Pelicans drop third straight in the series against Buies Creek
Tyler Alamo launched his fifth home run of the season in the Pelicans' 6-2 loss against Buies Creek. (Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)
By Joey Liberatore / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | May 17, 2017 9:15 PM ET
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (May 17th, 2017) - Despite Tyler Alamo's solo home run on Wednesday, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans' offense struggled again in a 6-2 loss to the Buies Creek Astros at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.
With the score tied at one, the Astros (25-15) would take command of the game in the second. Anibal Sierra led off the inning with a double, then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Arturo Michelena, who reached first on an error. With two out in the frame, Pelicans (21-19) starter Thomas Hatch (0-4) issued back-to-back walks to Ryne Birk and Jake Rogers to bring in Sierra. Two more runs would score in the inning on a bases-loaded single from Kyle Tucker, extending the Buies Creek advantage to 4-1.
Buies Creek kicked off the scoring in the top of the first inning. With one out in the frame, Birk reached first base on a base hit to center field. Birk then came in to score on a triple ripped by Rogers to give the Astros the early 1-0 advantage
Myrtle Beach matched Buies Creek in the first inning by scoring a run of their own. Trent Giambrone drew a leadoff walk to begin the inning, then was joined by Eloy Jimenez, who worked a two-out walk to put two Birds on-base. Eddy Martinezthen dropped a base hit into right field, which brought home Giambrone and tied the game at one.
In the bottom of the second, the Pelicans would cut the Astros' lead in half. Alamo blasted a solo home run over the left-field bleachers to make it a 4-2 contest.
In the fifth, the Astros would continue to add to their lead. Spencer Johnson reached second on an error to lead off the inning before moving to third on a ground out. Dexture McCall would bring home Johnson with a sacrifice fly to left field, stretching the Buies Creek lead to 5-2.
With the same score an inning later, Michelena was hit by a pitch to begin the inning and then Straw walked. Two batters later, Rogers was plunked to load the bases. Tucker took advantage of the situation by singling into center field, scoring Michelena, but a terrific throw from Martinez gunned down Straw at the plate to only allow one run to score.
Alex Winkleman continued his dominance against Myrtle Beach, as the left-handed reliever tossed 3.1 innings and struck out seven Pelicans. Winkelman departed the contest with two outs remaining in the game, as Howie Brey struck out the only two batters he faced to give Buies Creek the 6-2 victory. Brett Adcock (1-1) earned the win by allowing two runs on three hits in five innings.
Myrtle Beach will look to salvage the four-game series by sending LHP Justin Steele(1-3, 2.87 ERA) to the mound Thursday at 7:05 p.m. to oppose LHP Matt Bower (2-0, 4.11) for Buies Creek. Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on MiLB.tv, MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast, the MiLB First Pitch app and TuneIn.
Thursday's contest is Baywatch Night, and will also double as a Thirsty Thursday featuring $1.00 12 oz. Bud & Bud Light draughts and $2.00 16 oz cans from 6-8 p.m. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.
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