Pelicans salvage the series finale against Down East

Balego homers, Birds defeat Wood Ducks 5-3 in series finale

Cam Balego launched a solo homer in the second inning of the Pelicans 5-3 win over the Woodies. (Larry Kave - Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Noah Cloonan / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | July 9, 2019 9:23 PM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (July 9, 2019)- The Myrtle Beach Pelicans scored three runs in the sixth inning to help take the final game of the series 5-3 over the Down East Wood Ducks on Tuesday night. 

The Pelicans (10-10, 31-56) took an early lead off of Down East (11-9, 61-28) starter John King when Cam Balego launched a solo homer to left field and gave the Pelicans a 1-0 lead after two frames. 

In the fourth, Sam Huff got the run back when he blistered a solo shot to center off of Erich Uelmen (W, 3-2) to tie the ballgame at 1-1.

Down East took the lead in the fifth inning when Huff lined an RBI single through the right side of the infield and scored Hasuan Viera from second to make it 2-1 in favor of the Wood Ducks.

In the sixth, the Pelicans poured it on the Wood Ducks to retake the lead.

Zach Davis led the inning off with a single and after he stole second base he scored on an RBI double from Delvin Zinn that tied the game at 2-2. 

After a single from Jimmy Herron moved Zinn up to third, Zinn came around to score on a throwing error from Yohel Pozo that gave the Birds a 3-2 lead. 

Miguel Amaya extended the Pelicans lead to 4-2 when he doubled down the right field line which allowed Herron to score from third.

The Pelicans added an insurance run in the seventh inning when Zinn walked, stole second and scored on an RBI single from Herron that made it 5-2 Myrtle Beach.

In the ninth inning, Tyler Depreta-Johnson lined an RBI single to right field to cut the gap to 5-3, but Manuel Rodriguez locked it down to earn his second save for the Pelicans. 

The Pelicans finish the season series against Down East 4-13 in 17 games against the Wood Ducks and they now turn their attention to the Potomac Nationals who come to town on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. LHP Jack Patterson (0-0, 0.00) will start for the Pelicans against LHP Tim Cate (1-1, 4.50) for the Nationals. Coverage will begin at 6:50 p.m. on and on the Pelicans Baseball Network which is available on the TuneIn App, and MiLB First Pitch app.

Wednesday will be a Weiner Wednesday presented by WPDE. The Birds will also celebrate July 4th one day early with a Fireworks Extravaganza presented by East Coast Pyrotechnics after the game. 

The 2019 season is the 21st season for the Pelicans franchise and fifth as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. For tickets visit, 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 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

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