MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (April 10, 2018) - Daniel Spingola popped a three-run home run, but late insurance runs on Tuesday night propelled the Winston Salem Dash to a 6-4 win over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.
Leading 3-1 into the eighth inning, the Dash (3-3) tacked on two more runs on back-to-back RBI doubles from Micker Adolfo and Yermin Mercedes to make it 5-1. Those tallies would prove to be the difference in the game.
In the bottom of the inning, Spingola drew the Pelicans (1-5) within a run by blasting a three-run home run, scoring Andruw Monasterio and Connor Myers , who had reached on a single and walk, respectively.
Joel Booker answered right back in the top of the ninth inning for Winston-Salem with a solo shot of his own to extend the lead to 6-4 and put the game out of reach. Matt Foster worked a scoreless bottom of the ninth for his first save.
To begin the game, the Dash jumped out in front early on Birds' starter Matt Swarmer (0-1), who took the loss in his 4.2 innings. In the first inning, Gavin Sheets lined an RBI single down the left field line, but he was thrown out trying to extend the hit to a double.
Luis Alexander Basabe then smashed his first of two RBI singles on the night in the third inning to give the Dash a 2-0 lead.
The Pelicans found the scoreboard in the bottom of the third. After Monasterio reached on an error, Myers bunted a ball up the first base line. Dash starter Jimmy Lambert (1-0) threw the ball away up the right field line, which allowed Monasterio to score. However, Myers was thrown out at third on the play. Myers reached three times on the night with two walks and the bunt single.
Basabe's second RBI single gave the Dash a 3-1 lead in the fifth.
Lambert earned the win, only allowing one unearned run and one hit over five innings.
The Pelicans look to salvage their three-game series with Winston-Salem on Wednesday at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. RHP Keegan Thompson (0-1, 9.00 ERA) is slated to start for Myrtle Beach at 7:05 p.m. while Winston-Salem will counter with RHP Dane Dunning (0-0, 1.80 ERA). Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on MiLB.tv, MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast, the MiLB First Pitch app and TuneIn.
Wednesday's contest is a Weiner Wednesday with buy-one, get-one free hot dogs presented by Hebrew National. The ballgame is also the club's first Bark in the Park, with free admission for dogs with the purchase of a Budweiser Thirst Inning Deck ticket.
Tickets are available for all 2018 regular season Pelicans' home games at www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Tickets.
The 2018 season is the 20th season for the Pelicans franchise and fourth as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. For tickets visit MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/tickets, call (843) 918-6000, or visit the Pelicans Box Office.
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 six of the last seven seasons. The same publication also placed the Pelicans in the Top 100 Stadium Experiences and the best in the Carolina League for six of the past seven seasons as well. In June 2017, TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark won the 2017 TripAdvisor.com Certificate of Excellence award. The Pelicans have won four Mills Cup Championships, including claims to back-to-back titles in 1999 and 2000, and again in 2015 and 2016. The Pelicans have made 11 postseason appearances behind 13 half-season Southern Division championships, including the first half of the 2015 season, second half of 2016 and first half of 2017. For more information on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please contact the Pelicans at (843) 918-6000 or emailing Info@MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.
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