Pelicans win despite two top prospects’ promotions

pel-chichi2The Myrtle Beach Pelicans  salvaged the three-game series with the Frederick Keys with a 7-4 win on Sunday night at Pelicans Ballpark.

Sam Wolff put together a strong performance, throwing six shutout innings. He lowered his ERA to 2.78, the sixth-lowest ERA in the Carolina League.

The Pelicans (41-20) ended their 20-inning run-scoring drought in the bottom of the first inning. Chris Garia led off with an infield single off Keys starter Brady Wager. Two batters later, Preston Beck walked. After David Lyon flew out to left field, Christopher Bostick knocked Garia home with an RBI single.

The Pelicans, who just clinched the Carolina League Southern Division first-half championship, saw its two best players promoted to Double-A Frisco on Sunday.

One day after being named the Carolina League Players of the Month, infielder/slugger Joey Gallo got the call to take the next step on the minor-league ladder. Joining him on the flight from Myrtle Beach to Frisco is ace right-handed pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez.

Gallo leads all of baseball with 21 home runs and his .323 batting average is best among the Pelicans. Gonzalez has a 5-2 record and a 2.62 ERA, second-best on the team in both categories. Their promotions leaves the Pelicans a bit shorthanded heading into the second half of the season and triggered a series of transactions by the team.

Other moves made by Myrtle Beach on Sunday include:

* OF Zach Cone (#12) has been placed on the 7-day disabled list
* OF Chris Grayson has been received from Double-A Frisco
* OF Jose Gonzalez Cardona has been received from Extended Spring Training
* IF Nick Vickerson has been received from Class-A Hickory
* RHP Justin Sprenger has changed uniform numbers from #21 to #47.

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