Machin's homer not enough in 4-3 loss

Myrtle Beach falters late in loss to Winston-Salem

Vimael Machine homered in his first at-bat as a Pelican on Friday night. (Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Joey Liberatore / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | July 14, 2017 10:01 PM ET

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (July 14, 2017) - Vimael Machin's home run was not enough Friday as the Winston-Salem Dash rallied to defeat the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 4-3 from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. 

With the score tied at three in the seventh, Winston-Salem (35-57, 11-11) pushed across a run off Myrtle Beach (51-40, 8-13) reliever Tommy Thorpe (3-3). Luis Basabe walked to lead off the frame for the Dash. With one out in the inning, Danny Mendick recorded an infield single before advancing to second base on a throwing error that also allowed Basabe to advance to third. Eloy Jimenez was intentionally walked with two outs in the frame to load the bases. Jameson Fisher was hit by the very next pitch to bring home Basabe and give the Dash the 4-3 advantage. 

Dane Dunning was the starter for Winston-Salem, and the right-hander tossed five innings and allowed just two earned runs on eight hits. Zach Thompson (2-7) collected the win in the Dash's victory as he pitched two scoreless innings and allowed only one hit. Kyle Kubat and Jack Charleston both worked a scoreless frame following Thompson. Charleston picked up his eighth save of the season after a spotless ninth to finish off Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach started the scoring in the first inning, as Zack Short led off the bottom of the frame with a base hit. With one out in the inning, Trent Giambrone singled to put two Pelicans on the bases. Later in the inning with two outs, Tyler Alamo laced an opposite field single to right field, scoring Short to give the Birds the 1-0 lead. 

In his first at-bat as a Pelican, Machin blasted a home run to left field to lead off the second inning. The shot gave the Birds a 2-0 advantage.

With one out in the top of the third, Luis Basabe doubled to left field before stealing third base. Former Pelican Bryant Flete drove in Basabe on an RBI groundout to make the score 2-1. 

The Winston-Salem offense would continue to roll in the fourth as they took their first lead of the game. With one out in the inning, Jimenez and Fisher drew back-to-back walk to put two on base. Matt Rose delivered for the Dash with a double to left field that scored Jimenez and Fisher to give Winston-Sale their first lead of the contest at 3-2.

Machin and Robert Garcia led off the bottom of the fourth inning with back-to-back hits. Both Machin and Garcia advanced 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt from Roberto Caro before Short reached on an error to load the bases. With two outs in the frame, Giambrone was hit by a pitch, allowing Machin to score as the Birds tied the Dash at three. 

Since joining the Dash, former Pelicans Jimenez, Flete and Rose have accounted for six of Winston-Salem last 15 hits, as well as five RBIs.

Myrtle Beach will play the finale of their four-game set with the Dash on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. RHP Kyle Miller  (2-2, 4.42 ERA) will throw for Myrtle Beach against RHP Bernardo Flores (0-2, 6.60 ERA). Television coverage begins at 7 p.m. on The CW21 and A radio broadcast starts at 6:50 p.m. on, the MiLB First Pitch app and TuneIn.

The first 1,000 fans in attendance to Saturday's game will receive a Jason Heyward 'King of Rain Delays' bobblehead. The night will also finish with a Postgame Fireworks Extravaganza presented by East Coast Pyrotechnics Fireworks.

The 2017 season is the 19th season for the Pelicans franchise and third as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. For information on tickets to see the Pelicans in 2017, please call (843) 918-6000, e-mail, or visit

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 each of the last six seasons. The same publication also placed the Pelicans in the Top 100 Stadium Experiences in all of sports in each of the last six years and the best in the Carolina League for six straight seasons as well. In May 2015, TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark won the 2015 Certificate of Excellence award. The Pelicans are the two-time defending Mills Cup Champions, winning the title in 2015 and 2016 as well as 2000 and co-Mills Cup championship honors in the inaugural 1999 season. The Pelicans have made ten postseason appearances behind 12 half-season Southern Division championships, including the first half of the 2015 season and second half of 2016. For more information on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please contact the Pelicans at (843) 918-6000 or emailing


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