Gallo goes deep twice to lift Pelicans to extra-inning win

pel-gallohomerThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans gave up two leads before pulling away in extra innings 5-4 in the series finale against the Winston-Salem Dash at BB&T Ballpark on Wednesday afternoon. Third baseman Joey Gallo launched two home runs and catcher David Lyon delivered the go-ahead RBI in the 11th.

Gallo’s first home run came to lead off the second inning. Off of starter Braulio Ortiz, he hit a towering homer to right center field that clanked off the lower part of the scoreboard to put the Pelicans ahead 1-0.

Pelicans left-handed starter Luis Parra gave up a pair of one-out doubles in the bottom of the second that tied the game. Parra settled in, retiring the next eleven straight.

Myrtle Beach (19-12) retook the lead in the next half frame. The Birds smashed three straight extra-base with two outs. Chris Garia tripled followed with RBI doubles from Christopher Bostick and Jorge Alfaro, giving the Pelicans a 3-1 lead.

Winston-Salem (11-19) scratched across a run off of Parra in the sixth. He walked Michael Johnson, ending his stretch of consecutive batters retired. Adam Heisler then doubled, bringing two into scoring position. A sacrifice fly scored a lone run, but Parra worked out of the jam after that, getting a strikeout of Courtney Hawkins and a fielder’s choice off the bat of Grant Buckner.

The Pelicans retook a two-run lead on a solo homer by Gallo to the opposite field off of left-hander Sean Hagan to begin the eighth. It was Gallo’s first home run of the year against a southpaw.

Alexander Claudio worked out of a two-on, two-out situation inherited in the seventh. The Dash got to him in the eighth though. With a man on and two outs, Buckner knocked a two-run, game-tying home run off of the left field foul pole.

The game went to extra innings. It was the first extra-innings affair for both the Pelicans and the Dash. Abel Del Los Santos allowed two aboard in the tenth but struck out pinch hitter Keon Barnum with the winning run at second base to get out of the frame.

Bryan Blough tossed scoreless ninth and tenth innings, but the Pelicans took the lead off of the right-hander in the eleventh. Nick Williams knocked a single to right field to begin the inning. Hanser Alberto sacrificed Williams into scoring position and Lyon doubled him around. The Pelicans led 5-4.

Jose Leclerc allowed a walk and a single but got a game-ending double play ball for the save. Del Los Santos (1-0) earned the win in his second Pelicans appearance and Blough took the loss (0-2).

The Pelicans travel to Woodbridge, Virginia to take on the Potomac Nationals for four games. Game one is Thursday night at 7:05 p.m.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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