Division-leading Pelicans split doubleheader with Keys

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans and Frederick Keys split a doubleheader Tuesday at Harry Grove Stadium.

The Pelicans came from behind to win game one 5-1 before dropping an 8-2 decision in the second contest. The Pelicans (15-10) remain two games up in the Southern Division heading into play Wednesday.

Drew Robinson paced the Pelicans, registering three hits and reaching base four times on the night. The third baseman extended his hitting streak to six games.

The Pelicans took the early game-two lead on a sacrifice fly from Rougned Odor in the first inning, but the Keys scored the next four runs to take a 4-1 lead after three innings. Alan de San Miguel contributed to a two-run third inning rally with an RBI double. De San Miguel went 3-for-3 with three RBI in game two for the Keys.

Right-hander Joe Van Meter (0-1) started game two for Myrtle Beach and got the loss, allowing four runs, one earned, on five hits over three innings. Ryan Harvey relieved Van Meter and allowed four runs, one earned, on five hits over 2.2 innings.

The Pelicans committed three errors in game two and just two of Frederick’s eight runs were earned. The Birds nearly lost the first game of the night, too.

Trailing 1-0, the Pelicans were down to their final out in the seventh inning of game one. Robinson doubled with two outs and scored the tying run on a wild pitch from Marcel Prado. The Keys threatened to win it in the bottom half, but with the bases loaded and one out, Jerad Eickhoff got Johnny Ruettiger to hit into an inning-ending double play.

A four-run ninth inning gave the Birds a lead they would not relinquish. Trever Adams hit a go-ahead RBI-single after a pair of bunts from Edwin Garcia and Rougned Odor. Robinson drew a bases-loaded walk and Patrick Cantwell doubled in a run during the rally.

Eickhoff turned in his second straight quality outing, working seven innings of one-run, six-hit baseball. The right-hander struck out six, walked three and did not earn a decision. Randol Rojas worked two scoreless innings out of the bullpen and earned his first decision of the season. It was the Pelicans fourth one-run win of the season.

The Pelicans and Keys play the third game of a four-game series Wednesday at Harry Grove Stadium.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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