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Pelicans squeak by Astros 1-0 in opener

Birds spin 16th shutout of season in win
Cory Abbott fired six shutout innings in Friday's win, striking out nine to earn the win. (Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)
August 17, 2018

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (August 17, 2018) - Cory Abbott threw six shutout innings and Manuel Rondon fired the final three for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Friday as they blanked the Buies Creek Astros 1-0 from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. Abbott (4-5) whiffed nine Astros (69-52, 32-20) over his six innings

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (August 17, 2018) - Cory Abbott threw six shutout innings and Manuel Rondon fired the final three for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Friday as they blanked the Buies Creek Astros 1-0 from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. 
Abbott (4-5) whiffed nine Astros (69-52, 32-20) over his six innings while allowing just three hits and walking two for the Pelicans (55-68, 21-31). Rondon fired tossed innings, striking out five, to earn his first save since 2013.

The lone run was provided by Tyler Alamo when he doubled home Andruw Monasterio from first in the fourth inning.
The Pelicans and Astros meet for game two of the three-game set at 6:05 p.m. on Saturday. Myrtle Beach sends LHP Bryan Hudson (6-9, 4.41) to the mound against Buies Creek starter RHP Peter Solomon (0-0, 0.00). Television coverage begins at 6 p.m. on The CW21 and MiLB.tv. A radio broadcast starts at 5:50 p.m. on MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast, the MiLB First Pitch app and TuneIn. 
Saturday is What If Night, and the first 1,000 fans will receive a Myrtle Beach Macos jerseys giveaway presented by Comm Tech Security. In addition, the game is a Locals Appreciation Saturday, featuring $3 off tickets for fans with a local ID, as well as an Embrace a Veteran Saturday presented by Embrace Hospice. After the game, East Coast Pyrotechnics presents a fireworks extravaganza. 
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 [email protected].