Taveras' big night too much to overcome for Birds in loss

The Wood Duck knocks in three runs, dropping the Pelicans 5-4

Jose Gutierrez went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple in Thursday's loss to Down East. (Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Zach Bigley / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | August 2, 2018 8:14 PM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (August 2, 2018) - Leody Taveras delivered three RBI singles for the Down East Wood Ducks on Thursday night in a 5-4 win over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in front of 6,269 from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

With the Pelicans (50-60, 16-24) leading 4-3 in the eighth inning, the Wood Ducks (48-63, 13-28) tied the game as Taveras singled home Eric Jenkins to equal the score at 4-4. 

Taveras then gave the Wood Ducks the lead for good 5-4 with another RBI single in the ninth inning off of Tyler Peyton (3-4).

Jacob Lemoine (2-4) took home the win with his two innings out of the bullpen.

The Pelicans struck first in the bottom of the third inning when Jose Gutierrez smacked an RBI triple down the right field line, plating Zach Davis , to make it 1-0. 

In the top of the fourth, the Woodies struck back with a two-run homer from Yanio Perez to nab the advantage at 2-1. 

Myrtle Beach knotted the game up in the bottom of the fourth inning when Jared Young scored on an error. Young later reached on a hit-by-pitch to extend his on-base streak to 23 games, the longest active streak in the Carolina League.

The Wood Ducks took the lead right back when Taveras looped an RBI single into right-center in the top of the fifth.

More defensive miscues from the Wood Ducks helped the Birds answer back in the bottom of the fifth inning. After Aramis Ademan singled with Gutierrez at second, the throw to home went to the backstop, allowing Gutierrez to trot home and tie the game at three. The Pelicans then took the lead on a Tyler Alamo sacrifice fly, making it 4-3 Pelicans.

The Pelicans hit the road to take on the Potomac Nationals on Friday to begin a four-game, three-day set. The Birds send RHP Cory Abbott  (2-5, 3.76 ERA) to the mound for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch against Potomac LHP Ben Braymer (6-3, 3.05 ERA). Coverage begins at 6:50 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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