Pelicans blank Blue Rocks to take series

Steele sets tone, Birds complete 14th shutout in 3-0 win

Justin Steele was brilliant in his start on Sunday, not allowing a hit until the sixth inning with one out. He finished after 5.1 innings, only allowing one hit while striking out two and walking two. (Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Zach Bigley / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | August 12, 2018 7:44 PM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (August 12, 2018) - Justin Steele did not allow a hit until the sixth and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans shut out the Wilmington Blue Rocks 3-0 Sunday from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. 

Steele (1-1) earned the win for the Pelicans (52-66, 18-30), throwing no-hit baseball against the Blue Rocks (60-58, 29-19) through his 5.1 innings until allowing a single to Blake Perkins. He finished only allowing the one hit while striking out two and walking two. Yapson Gomez added 2.2 shutout innings and Tyler Peyton fired a scoreless ninth inning to earn his ninth save on the season.

The Pelicans attacked Ofreidy Gomez (4-10) early on. In the bottom of the first inning, D.J. Wilson , who finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, led off the inning with a single before Aramis Ademan walked. Jhonny Pereda then smacked an RBI double down the left side to put the Birds on the board. 

After singling to start the sixth, Jared Young moved to third on an Andruw Monasterio single and came around to score on a wild pitch to make it 2-0. 

With Monasterio at second and Tyler Alamo at first in the eighth, Zach Davis looped an RBI single into right to give the Pelicans a 3-0 advantage.

Following a day off on Monday, the Pelicans are back on the road for a four-game, three-day series in Woodbridge, Va. against the Potomac Nationals. A doubleheader starts the series at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. The Birds send RHP Alex Lange (6-8, 4.01 ERA) to the mound for game one of the set. Coverage begins at 4:45 for a 5 p.m. first pitch 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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