Myrtle Beach splits de facto doubleheader in Frederick

Pelicans win 2-1 in suspended game before falling 8-4 in finale

Jared Young whacked his sixth home run of the season on Sunday in Frederick. (Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Zach Bigley / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | September 2, 2018 5:23 PM

FREDERICK, Md. (September 2, 2018) - Following a 2-1 win in a suspended game on Sunday, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans fell 8-4 to the Frederick Keys on a walk-off grand slam from Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium. 

Due to rain, Saturday's game was suspended after five scoreless innings. In the first game of the day, the Pelicans (61-77, 27-41) and Keys (64-72, 29-38) picked up in the top of the sixth inning. Bryan Hudson had thrown five shutout innings for the Pelicans with five strikeouts before the suspension.

After the Keys scored a run on a Randolph Gassaway single in the bottom of the sixth, the Pelicans came back to take the lead. Yeiler Peguero singled home the game-tying run in the seventh and Luis Ayala hit into an RBI fielder's choice to give the Birds a 2-1 lead.

Manuel Rondon (2-5) earned the win in his two innings of work for the Birds while Frederick's Tyler Erwin (4-4) was handed the loss.

The Pelicans struck first in the second game of the day. Zach Davis rolled an RBI single up the middle in the second to score Wladimir Galindo , making it 1-0. 

The Keys tied the game in the bottom of the third when Cole Billingsley scored on a wild pitch. 

Frederick then took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning when Chris Clare lined out to center for a sacrifice fly that scored Collin Woody. 

The lead did not last long, however. Jared Young knotted up the game again with a solo home run in the top of the sixth, his sixth blast of the season with the Birds.

In the top of the ninth, the Pelicans nabbed the lead. Michael Cruz scored on an error and Davis stole home on the back end of a double steal. That gave the Birds a 4-2 advantage. 

The Keys tied the game in the bottom of the ninth inning when Billingsley smacked a two-run single up the middle. 

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning, T.J. Nichting crushed a walk-off grand slam off of Yapson Gomez (1-2), giving the Keys a 8-4 win.

Matt Trowbridge (5-2) earned the win for the Keys.

The Pelicans and Keys conclude the 2018 campaign at 2 p.m. on Monday. Myrtle Beach will send RHP Tyson Miller (9-8, 3.63 ERA) to the mound against Frederick RHP Cristian Alvarado (11-11, 4.26 ERA). Coverage starts at 1:45 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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