Pelicans walk their way to second win of the season over Woodpeckers

Fayetteville walks 11 batters, Herron doubles as Myrtle Beach evens the series

Paul Richan fired five strong innings to win his first game at the High-A level on Friday. (Larry Kave - Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Noah Cloonan / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | April 12, 2019 10:02 PM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (April 12, 2019) - The Myrtle Beach Pelicans drew 11 walks and held the Fayetteville Woodpeckers to one run on four hits in a 6-1 win on Friday night from TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. Myrtle Beach (2-7) took advantage of a tough night on the mound for the Woodpeckers (5-4) and evened the series with Fayetteville at a game apiece.

The Birds started things off with a three-run bottom of the first inning. D.J. Wilson drew the first walk of the night for the Birds and, after stealing second, was brought around to score on an single from Miguel Amaya Luke Reynolds followed that with a line drive into left-center field that skipped by Seth Beer all the way to the wall. Amaya came around from first to score on the play and the Pelicans took a 2-0 lead. Carlos Sepulveda capped the inning off with an RBI single of his own to make it 3-0 Myrtle Beach after one inning. 

Fayetteville threatened in the second inning after Paul Richan (1-0) walked back-to-back batters with one out in the inning. A batter later,Michael Papierski singled with two outs in the inning to put the Woodpeckers on the board and cut the Pelicans' lead to 3-1. 

Myrtle Beach added to their lead in the bottom of the second after Leovanny Rodriguez walked the bases loaded to start the frame and Jimmy Herron ripped a two-run double that extended the lead to 5-1. 

The Pelicans tacked on another run in the fifth inning after Jhonny Bethencourt walked with the bases loaded to make it 6-1 Myrtle Beach. 

Richan earned his first win of the season after going five innings and allowing just one run on three hits. JP France took the loss for the Woodpeckers, yielding three runs, one earned, on two hits.

The Pelicans will line up to play the Woodpeckers in game three of the four-game series on Saturday night at 6:05 p.m. Javier Assad (0-1, 1.80) will toe the rubber for the Birds against Peter Solomon (0-0, 3.86) for the Woodpeckers. The contest will be locally televised on The CW21 and MiLB.TV, with coverage beginning at 6:00 p.m. A radio broadcast will begin at 5:50 on MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast, TuneIn and the MiLB First Pitch app. 

Saturday will be a Locals Appreciation Saturday, courtesy of Food Lion, Sparks Toyota, WMBF, The Sun News and NASH FM. Fans can save $3.00 off their game ticket when they present their local ID at the Anderson Brothers Bank Box Office. After the game there will be a Postgame Fireworks Extravaganza, presented by East Coast Pyrotechnics, and a Postgame Dice Roll Extravaganza where one local fan will have a chance to win up to $25,000, courtesy of HTC and Sparks Toyota. 

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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