Birds take series over Hillcats with 4-3 win in finale

Myrtle Beach pitching just surrenders seven runs over the three-game set

D.J. Wilson went 3-for-4 with two runs scored Sunday in the Birds' win over Lynchburg. (Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Zach Bigley / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | July 29, 2018 9:24 PM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (July 29, 2018) - Aramis Ademan ripped a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh inning Sunday to drive the Myrtle Beach Pelicans to a 4-3 win over the Lynchburg Hillcats from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. 

With the game knotted at 2-2, the Pelicans (49-58, 15-22) collected back-to-back singles from Kevonte Mitchell and D.J. Wilson , who went 3-for-4, off of Hillcats (49-55, 20-17) starter Eli Morgan (6-4). Ademan then smacked the two-run single to put the Birds in front 4-2. 

In the ninth, the Hillcats threatened, plating a run on an RBI single from Jodd Carter, but Jose Paulino locked down his third save on the season.

Tyler Peyton (3-3) earned the win for the Birds, throwing 2.2 innings out of the bullpen. Justin Steele pitched well in his first start of the season for Myrtle Beach. He tossed five innings while allowing just one unearned run. 

In the bottom of the first inning, Jhonny Pereda plated Wilson with a sacrifice fly for the game's first run.

The Hillcats tied the game in the second when Connor Capel scored on a throwing error following a stolen base. 

Wladimir Galindo scored on a wild pitch in the fifth to give the Birds a 2-1 lead beofre the Hillcats tied it again with a sacrifice fly from Alexis Pantoja in the seventh. 

In the win, both Pereda and Jared Young extended their on-base streaks to 20 games each. The streaks tie Andruw Monasterio , who had his from June 6-28, for the longest of the year for the Birds. 

The Pelicans enjoy a day off on Monday before beginning a three-game set Tuesday with Down East. The Birds send RHP Alex Lange (6-7, 3.61) to the mound for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch against Down East RHP Walker Weickel (1-8, 4.86). Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on,, the MiLB First Pitch app and TuneIn. 

Tuesday will feature $2 tacos and tallboys presented by Abuelos Mexican Restaurant, Nash FM and WBTW. 

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, call (843) 918-6000, or visit the Pelicans Box Office.

ABOUT THE PELICANS: The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and play their home games at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Since being acquired by a group led by Chuck Greenberg during the 2006 season, the Pelicans have repeatedly set team attendance records and become known as one of Minor League Baseball's most innovative and creative franchises. The team and its employees have been dedicated to making a difference in the Myrtle Beach community, specifically giving back over $2 million in donations, fundraising proceeds, in-kind services and community service since launching the Pelicans Play It Forward Community Initiative in 2013. TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark has ranked in the top eight in all of Minor League Baseball by Stadium Journey in six of the last seven seasons. The same publication also placed the Pelicans in the Top 100 Stadium Experiences and the best in the Carolina League for six of the past seven seasons. In June 2017, the Pelicans won the 2017 Certificate of Excellence award. On the field, the team has won four Mills Cup Championships, including claims to back-to-back titles in 1999 and 2000, and again in 2015 and 2016. The Pelicans have made 11 postseason appearances behind 13 half-season Southern Division championships, including the first half of the 2015 season, second half of 2016 and first half of 2017. For more information on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please contact the Pelicans at (843) 918-6000 or email

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