Pelicans swept by Blue Rocks to conclude homestand

Balego homers, Wilmington scores in the ninth to win 4-3

Alex Lange went six innings, allowing three runs and delivered his first quality start of the season in the Birds 4-3 loss to Wilmington on Tuesday. (Larry Kave - Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Noah Cloonan / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | June 4, 2019 8:40 PM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (June 4, 2019)- The Wilmington Blue Rocks scored the go-ahead run on a balk in the ninth inning as they downed the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 4-3 on Tuesday night from TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. 

Cam Balego wasted no time getting the scoring started for the Pelicans (20-39) on Tuesday as he belted a solo homer to left in the second to put Myrtle Beach on the board 1-0.

The Blue Rocks (37-21) came back with two runs of their own in the fourth. After a pair of singles to leadoff the inning, Wilmington executed a double steal with runners at the corners and a run came in to tie the game. The Rocks then took a 2-1 lead on an RBI single off the bat of Colby Schultz . 

Myrtle Beach scratched a run across in the fourth when Grant Fennell brought home Kevonte Mitchell on a sacrifice fly, tying the game at 2-2.

In the fifth, Wilmington jumped back in front after Nick Pratto lined a double into the right field corner to give the Blue Rocks a 3-2 lead.

The Pelicans evened the game at 3-3 in the seventh when Jimmy Herron doubled and scored on a two-out RBI single from Carlos Sepulveda .

With the score tied a three in the ninth, the Blue Rocks put runners at the corners and Ricky Aracena scored on a balk from Ryan Kellogg (L, 0-4) to make it 4-3 Wilmington before Tad Ratliff came on to save it in the ninth inning. 

The Pelicans will now embark on a seven-game road trip with stops at Winston-Salem and Fayetteville. The Birds will head to Winston-Salem for the first time this year on Thursday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. RHP Erich Uelmen (1-0, 2.61) will make his third appearance for the Birds, while the Dash have yet to announce a starter.  

Coverage will begin at 6:45 p.m. on the Pelicans Baseball Network which is available on the TuneIn App, MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast and MiLB First Pitch app.

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 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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