Ex-Pelican Harrison to take mound for possible Game 7

The outcome of the 2011 World Series could rest in the left hand of a former Myrtle Beach Pelican.

The Texas Rangers, the parent club for the Class A Pelicans, announced Monday that lefthanded pitcher Matt Harrison will make the start if the World Series goes seven games.

Harrison was pounded for five runs on six hits in only 3 2/3 innings in Game 3, won by the St. Louis Cardinals 16-7.

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said he had not decided on a starter if the Series goes the distance. Game 7 would be played on Thursday.

Harrison was 14-9 with a 3.39 ERA during the regular season, but he has failed to pitch beyond five innings in three postseason starts.

Harrison pitched for Myrtle Beach in 2007, when the Pelicans were an affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. He and shortstop Elvis Andrus, who also plays for the Rangers, were traded to Texas in a deal that sent Mark Tiexiera to the Braves.

Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal is the third former Pelican playing in the World Series. He was the first former Pelican to make it to the majors in 2000.

Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright, the only former Pelican to win a World Series ring in 2006, s on the disabled list but would earn another one if St. Louis can win Games 6 and 7.

The Rangers defeated the Cardinals 4-2 in Monday night’s Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead in the series, which moves back to St. Louis on Wednesday.

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One response to “Ex-Pelican Harrison to take mound for possible Game 7”

  1. Herbie Buck says:

    Wait till the 2012 season starts, The Pelicans are going all the way to claiming the Mills Cup for themselves.

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