Pelicans blank Keys for fourth straight win

Alzolay shuts out Frederick over seven innings in 2-0 win

Adbert Alzolay twirled seven shuout innings in the Pelicans' 2-0 victory over Frederick on Tuesday night. (Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Joey Liberatore / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | June 13, 2017 7:32 PM ET

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (June 13, 2017) -  Adbert Alzolay's seven shutout innings Tuesday were backed by a Matt Rose RBI double and P.J. Higgins solo home run to lift the Myrtle Beach Pelicans over the Frederick Keys by a final of 2-0 from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. 

Alzolay (6-1) tossed seven shutout innings for Myrtle Beach (39-26), striking out six Keys (29-35) and scattering five hits en route to his sixth victory of the season. Pedro Araujo entered the contest in the eighth inning and punched out the side. In the ninth. Aruajo walked one batter in the ninth but fanned Alex Murphy to end the contest, which gave the Birds their league-high eighth shutout of the season.

Myrtle Beach jumped out to an early lead in the second. Eloy Jimenez bashed a base hit to left field to begin the frame for the Birds. With two men retired, Rose laced a run-scoring double to left field to give the Pelicans the 1-0 advantage. 

With the Birds leading 1-0 in the eighth inning, Higgins blasted his first home run since August 13, 2015 to extend the Pelicans' lead to 2-0. 

With the victory, Myrtle Beach shaved their magic number down to just two games with an opportunity to clinch at home on Wednesday. A Pelicans win and Buies Creek loss will hand Myrtle Beach the first half Southern Division crown. 

The Pelicans' 2-0 triumph was their 16th win in 20 games, including 11th in the last 12 contests. They are 11-1 to start the month of June.

Myrtle Beach will gun for the sweep of Frederick in Wednesday's 7:05 p.m. contest. Pelicans RHP Thomas Hatch (1-6, 4.23 ERA) will oppose RHP Cristian Alvarado (3-6, 7.07 ERA). Coverage of Wednesday's game will begin at 6:50 on MiLB.tv, MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast, the MiLB First Pitch app and TuneIn.

Wednesday's contest will feature Flag Day, with the first 1,000 fans through the gates receiving a mini American flag. The contest will also double as a Weiner Wednesday with BOGO hot dogs all night long. Gates at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark will open at 6:00 p.m.

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 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 Info@MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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