Pelicans drop rubber match against Astros

Flete homers in 4-3 loss to Buies Creek

Tyler Alamo made a diving catch on a foul popup in Wednesday's loss to Buies Creek. (Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Joey Liberatore / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | April 20, 2017 12:29 AM ET

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (April 19, 2017) - Bryant Flete's home run in the bottom of the first inning was not enough for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Wednesday in a 4-3 rubber match loss to the Buies Creek Astros at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

With the Pelicans (6-8) ahead 2-0, Christian Correa led off the top of the fifth inning for the Astros (10-4) with a double. Myrtle Beach starter Oscar De La Cruz (1-2) then walked Eduaro De Oleo. A sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position. With Myles Straw batting, a wild pitch brought Correa into score for the Astros' first run of the game. Straw then tripled into right field, scoring De Oleo and tying the game at two. Following a pitching change, Oswaldo Duarte brought in Straw with an RBI single, giving Buies Creek their first lead of the game at 3-2. 

Buies Creek would add to their total in the top of the sixth. Dexture McCall led off the inning with a single and then scored on a triple off the bat of De Oleo, extending the Astros' lead to 4-2. 

Matt Rose kicked off Myrtle Beach's final rally in the bottom of the seventh inning with a ground-rule double over the right-center field wall. Eddy Martinez followed Rose by drawing a walk. Jesse Hodges then delivered an RBI double to right field to score Rose. However, Martinez was thrown out at home on the play, as the Astros maintained the 4-3 lead.

From that point on, the Pelicans went six-up, six-down, as Ryan Deemes earned his second save. Ralph Garza (1-0) worked 1.2 blank frames for the win in relief. 

The Pelicans kicked off the scoring in the bottom of the first inning. After the leadoff batter, Carlos Sepulveda reached on a walk, Flete promptly slammed a two-run home run to right field to give the Birds an early 2-0 advantage. 

The Pelicans will hit the road and head up west to play the Down East Wood Ducks on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Birds RHP Casey Bloomquist (0-2, 5.40 ERA) goes against Wood Ducks LHP Jeffrey Springs (0-1, 3.86 ERA). Coverage begins at 6:45 p.m. on, the MiLB First Pitch app and TuneIn.

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

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