Errors, rain conspire against Pelicans in Lynchburg loss

pel-catcherThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans suffered a rain-shortened 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Lynchburg Hillcats on Saturday night at Calvin Falwell Field. The Birds allowed two unearned runs in the fourth, the game was delayed in the sixth, and ultimately called due to inclement weather.

Both starting pitchers worked out of jams in the early going. Blair Walters of Lynchburg allowed a first-inning walk, surrendered two runners in the second and three in the third, but avoided a run from coming across. The best early chance for the Pelicans (32-29, 76-53) came in the second.

Christopher Bostick singled to open the inning and reached second when the ball was juggled in left field by Blake Brown. Kellin Deglan then moved Bostick to third on a deep fly ball to right center, but Walters worked out of the jam. Chris Grayson hit a ground ball to second, and Bostick was tagged out at the plate. Walters then struck out Luis Mendez to escape the inning.

Walters settled back in during the fourth, striking out the side.

Pelicans left-hander Chad James worked around a first inning error and induced a double play to face the minimum after hitting a batter in the second. He dodged troubled in the third after allowed a two-out walk and a single by getting a fielder’s choice off the bat of Jose Martinez to send the game to the fourth with no score.

Lynchburg (29-31, 63-67) struck for the only runs in the fifth. With two outs and two on, Mendez bobbled a grounder at short. The ball kicked into the outfield, allowing Kevin Ahrens to score from third. Yenier Bello and Blake Brown then singled back-to-back to bring around another tally and extend the lead to 2-0. Johan Camargo was thrown out at home trying to score on Brown’s single to end the inning.

Both runs were unearned and the only runs of the night.

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