Pelicans drop series finale to Hillcats

Pelicans fall to Hillcats despite Matt Rose's third home run of the season

P.J. Higgins makes the tag on Anthony Miller at the plate in the third inning. (Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Joey Liberatore / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | April 16, 2017 10:08 PM ET

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (April 16, 2017) - Matt Rose homered, but Willi Castro's two-run blast in the top of the seventh inning proved to be the difference in the Lynchburg Hillcats' 5-4 victory over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Sunday at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. 

With the score knotted at three, Jodd Carter would set the table for Lynchburg (5-6) in the top of the seventh with a leadoff single. Two batters later, Castro cranked his first home run of the year, giving the Hillcats their first lead of the game at 5-3.

Myrtle Beach (5-6) would try and mount a comeback in the bottom of the ninth, down two runs for the second consecutive night. Like the following night, the inning got kicked off on a high note with a Bryant Flete base hit. A Jesse Hodges double put runners on second and third with nobody out. A balk would bring home Flete, making the score 5-4. However, Neil Holland would navigate his way out of the jam for his first save of the season and the Hillcats' third straight win. 

The Pelicans kicked off the scoring in the bottom of the first inning. After a P.J. Higgins double, Eddy Martinez singled to left field to score Higgins and give the Birds the early 1-0 lead.

Carter led off the top of the third inning with a base hit into center field. The next batter, Anthony Miller, would drive Carter home on an RBI double into the left-center field gap, tying the game up at one. Three hitters after that, Ka'ai Tom lined a base hit to center. Miller tried to score from second, but Connor Myers' throw nailed him at the plate to retire the side and keep the score knotted at two.

In the bottom of the fourth, Martinez reached second base on an error. Rose then made the Hillcats pay by depositing a two-run home run into the left field bleachers to give the Pelicans a 3-1 advantage. 

Lynchburg would claw back and tie the game for the second time in the top of the fifth inning. Miller and Castro would begin the frame with back-to-back base hits. After a sacrifice bunt, Ka'ai Tom drove in the first run of the inning with a ground out to second. Castro would then score on a wild pitch later in the inning to tie the game at three. 

The Pelicans begin a three-game series Monday at 7:05 p.m. against the Buies Creek Astros. Birds RHP Thomas Hatch (0-1, 2.79 ERA) goes against Astros RHP Nick Hernandez (0-0, 1.42 ERA). Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast, the MiLB First Pitch app and TuneIn.

The Pelicans will find out if you can run an entire marathon in the time it takes to play a baseball game Monday in Man vs. Marathon Night at the ballpark. Gates open at 6 p.m., and on a Backpack Buddies Monday, fans can bring an item off the approved Backpack Buddies donation list to receive half-priced admission. 

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 info@myrtlebeachpelicans.com, or visit www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

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 TripAdvisor.com Certificate of Excellence award. The Pelicans are the two-time defending Mills

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