Myrtle Beach drops heartbreaker in series finale

Birds fall 3-2 in 13 innings

Myrtle Beach turned a season-high four double plays in the Pelicans' 3-2 extra-innings loss to the Wood Ducks on Sunday night. (Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Joey Liberatore / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | July 23, 2017 9:15 PM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (July 23, 2017) - The Myrtle Beach Pelicans came up short Sunday in a 3-2 loss in 13 innings to the Down East Wood Ducks from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

With the contest tied at two in the top of the 13th inning, Preston Scott unloaded on a solo home run to left field off Myrtle Beach (55-44,12-17) reliever Tommy Thorpe (3-4) to give Down East (38-61,14-16) a 3-2 advantage in extras.

With Down East leading 3-2 in the 13th, Scott Williams tossed a scoreless frame for the Woodies to pick up his third save of the season. Wood Ducks catcher Chuck Moorman (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings in the 11th and 12th to pick up the first win of his career. 

With the game scoreless in the second, Scott singled with one out in the frame for the Wood Ducks. Two batters later, Scott swiped second base before scoring on a base hit from Luis La O to give Down East the early advantage. 

With one out in the bottom of the second inning, Tyler Alamo laced a single to right field before advancing to third base on back-to-back two-out knocks from Tyler Pearson and Connor Myers to load the bases. Roberto Caro singled in both Pearson and Myers to put Myrtle Beach at a 2-1 advantage.

Myrtle Beach starter Duncan Robinson tossed five innings of one-run baseball until giving way to the Pelicans bullpen, which surrendered just two runs in eight innings. 

The Pelicans led until the seventh inning when Ti'Quan Forbes launched his first Wood Ducks home run of the season to tie the game at two. 

The Birds had a golden opportunity to score in the 11th inning. Moorman walked Trent Giambrone to begin the frame. After a fielder's choice, Alamo was intentionally walked to put runners on first and second. Two batters later, another intentional walk to Pearson loaded the bases. Myers ripped a liner towards second, but Wood Ducks second baseman Luis La O made a spectacular leaping grab to end the inning and preserve the 2-2 tie. 

Myrtle Beach will welcome the Carolina Mudcats to TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark on Monday at 7:05 p.m. to begin a three-game set. The Pelicans will send RHP Thomas Hatch (4-7, 3.49 ERA) to oppose Mudcats RHP Jordan Yamamoto (2-3, 3.10 ERA). Coverage will begin at 6:50 on MiLB.tv, MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast, the MiLB First Pitch App and TuneIn.

Monday's contest will be a Backpack Buddies Monday, meaning half-off admission to those who bring an item that is listed on the approved Backpack Buddies List.

The 2017 season is the 19th season for the Pelicans franchise and third as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. For information on tickets to see the Pelicans in 2017, please call (843) 918-6000, e-mail info@myrtlebeachpelicans.com, 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 six seasons. The same publication also placed the Pelicans in the Top 100 Stadium Experiences in all of sports in each of the last six years and the best in the Carolina League for six 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 two-time defending Mills Cup Champions, winning the title in 2015 and 2016 as well as 2000 and co-Mills Cup championship honors in the inaugural 1999 season. The Pelicans have made ten postseason appearances behind 12 half-season Southern Division championships, including the first half of the 2015 season and second half of 2016. For more information on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please contact the Pelicans at (843) 918-6000 or emailing Info@MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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