Pelicans take second straight behind wild eighth inning

Birds score two on error in the eighth to win

D.J. Wilson reached base three times in Myrtle Beach's 5-4 win over Down East on Saturday. (Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Zach Bigley / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | April 21, 2018 10:02 PM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (April 21, 2018) - In a wild ending, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans scored two runs in the eighth inning on Saturday night to cap a 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Down East Wood Ducks from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.  

Trailing 4-3 to start off the eighth, Vimael Machin and Wladimir Galindo worked back-to-back walks for Myrtle Beach (5-12) against Down East (8-9) reliever Jacob Shortslef (0-1). After Galindo was pinch-run for by Chris Pieters , Daniel Spingola laid a bunt down the first base line. An error allowed both Machin and Pieters score to give the Pelicans a 5-4 lead. 

Armed with the lead, Wyatt Short struck out the side in the ninth to earn his first save.

Before having to retake the lead in the eighth, the Pelicans jumped out in front in the second inning. Following an Austin Upshaw single and a Connor Myers double, Aramis Ademan singled them both home to give Myrtle Beach a 2-0 lead.

Down East tied up the game with two runs in the fourth inning and took the lead 4-2 with two more in the sixth. 

The Birds fought back within a run in the sixth when Machin came home on a dropped fly ball in right-center field.

Ryan Kellogg (1-1) fired 1.2 scoreless innings to earn his first win of the season. Casey Bloomquist , Kellogg and Short combined to toss four more scoreless innings to increase the bullpen's consecutive scoreless innings streak to 13 frames. 

The final game of the four-game series against the Wood Ducks begins at 6:05 p.m. on Sunday. RHP Matt Swarmer (0-2, 2.79 ERA) is slated to start for Myrtle Beach while Down East will counter with LHP Christian Torres (1-1, 2.25 ERA). 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, TuneIn and the MiLB First Pitch app. 

Sunday is Ultimate Kids Sunday with free inflatables, face painting, baloon artists and more presented by Anderson Brothers Bank. It's also NASA Night featuring authentic NASA displays. 

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. The park 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 as well. In June 2017, TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark won the 2017 TripAdvisor.com Certificate of Excellence award. The Pelicans have 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 emailing Info@MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

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