MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (August 19, 2018) - Justin Steele carried a no-hitter into the sixth and Jhonny Pereda homered and knocked in two for Myrtle Beach on Sunday as the Pelicans downed Buies Creek 5-4 from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.
In the first inning, Pereda gave the Pelicans (56-69, 22-33) an early advantage with a solo home run off Buies Creek (70-53, 33-21) starter Jose Hernandez (1-1).
Myrtle Beach added on in bottom of the second inning with RBI singles from Andruw Monasterio and Wladimir Galindo . Michael Cruz plated a third run in the inning with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0.
Pereda's RBI single in the fifth gave the Birds their 5-0 lead.
Steele (2-1) earned the win for the Pelicans, striking out seven over his five innings. Though Steele did not allow a hit through the first five innings, he was removed in the sixth without recording an out as the first three Astros batters of the frame all singled.
With the Pelicans leading 5-0 in the sixth, Corey Julks singled home Cody Bohanek for Buies Creek to make it 5-1. J.J. Matijevic's RBI single and Chuckie Robinson's sacrifice fly added on, and the Astros trailed 5-3.
After inducing a double play in the eighth inning, Tyler Peyton allowed a run to score in the ninth on an RBI single from Carlos Canelon. Peyton rolled a game-ending double play, securing the 5-4 win to earn his 10th save.
Following a day off on Monday, the Pelicans take on the Winston-Salem Dash in a doubleheader from BB&T Ballpark at 5 p.m. on Tuesday to start a four-game series. The Birds will send RHP Alex Lange (6-8, 3.78 ERA) in game one while RHP Erich Uelmen (3-2, 4.62 ERA) will start the finale. Coverage starts at 4:45 p.m. on MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast, the MiLB First Pitch app and TuneIn.
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 Info@MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.
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