MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (April 17, 2017) Despite Trent Giambrone's solo home run in the third, the Buies Creek Astros' three-run fifth proved to be too much for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in a 4-2 loss Monday at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.
With the Pelicans (5-7) ahead 2-1, Anthony Hermelyn and Pat Porter each walked to begin the fifth against Myrtle Beach starter Thomas Hatch (0-2). Two batters later, an Osvaldo Duarte single into right field loaded the bases with one out. The next batter, Jason Martin, drove in Hermelyn with a sacrifice fly to right field to tie the game at two. With runners on first and third, Myles Straw then singled to left field to bring in Pat Porter, giving the Astros (9-3) their second lead of the game. Kyle Tucker finished off the scoring in the inning with a single to left field to score Duarte, giving Buies Creek the 4-2 advantage.
Buies Creek kicked-off the scoring in the top of the first inning. After a two-out walk was issued to Tucker, the Astros' right fielder stole second base. That set up a Dexture McCall RBI single into left field to give the Astros the early 1-0 lead.
Myrtle Beach struck back in the bottom of the first inning. Following a two-out double from P.J. Higgins, Eddy Martinez singled to left field to plate Higgins and knot the tally at one.
In the third, Trent Giambrone hit his second home run of the season to left, a solo shot that placed the Pelicans with their only lead of the game at 2-1.
With the Birds down 4-2 in the ninth, Daniel Spingola singled to begin the frame. Three batters later, a Connor Myers base hit brought the winning run to the plate. However, Ryan Deemes induced a ground out to end the ballgame and pick up his first save.
Florence, S.C. native Akeem Bostick (2-0) earned the win for Buies Creek, tossing 3.2 blank innings with just one hit and one walk against. He whiffed four.
Pelicans reliever Craig Brooks and James Norwood worked a combined 4.1 scoreless frames in the loss. Brooks tied a career-high with 2.1 innings. He struck out three.
The Pelicans will play game two of their three-game series with Buies Creek on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. Birds LHP Justin Steele (1-1, 1.00 ERA) goes against Astros LHP Alex Winkelman (0-0, 0.00 ERA). Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast, the MiLB First Pitch app and TuneIn.
Tuesday's contest is a Craft Beer Tuesday, meaning $2.00 12oz. craft draughts from 6-8 p.m. Gates open at 6 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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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