Bold Font not enough for Pelicans in loss to Dash

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, got a phenomenal start from Wilmer Font Friday, but could not capitalize, falling 8-1 against the Winston-Salem Dash.

Font, pitching in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, went six innings for the second time, allowing one run on one hit, an RBI single in the sixth from Carlos Sanchez.  The righty went five and two thirds innings of no-hit ball.  He walked two batters and struck out seven.

The Pelicans, however, could only muster one run of support behind him, a solo homerun in the fourth.  Myrtle Beach led 1-0 at that point.

Tied at one in the seventh, a Matt West throwing error brought in the winning run for the Dash.  The reliever, in his first inning, allowed a leadoff double to Cyle Hankerd before Michael Earley laid down a sac bunt.  West tried to go to third, throwing the ball into left and allowing Hankerd to score.

Winston-Salem really opened the scoring in the eighth.  The Dash scored six times on two hits and four walks.  It was the third five-run or more inning for the Dash in the series, highlighted by a Juan Silverio grand slam off Francisco Mendoza.  That made it 8-1.

The loss drops the Pelicans to 11-5, still a league-best record in the second half.  Myrtle Beach travels eight hours north to Wilmington for a  6:05 start Saturday.  Kyle Hendricks takes the ball for the Pelicans.  For more information head online to MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

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