Hillcats hammer Pelicans as magic number remains at 6

pel-rundownOne day after being shutout 1-0, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, were upended 14-5 by the Lynchburg Hillcats at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark on Saturday night.

Jacob Rogers hit his team-leading seventh home run of the season, and Chesny Young extended his hit-streak to six games as the Pelicans have now dropped three consecutive games. Their magic number to clinch the first-half division title remains at six.

The Hillcats (31-31) powered their way to a six-run lead when they batted around in the third inning off of Pelicans starter Jen-Ho Tseng. The right-hander worked around lead off base runners in the first two innings, but was touched up for six earned runs in the third, a mark that tied a career-high while setting a new season-high.

Shortstop Ivan Castillo began the frame with a lead off single before Tseng induced back-to-back fly outs. A walk to right fielder Bradley Zimmer extended the frame, and Lynchburg then pounced for a single, back-to-back doubles and a home run by third baseman Joe Sever to grab a 6-0 lead. Sever later clocked a three-run triple in the eighth inning to establish a new career-high five RBI.

The Pelicans (35-26)  prevented the shutout when Daniel Lockhart drove in his twelfth run of the year with a triple to centerfield in the fifth. Despite trailing 14-1 into the bottom of the eighth, the Birds struck for four more runs when Young singled to right and Rogers followed with a three-run long ball to deep right field.

Shawon Dunston Jr. made his return to Myrtle Beach after missing 48 games while on the disabled list since April 22. In his reunion with the club, the Pelicans’ left fielder walked in his first plate appearance before stroking a triple to the centerfield wall in the eighth.

The series against the Hillcats wraps up on Sunday, with the first pitch from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark scheduled for 6:05 p.m.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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