Birds split twin bill behind Miller's impressive debut

After Pelicans drop game one, Tyson Miller leads the charge in a 3-0 win

Tyson Miller was brilliant through five shutout innings. He struck seven and only allowed three hits. (Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Zach Bigley / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | April 8, 2018 9:15 PM ET

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (April 8, 2018) - Following a 6-4 loss to Frederick in game one of a doubleheader on Sunday at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans shut out the Keys in a 3-0 twin bill finale win.

Tyson Miller (1-0) was brilliant in his first start with the Pelicans (1-3). Over five innings, he struck out seven while only walking one and allowing three hits. Jhon Romero followed his performance up with two strong innings of his own to earn his first save on the season.

Jhonny Pereda blasted a two-run shot in the second inning, and Vimael Machin knocked in Andrew Monasterio in the third frame with an RBI ground out to give the Pelicans the 3-0 advantage.

Lucas Humpal (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Keys (3-1), giving up all three runs over his five innings of work.

In game one, the Birds struck first on a Tyler Alamo sacrifice fly in the first. However, the Keys tallied three in the second and three more in the third to build a 6-1 lead.

Alamo blasted a solo shot for his first home run of the season in the third inning and the Pelicans scored twice more in the fourth on a bases-loaded walk from Connor Myers and a sacrifice fly by P.J. Higgins . However, they could not pull any closer.

Steven Klimek (1-0) earned the win with one scoreless inning of relief in the fifth while Bryan Hudson (0-1) took the loss after allowing six runs, four earned, in five innings. James Teague earned the six-out save, his first of the season, in the back-end of the bullpen for the Keys.

Wyatt Short threw well for the Pelicans, tossing two shutout innings while striking out two.

On Monday, the Pelicans will take on the Winston-Salem Dash to open up a three-game series at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. RHP Alex Lange is slated to start for Myrtle Beach at 7:05 p.m. while Winston-Salem will counter with RHP Ricardo Pinto. Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on MiLB.tv, MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast, the MiLB First Pitch app and TuneIn.

Monday is Half-Off Hunger Monday. Fans can donate an item from the Half-Off Hunger Donation List and receive a half-price ticket.

Tickets are available for all 2018 regular season Pelicans' home games at www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Tickets.

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 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. 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 TripAdvisor.com 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 Info@MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

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