Woodpeckers hold off Pelicans and complete sweep

Balego homer, Vargas quality start not enough in Birds' 3-2 loss to Fayetteville

Jimmy Herron went 1-for-3 with a single and a run scored in Sunday's loss to Fayetteville. (Larry Kave - Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Noah Cloonan / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | June 23, 2019 9:26 PM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (June 23, 2019)- The Fayetteville Woodpeckers launched a pair of homers and defeated the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 3-2 Sunday to complete the four-game sweep from TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

After a 50-minute rain delay pushed the series finale back, the Woodpeckers (4-0, 35-38) got on the board first. A solo homer by Michael Papierski gave the Woodpeckers a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning, but the Pelicans (0-4, 21-50) fired back quickly. 

In the bottom half of the third inning, Myrtle Beach knotted the game up at 1-1 when Zach Davis grounded a single up the middle that scored Jimmy Herron from second.

Fayetteville returned the favor in the top of the fourth when Marty Costes knocked a two-run homer off of Alexander Vargas (L, 1-2) that gave the Woodpeckers a 3-1 lead. 

Myrtle Beach fought back in the sixth inning when Cam Balego drilled a solo home run off of Austin Hansen (W, 1-0) that cut the gap to 3-2. 

The Pelicans brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the ninth, but Hansen retired the side as Fayetteville locked in the 3-2 win. 

Myrtle Beach now embarks on a seven-game road trip with a trip to Winston-Salem on deck. The Pelicans will battle the Dash at BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Monday at 7:00 p.m. in game one of a three-game set. 

The Pelicans will send RHP Javier Assad (2-5, 3.45) to the hill against RHP Jonathan Stiever (4-6, 4.74) for the Dash. 

Coverage starts at 6:45 p.m. on MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast and the MiLB First Pitch and TuneIn Apps.

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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