KINSTON, N.C. (May 8, 2018) - Charles Leblanc blasted a walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning in Wednesday's rubber game for the Down East Wood Ducks to topple the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 4-2 from Grainger Stadium.
The Pelicans (13-20) led 2-1 in the bottom of the 10th inning, but Down East (17-16) put runners on the corners with no one out. Leblanc crushed a Wyatt Short (0-1) pitch over the left field foul poll, his second homer of the game, to win the contest for the Woodies.
Bryan Hudson started the game for Myrtle Beach and threw well. The lefty allowed only one run on three hits over six innings of work while striking out five. He did not walk a batter. At one point, Hudson retired 11 straight batters.
The lone run that Hudson yielded was a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning by Leblanc.
In the top of the eighth, the Birds fought back to tie the game. P.J. Higgins scored on a Wladimir Galindo RBI double to knot the game at 1-1. That tie held, and for the first time this season for the Pelicans, the game entered extra innings.
With the new rules in Minor League Baseball, the batter who was up last in the previous inning starts at second base to begin the new frame. In the top of the 10th, Connor Myers began the frame at second and scored on a safety squeeze bunt by Andruw Monasterio to make it 2-1 in favor.
That set up the bottom of the 10th inning for Leblanc to win it.
Tyler Peyton and Jordan Minch were both solid out of the bullpen, combining to toss three scoreless innings to guide the game into extra innings.
The Pelicans will return home next to start a four-game tilt against the Buies Creek Astros with Thursday's 7:05 p.m. first pitch. The Birds will send RHP Alex Lange (1-1, 4.15 ERA) against the Astros' Abdiel Saldana (3-0, 1.91 ERA). Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on MiLB.tv, MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast, TuneIn and the MiLB First Pitch app.
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The 2018 season is the 20th season for the Pelicans franchise and fourth as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. For tickets visit MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/tickets, call (843) 918-6000, or visit the Pelicans Box Office.
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