Deglan goes deep to spark Pelicans to win over Hillcats

Kellin Deglan hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the seventh inning Tuesday to lift the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (18-13) to a 3-1 series-opening victory over the Lynchburg Hillcats.

The home run came after right-hander Alec Asher departed with a career-high 11 strikeouts over six unblemished innings.

There was no scoring until the seventh inning as both starters traded zeros. Asher started for the Pelicans and struck out the side in the fourth and sixth innings and had six strikeouts through four frames. The 11 punch outs surpassed his previous career high of seven.

Lynchburg’s starter, Greg Ross, was impressive as well, hurling five scoreless innings of two-hit baseball.

Trailing 1-0, Deglan hit his team-leading sixth homer, a three-run shot to left-center in the seventh inning. Rougned Odor started the rally with a double into the right field corner. A Trever Adams base hit set the stage for the Deglan long ball off of Ryan Wooley (0-1).

Will Lamb worked two spotless innings to earn his first save while Randol Rojas (3-0) claimed the win despite allowing an unearned run in the seventh. David Rohm scored in the inning on a two-out throwing error from Drew Robinson.

Luis Sardinas had the only multi-hit performance of the game, finishing 2-for-4.

The 11 strikeouts by Asher are the most by any Pelicans pitcher this season. The right-hander now has 31 strikeouts on the season, good for second on the team.

The Pelicans are 10-4 at home this season and maintain their lead in the southern division.

The Pelicans play the middle game of a three-game series Wednesday at TicketReturn.com Field. Right-hander Nick Martinez (2-2, 2.60) will tangle with Navery Moore  (2-3, 6.53).

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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