Pitching dominates, Birds shutout Dash in game three of series

Assad strikes out nine in career-high seven innings in 1-0 win

Javier Assad was brilliant in seven-shutout innings for the Birds in his second win of the season. (Larry Kave - Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Noah Cloonan / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | May 15, 2019 9:09 PM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (May 15, 2019) - Javier Assad delivered seven brilliant innings as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans shutout the Winston-Salem Dash 1-0 on Wednesday night from TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. 

Assad (2-3) faced no trouble in the first inning as he struck out the side on 15 pitches and that was just the begining of a dominant night for the right hander.

After giving up an infield single to lead off the second inning, Assad allowed just one more baserunner through seven innings of shutout baseball en route to his second win of the season.

The Pelicans (15-25) found the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth inning when Cam Balego singled to lead off the inning and later came around to score on a wild pitch from Dash (18-20) starter Cristian Castillo (1-5) to give the Birds a 1-0 lead.

That was all the Pelicans needed on the day as Tyler Peyton tossed a scoreless eighth inning before turning the game over to Ben Hecht in the ninth inning. After Hecht retired the first two batters of the inning, he took Yeyson Yrizarri to two strikes before Yrizarri singled to keep the game alive. 

Hecht then struck out Tyler Frost, but a wild pitch allowed Frost to reach at first and it set the stage for Zach Remillard in the ninth. Remillard laced a single to left and Yrizarri rounded third and tried to score, but Kevonte Mitchell gunned him down to end the ballgame and secure the 1-0 win for Myrtle Beach. 

The Bird's pitching staff had faced the minimum through 8.2 innings before allowing three to reach in the ninth inning. 

Myrtle Beach will go for the series sweep over Winston-Salem on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Alex Lange (1-5, 11.17) will make his first start against the Dash this season and RHP Jorgan Cavanerio (0-0, 9.00) will start for Winston-Salem. Coverage starts at 6:50 p.m. on MiLB.tv, MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast and the MiLB First Pitch and TuneIn Apps.

It is a Thirsty Thursday at the ballpark, presented by Celebrations Nitelife, Axelrod & Associates and Gator 107.9 FM, with $1 Bud and Bud Light drafts, $2 16 oz. cans and $2 Duplan wine from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.

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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