Birds walk off Wilmington in series finale

Vargas shines, Galindo delivers walk-off single in the 10th to give the Pelicans a 1-0 win

Alexander Vargas delivered a quality start for the Pelicans on Sunday as he tossed six, scoreless innings. (Larry Kave - Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Noah Cloonan / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | August 11, 2019 8:38 PM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (August 11, 2019)- It took 10 innings, but the Myrtle Beach Pelicans knocked off the Wilmington Blue Rocks 1-0 in extra innings on a walk-off RBI single from Wladimir Galindo on Sunday night from TIcketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. 

In the bottom of the tenth inning, Jose Gutierrez entered as a pinch runner for the Birds and opened the inning at second base. The Blue Rocks intentionally walked Delvin Zinn to lead off the inning and a wild pitch moved the runners up to second and third. After a walk to Aramis Ademan loaded the bases, Galindo ended the ballgame with an RBI single to right off of Josh Dye (L, 4-2) that gave the Birds a 1-0 win. 

In the series finale, the Blue Rocks (24-25, 68-50) and Pelicans (25-25, 46-71) settled into a pitchers duel. Neither team found the scoreboard in the first nine innings, and after the Blue Rocks went without a run in the top of the tenth inning, the Birds won it in the bottom of the tenth inning. 

Alexander Vargas delivered a brilliant start for the Pelicans in the series finale on Sunday night. The righty tossed six, shutout innings and allowed just five hits and struck out three in a no-decision. 

Rito Lugo matched Vargas pitch-for-pitch as he set a season high with seven strikeouts and held the Birds off the scoreboard through 5.2 innings of work.

Manuel Rodriguez (W, 1-3) earned the win for the Pelicans after he fired two, scoreless innings in relief. 

The Pelicans finish their six-game homestand winning three out of six games and remain two games behind Fayetteville in the Southern Division.

After an off day on Monday, the Pelicans will open a three-game series on the road against Potomac at 7:05 p.m.

The Birds will send LHP Brailyn Marquez (0-0, 0.00) to the hill, while Potomac has yet to announce a starting pitcher. 

Coverage starts at 6:50 p.m. on MiLB.tv, MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast and the MiLB First Pitch and TuneIn Apps.

The 2019 season is the 21st season for the Pelicans franchise and fifth 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.

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 TripAdvisor.com 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 Info@MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

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