then doubled in both runners, making it 2-1.
Myrtle Beach used a trio of doubles to retake the lead in the second. Tyler Alamo walked, and scored on a Connor Myers two-bagger to left field. Robert Garcia then doubled to the same spot, bringing in Myers. The next batter was Short, who hit the final double of the frame to score Garcia, putting the Pelicans in front by two.
One run would come in for the Keys in the bottom of the second. Glynn Davis doubled, and scored on an error from third baseman Jesse Hodges. Myrtle Beach would get that run back in the third with a home run from Alamo. It was his first of two big flies in the contest, and the score moved to 5-3 Pelicans.
The Keys brought eight men to bat in the fifth. Rifaela walked, and advanced to third on Mountcastle's second double. A sacrifice fly from Shane Hoelscher scored a run, and Mountcastle was brought in on a Glynn Davis double. He would then score on a Ricardo Andujar single, giving the Keys a 6-5 lead.
Eddy Martinez would tie up the game in the sixth with an RBI single, scoring Short. He then gave the Pelicans the lead with an RBI double in the eighth, and the Pelicans scored three times after that. Hodges singled, putting two on for Alamo. He launched a Mike Burke pitch over the wall for a three-run blast, improving the lead to 10-6.
In the bottom of the eighth, Chris Davis ended his game on a high note. The first basemen cranked a double to right-center field, and was replaced by Steve Laurino . Laurino then scored on a Rifaela single, making it 10-7 and ending the scoring for both sides.
James Norwood (2-0) picked up the win for Myrtle Beach, tossing two innings and surrendering just one hit while not giving up a run and striking out a man. Reid Love (1-3) took the loss. Coming out of the bullpen, the left-hander threw 2.2 innings and gave up two runs on three hits while walking a pair.
The Keys have a scheduled off day on Tuesday before making their first trip to Buies Creek to play the Astros on Wednesday. Ofelky Peralta (2-7, 6.13) takes the ball for the Keys and will be opposed by right-hander Hector Perez (3-3, 3.00) for the Astros. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., and the game can be heard on 1450 AM The Source, frederickkeys.com, and the TuneIn Radio App.
Frederick returns home on July 20th for a four-game series against the Wilmington Blue Rocks. Homestand highlights include two nights of fireworks along with "Home Improvement" Night on the 22nd with an appearance from Richard Karn, who played Al Borland on the hit T.V. show. For tickets, fans can call 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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