Offensive explosion fires Pelicans to eighth straight win

Birds triumph 10-3 behind Miller's strong start, Mitchell's big night

Kevonte Mitchell went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a two-run home run in the Pelicans' 10-3 win on Saturday night. (Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Zach Bigley / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | June 9, 2018 9:41 PM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (June 8, 2018) - Kevonte Mitchell lashed three extra-base hits and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans secured their eighth straight win on Saturday night by blasting the Salem Red Sox 10-3 from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. 

Though he had to pitch through some early trouble, Tyson Miller (6-4) earned the win for the Pelicans (32-29), only allowing one run on six hits over five innings while striking out six and not walking a batter. 

The Red Sox (28-30) tagged Miller early for a run as Santiago Espinal doubled to end a 14-pitch at-bat and then scored on a Brett Netzer RBI single. 

Luis Ayala tied the game for the Birds in the bottom of the second inning with an RBI single of his own and the Pelicans took the lead when Austin Upshaw scored on a double play in the third.

Mitchell, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run, then put Myrtle Beach up 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run homer, his third of the season. 

The Birds trampled home four more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Andruw Monasterio brought home the inning's first run with an RBI single, P.J. Higgins lined a two-run double down the left field line and Wladimir Galindo capped the frame with an RBI single to make it 8-1 Pelicans. 

After the Red Sox scored two in the top of the seven on a two-run single by Netzer, Myrtle Beach added on in the bottom of the eighth on a two-run single by Galindo. 

Tanner Houck (2-7) was handed the loss, allowing five runs, four earned, over five innings. 

The Pelicans go for their third straight sweep in Sunday's 6:05 p.m. contest from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. RHP Erick Leal  (0-0, 0.00 ERA) goes for the Birds against Salem LHP Darwinzon Hernandez (3-2, 4.68 ERA). Television coverage begins at 6 p.m. on the CW21 and MiLB.tv, with a radio broadcast starting at 5:50 p.m. on MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast, the MiLB First Pitch app and TuneIn.

Ultimate Kids Sunday comes to Pelicans Ballpark with free inflatables, face painting and more, presented by Anderson Brothers Bank.

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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