Big inning propels Pelicans to sole possession of first

pel-buckelnewThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans defeated the Winston Salem Dash 7-2 on Tuesday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

Michael De Leon went 1-for-4 in his Class A-Advanced debut; his RBI single in the sixth inning put the Birds ahead for good. With Tuesday’s win, Myrtle Beach moved ahead of the Salem Red Sox, giving the team a one-game lead in the second half Southern Division standings.

The Pelicans (34-30, 78-54) wasted no time getting on the board. Chris Grayson hit a first-pitch leadoff home run off of Dash starter, Tyler Danish.  The home run to right field put the Pelicans ahead early, 1-0.

Christopher Bostick added on another solo shot in the third inning to increase the Pelicans lead to 2-0.

Pelicans starter Luis Parra shutout the Dash (28-36, 58-75) over the first four innings of the contest, but Winston-Salem answered back in the fifth inning to tie the game. With one out and runners on the corners, Keenyn Walker grounded a single to left field, scoring Keon Barnum. In the next at-bat, Adam Engel walked, loading the bases for Cleuluis Rondon. Parra then hit Rondon, and Mike Marjama crossed the plate to tie the game at 2-2.

Parra tossed five innings for the Pelicans, striking out six, walking four, and giving up two runs on four hits, exiting the game with a no-decision.

Myrtle Beach strung together a five-run sixth inning to surpass the Dash to victory. Kevin Torres tripled with one out and scored in the next at-bat on a go-ahead RBI single by De Leon, putting the Pelicans ahead 3-2. The Birds sent 11 batters to plate in the inning, and all five runs scored off of relief pitcher Sean Hagan. Ryan Cordell drove in two in the inning, and Royce Bolinger knocked in another.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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