Galindo, Lange help Pelicans thwart late Astros rally

Birds edge Buies Creek 4-3 for fifth straight win

Wladimir Galindo bopped a three-run home run Wednesday in Myrtle Beach's 4-3 win at Buies Creek. (Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Scott Kornberg / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | June 6, 2018 8:55 PM

LILLINGTON, N.C. (June 6, 2018) - Wladimir Galindo blasted a three-run home run Wednesday to back six shutout innings from Alex Lange in the Myrtle Beach Pelicans' 4-3 win over the Buies Creek Astros from Jim Perry Stadium.

In a scoreless game in the fourth, Galindo doubled off Buies Creek (32-26) starter Brandon Bailey (1-6) with two outs. Kevonte Mitchell , who notched two hits, promptly singled in Galindo for the game's first run.

Lange (4-2) scattered a pair of hits and a walk in six shutout innings, striking out four to earn the win. He pushed his scoreless innings streak to 19, and over his last four starts, the right-hander has pitched to a 0.41 ERA (1 ER in 22.0 IP).

With the score still 1-0, Andruw Monasterio singled and Aramis Ademan walked to begin the ninth. After a sacrifice bunt, Galindo launched an opposite field shot to push the Pelicans' (29-29) lead to 4-0.

That homer proved to be huge in the bottom of the ninth. Kristian Trompiz started the frame with a walk. Two batters later, a J.J. Matijevic single put runners on the corners. Abraham Toro followed with an RBI single and then Ronnie Dawson hit an RBI ground out to halve the Birds' lead to 4-2.

Myrtle Beach brought Casey Bloomquist in the game. However, Jake Adams walked and Luis Payano hit an RBI single to get Buies Creek within 4-3. However, with the tying run on second and the winning run on first, Chuckie Robinson grounded out to end the ballgame. Bloomquist earned his first save of the season.

The victory was Myrtle Beach's season-high fifth straight and the Birds' 11th in their last 13 contests. The Pelicans also pushed their record to .500 for the first time all year.

RHP Cory Abbott (0-0, 0.00 ERA) makes his High-A debut against Astros RHP Tyler Ivey (0-0, 6.00 ERA) in Thursday's 6 p.m. contest as the Birds vie for a sweep. Coverage begins at 5:45 p.m. on MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast, the MiLB First Pitch app and TuneIn.

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.

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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