MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (June 3, 2019)- The Wilmington Blue Rocks posted season highs in runs and hits as they downed the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 9-5 on Monday night from TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.
For the second-straight night, the Pelicans (20-38) grabbed an early 2-0 lead.
After a walk and a single in the third inning, Zach Davis hit a two-run double down the left field line to put the Birds in ahead 2-0.
Erick Leal made the start for the Birds and faced a lot of traffic on the bases through the first four innings, but he was able to strand five men on base to keep the Blue Rocks (36-21) off the board into the fifth and that is when things turned south on the Birds.
After Leal loaded the bases to begin the fifth, MJ Melendez promptly unloaded them with the Blue Rocks first grand slam of the season and Wilmington took a 4-2 lead.
The lead was short lived as the Pelicans stormed back in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game at four. Davis opened up the inning with a single and then stole second before he scored on a double from Carlos Sepulveda to cut it to a 4-3 game.
Three batters later, the Pelicans tied the game when Cam Balego laced a two-out, RBI single to right to even the score.
In the sixth, Wilmington responded with five more runs of their own to take a 9-4 lead.
Wilmington took the lead on an RBI single from Brewer Hicklen that made it 5-4 and the floodgates opened after that. After Melendez was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Dennicher Carrasco made it 6-4 Blue Rocks with an RBI base hit.
After a force out brought in the seventh run of the game, the Blue Rocks brought in another tally on a balk from Jesus Camargo (1-1) and scratched another run across on an RBI base hit from Seuly Matias that capped off a five-run frame and put Wilmington ahead 9-4.
Myrtle Beach managed to plate a run in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly from D.J. Wilson to cut the gap to 9-5.
The Pelicans will look to salvage a game in the three-game series on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. RHP Alex Lange (1-8, 9.09) will take the hill for the Pelicans while LHP Marcelo Martinez (3-2, 4.71) will go for the Blue Rocks.
Coverage will begin at 6:50 p.m. on the Pelicans Baseball Network which is available on the TuneIn App, MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast and MiLB First Pitch app.
Tuesday will be a $2 Tacos and Tallboys Tuesday presented by Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant, Better Brands and 106.5 Nash FM. Tacos and Tallboys are just $2 from 6-8 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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