LILLINGTON, N.C. (July 6, 2018) - A first-inning rain delay on Friday night sparked the Buies Creek Astros to an 11-0 win over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans from Jim Perry Stadium.
With a runner on first and a 1-0 count to the second hitter in the bottom of the first inning, J.J. Matijevic, the game was paused for 52 minutes due to rain.
Upon resumption, Pelicans (39-47, 5-11) starter Erich Uelmen (2-1), who just threw seven pitches and did not recored an out, and Astros (49-36, 12-4) starter Brady Rodgers were both removed.
The Astros jumped out in front with six runs in the first inning. Ronnie Dawson started the scoring with an RBI single before Bryan De La Cruz plated Osvaldo Duarte with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. Jake Adams cranked an RBI single, Cody Bohanek delivered an RBI single and Carlos Canelon capped the frame with a two-run blast to make it 6-0.
In the third, Canelon knocked in a run on a fielder's choice to make it 7-0. Jonathan Arauz then smacked an RBI single before Corey Julks hit an RBI double. Matijevic immediately followed with a two-run two-bagger of his own to put the Astros out in front 11-0.
Brandon Bailey (3-8) earned the win with six shutout frames out of the bullpen for the Astros.
Kevonte Mitchell , Aramis Ademan and Austin Upshaw all reached twice on the night.
The Pelicans continue their five-game series at Buies Creek with Saturday's 5 p.m. contest. LHP Bryan Hudson (4-7, 5.46 ERA) starts against Buies Creek LHP Brett Adcock (5-3, 2.88 ERA). Coverage begins at 4:45 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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