Pearson's blast secures series win

Pelicans knock off Carolina 4-2 behind Pearson's second inning homer

Tyler Pearson launched a two-run home run in the Pelicans' 4-2 victory over Carolina on Sunday night. (Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Joey Liberatore / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | August 13, 2017 9:04 PM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (August 13, 2017) - Tyler Pearson's  two-run home run and Kyle Miller's pitching Sunday helped lead the Myrtle Beach Pelicans to a series win over the Carolina Mudcats with a 4-2 victory at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

With Carolina (57-61, 21-29) leading 1-0 in the bottom of the second, Myrtle Beach (61-58, 18-31) rallied against Mudcats starter Frank Lopez (3-5). Tyler Alamo began off the frame with a base hit before Pearson's two-run shot gave the Pelicans a 2-1 advantage. Following Pearson, Adonis Paula walked and then advanced to third on a double from Connor Myers. Roberto Caro hit a sacrifice fly to bring in the third run of the frame. With one out, Zack Short laced a base hit to left field, scoring Myers and giving the Birds a 4-1 lead after two frames. 

Miller allowed just two earned runs over five frames, scattering five hits and striking out a pair. Marc Huberman and Tommy Thorpe teamed up to toss three scoreless frames before Scott Effross fired a scoreless ninth inning to notch his sixth save of the season. 

In the second, Lucas Erceg doubled to start the inning before scoring on a Cooper Hummel RBI single, giving the Muddies first blood.

With one out in the top of the third, Jose Cuas singled to center field before moving to second on a wild pitch. With two men retired and Cuas on third following a ground out, Corey Ray singled home the runner to cut the Mudcats' deficit in half to 4-2. 

With back-to-back wins, Myrtle Beach will search for their third straight win for the first time in the second half of the 2017 season in Monday's 7 p.m. series opener at Winston-Salem. The Birds will send RHP Thomas Hatch  (4-10, 4.20 ERA) to the mound to oppose Dash RHP A.J. Puckett (9-7, 4.01 ERA). Coverage will begin at 6:45 p.m. on MyrtleBeachPelicans.com, TuneIn and the MiLB First Pitch app. 

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.

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