MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (August 1, 2018) - The Myrtle Beach Pelicans fell in the middle game of a three-game series 8-3 on Wednesday night to the Down East Wood Ducks from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.
The Wood Ducks (47-63, 12-28) used the long ball in the top of the second to get to Pelicans (50-59, 16-23) starter Tyson Miller (8-7). After Charles Leblanc was hit by a pitch with two outs, Andretty Cordero bashed a two-run homer and Ricky Valencia followed with a blast of his own to make it 3-0.
Myrtle Beach answered in the bottom of the fifth with two runs. Wladimir Galindo led off the inning with a walk and Jose Gutierrez singled for D.J. Wilson , who doubled home Galindo and finished his night 2-for-4. Aramis Ademan plated Gutierrez with a ground out to make it 3-2.
Down East answered right back in the top of the sixth inning with back-to-back triples to start the inning from LeDarious Clark and Anderson Tejeda. Two batters later, Josh Altmann ripped an RBI double and Cordero added an RBI single to give the Woodies a 6-2 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Galindo worked a bases-loaded walk to pull the Birds within three, but Down East pulled away again with a sacrifice fly from Clark in the seventh and a Leblanc RBI double in the eight, making it 8-3.
Walker Weickel (2-8) earned the win, tossing five innings while allowing three runs.
The Pelicans and the Woodies conclude their three-game series with Thursday's 7:05 p.m. first pitch. The Birds send RHP Erick Leal (1-1, 0.61 ERA) to the mound against Down East RHP Emerson Martinez (4-10, 4.08 ERA). Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on MiLB.tv, MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast, the MiLB First Pitch app and TuneIn.
Thursday is Myrtle Beach Mermen night featuring a Kenny Powers-inspired bucket hat giveaway to the first 1,000 fans. Additionally, it is Thirsty Thursday with $1 Bud and Bud Light drafts, $2 16 oz. cans and half-off Duplin Wine from 6-8 p.m. presented by Celebrations Nitelife, Axelrod & Associates and WBTW. The night concludes with the final Postgame Concert Series concert from DJ Nabs presented by Grand Strand Bojangles, 98.5 Kiss FM, Coast 97.3, and WBTW.
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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