Winston-Salem finishes off sweep with 3-2 win over Birds

Pelicans fall out of the first-half playoff race with loss

Casey Bloomquist tossed three scoreless frames for the Birds out of the bullpen, only allowing two hits while striking out two. (Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Zach Bigley / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | June 13, 2018 9:27 PM

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (June 13, 2018) - Tanner Banks' strong start for the Winston-Salem Dash was too much for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Wednesday night in a 3-2 loss from BB&T Ballpark. 

Banks (6-2) won his sixth straight game by tossing seven innings, ceding two runs on seven hits while striking out one and walking two. 

The Dash (39-27) started things early against Myrtle Beach (33-32) starter Cory Abbott . Alex Call tripled home Joel Booker in the first inning and Call scored when Blake Rutherford lifted a sacrifice fly to center. 

With the Birds trialing 2-0 in the third, Aramis Ademan brought the Pelicans within one on an RBI single. The Dash countered in the bottom of the third with a Ti'Quan Forbes RBI single to make it 3-1 Winston-Salem. 

In the seventh, the Pelicans fought back when Austin Upshaw singled home P.J. Higgins.  However, later in the frame, Kevonte Mitchell was thrown out at the plate on a single from Luis Ayala to keep Myrtle Beach within a run. 

Casey Bloomquist (three innings) and Jhon Romero (one inning) combined to throw four scoreless frames for the Pelicans out of the bullpen. 

The Pelicans travel back home for the first contest of a five-game, four-day series with the Carolina Mudcats from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. RHP Keegan Thompson (3-3, 3.56 ERA) goes for the Birds against Muddies RHP Braden Webb (3-5, 4.84 ERA). Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on,, the MiLB First Pitch app and TuneIn.

DJ Spinderella performs following Thursday's game as the Pelicans kick off their postgame concert series. Thursday's contest is also a Thisty Thursday, meaning $1 12 oz. Bud and Bud Light drafts, $2 16 oz. cans and half-price Duplin wine from 6-8 p.m..

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. 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 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

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