Lynchburg snaps Pelicans' winning streak behind walk-off single

Mitchell homers, Patterson lights out in 4-3 loss to Hillcats.

Kevonte Mitchell launched his tenth homer of the season in the Pelicans 4-3 loss to the Hillcats. (Larry Kave - Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Noah Cloonan / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | July 5, 2019 9:13 PM

LYNCHBURG, Va. (July 5, 2019)- The Myrtle Beach Pelicans had their four-game winning streak snapped on Friday night as the Lynchburg Hillcats walked off the Birds 4-3 from City Stadium.

Jack Patterson toed the rubber to start the ballgame in his first appearance at the High-A level and he dominated. Patterson tossed four shutout innings for the Pelicans and struck out four.

The Pelicans (9-7, 30-53) broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fifth inning when Kevonte Mitchell blasted his tenth homer of the season, a solo shot, that gave the Birds a 1-0 lead.

The advantage was short-lived for the Birds as Lynchburg (10-6, 42-41) took the lead with a pair of runs scored in the bottom of the fifth inning. 

Tyler Friis led the inning off with a solo home run that tied the game up at 1-1 and Lynchburg took a 2-1 lead when Jodd Carter blasted an RBI single off of Enrique De Los Rios that gave Lynchburg their first lead of the series. 

In the eighth inning, the Pelicans found some more late inning magic. After The Birds loaded the bases on a hit by pitch and a couple of singles, Tyler Durna grounded into a fielders choice which allowed D.J. Wilson to score from third to even the score. On the same play, the shortstop Friis threw the ball away on the relay first and Jimmy Herron scooted around third to put the Birds ahead 3-2.

After the Hillcats put the winning run on base in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Pelicans turned to Jesus Camargo who hit Mitch Reeves with a pitch to load the bases. With the bases full, Gavin Collins was also hit by a pitch and a run scored to knot the game at 3-3 before Will Benson walked it off for the Hillcats with an RBI single to right that gave Lynchburg the 4-3 win.

The Pelicans will go for their fourth-straight series win on Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. in the series finale. RHP Javier Assad (2-5, 3.42) will take the hill for the Pelicans against LHP Kirk McCarty (1-2, 5.14) for the Hillcats. 

Coverage will begin at 5:45 p.m. on the Pelicans Baseball Network which is available on the TuneIn App, MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast and MiLB First Pitch app.

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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