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Bote, Flete end scoreless stalemate with walk-off in 11

Birds set club record for wins in a month
August 30, 2016

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (August 30, 2016) - Bryant Flete singled up the middle to help the Myrtle Beach Pelicans to a 1-0 walk-off win over the Lynchburg Hillcats in 11 innings Tuesday at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

In a scoreless game in the bottom of the eleventh, Pelicans (78-55, 42-21) infielder David Bote tripled to the wall in right-center to begin the frame. After Hillcats (82-52, 37-27) reliever Jared Robinson (3-5) struck out Jesse Hodges, Flete singled to center to score Bote and win the game for Myrtle Beach.

The win is the Pelicans' eighth straight, and second consecutive walk-off in against Lynchburg. Ian Rice ended the last matchup with Lynchburg on a walk-off single in the tenth inning on August 21.

Myrtle Beach's 29th win in 36 games is also the club's 22nd victory in August, setting a new Pelicans record for triumphs in a month.

Birds pitchers struck out 14 batters on the night, led by the starter Trevor Clifton, who fanned seven. Clifton worked six shutout frames, allowing only three hits without walking anyone.

Tommy Thorpe then tossed three scoreless innings, striking out two without allowing a hit. Daury Torrez (2-2) whiffed five in two innings of one-hit ball to earn the win.

With the game scoreless in the bottom of the ninth, the Pelicans got a leadoff double from Yasiel Balaguert to put the potential winning run into scoring position. After Lynchburg intentionally walked Flete, Ian Rice popped up a bunt. Robinson charged to field the pop up but intentionally let the ball drop, starting a 1-5-4 double play. Robinson then got Jeffrey Baez to bounce into a fielder's choice to end the inning and send the game to extras.

The Pelicans and Hillcats will meet again Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. RHP Preston Morrison (3-0, 2.12 ERA) makes the start for Myrtle Beach against Lynchburg LHP Thomas Pannone (2-0, 2.35 ERA). Fans can enjoy BOGO Hebrew National hot dogs. Coverage of the game begins at 6:50 p.m. on MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast, the MiLB First Pitch app, TuneIn and MiLB.tv.

The 2016 season is the 18th season for the Pelicans franchise and second as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. For information on tickets to see the Pelicans in 2016, please call (843) 918-6000, e-mail [email protected], or visit www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

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. The park has ranked in the top eight in all of Minor League Baseball by Stadium Journey in each of the last five seasons. The same publication also placed the Pelicans in the Top 100 Stadium Experiences in all of sports in each of the last five years and the best in the Carolina League for five straight seasons as well. In May 2015, TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark won the 2015 TripAdvisor.com Certificate of Excellence award. The Pelicans are the defending Mills Cup Champions, winning the title in 2015 as well as 2000 and co-Mills Cup championship honors in the inaugural 1999 season. The Pelicans have made nine postseason appearances behind 11 half-season Southern Division championships, including the first half of the 2015 season, as well as five Southern Division titles, most recently in 2015. For more information on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please contact the Pelicans at (843) 918-6000 or emailing [email protected].