Winston-Salem cruises to sweep Birds

Dunning dominates Pelicans' bats in series finale

Wyatt Short worked 1.2 scoreless innings in Wednesday's loss to Winston-Salem. (Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Zach Bigley / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | April 11, 2018 10:58 PM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (April 11, 2018) - Dane Dunning didn't allow a hit until the seventh inning Wednesday, and the Winston-Salem Dash offense exploded in a 9-0 win over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

With one out in the seventh inning, Chris Pieters singled to break up Dunning's (1-0) no-hit effort. Jhonny Pereda then singled to end the night for Dunning. The right-hander struck out eight batters in his 6.1 innings. He only allowing two hits and did not walk a batter for the Dash (4-3).

The Dash struck first early on in the ballgame. In the second inning, Nate Nolan singled home Micker Adolfo to make it 1-0. Luis Alexander Basabe and Alex Call both plated runs in a two-run third inning as well against Pelicans (1-6) starter Keegan Thompson (0-2).

The fifth inning brought trouble for the Pelicans' pitching staff. Five runs scored on four hits with Basabe, Adolfo and Yeyson Yrizarri all driving in one run. Ti'Quan Forbes capped off the frame with a two-run single.

For good measure, the Dash added a run in the sixth on an RBI double by Gavin Sheets to extend their lead to 9-0.  

Wyatt Short and Jhon Romero combined to pitch three scoreless innings to finish the game for the Birds.

The Pelicans head to Down East for Thursday's 7 p.m. first pitch that begins a seven-game road trip. LHP Jose Paulino (0-1, 12.27 ERA) is slated to start for Myrtle Beach while Down East will counter with RHP Edgar Arredondo (1-0, 1.80 ERA). Coverage begins at 6:45 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, 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. The park 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 as well. In June 2017, TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark won the 2017 Certificate of Excellence award. The Pelicans have 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 emailing

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