Hedges strikes out eight, pitches Pelicans to victory

pel-40Zach Hedges whiffed a career-high eight in six shutout innings and all nine Pelicans reached base at least once Sunday in Myrtle Beach’s 9-1 triumph over the Wilmington Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium.

Hedges (7-7) scattered just three hits and didn’t walk a batter in his six innings, fanning eight to earn the win.

Myrtle Beach (45-43, 9-9) jumped out early against Blue Rocks (33-54, 6-12) starter Colin Rodgers (2-6). Charcer Burks began the game with a double and scored immediately on Rashad Crawford’s RBI single. Two batters later, Ian Rice doubled in Crawford before a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jason Vosler made it 3-0 before Wilmington even batted.

Crawford reached on a strikeout and wild pitch to begin the third. Gleyber Torres singled and then Rodgers walked Rice to load the bases. Vosler responded by ripping a two-run double to increase the advantage to 5-0. Yasiel Balaguert walked to load the bases before David Bote did the same to bring in a run.

Wilmington turned to reliever Matt Tenuta, who then allowed a sacrifice fly to Jeffrey Baez to make it 7-0.

A Blue Rocks error in the sixth brought in another Birds run, upping the lead to 8-0 before Wilmington finally got on the board with an RBI groundout in the seventh.

With the same score in the ninth, Bote smashed an opposite field home run to increase the lead to 9-1.

James Pugliese worked two scoreless innings of relief for Myrtle Beach, scattering two hits and punching out one.

The Pelicans go for the series win Monday with RHP Jonathan Martinez (5-5, 4.31 ERA) on the mound for the 6:35 p.m. game against Wilmington RHP Josh Staumont (2-9, 5.20 ERA).

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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