Home runs propel Pelicans to victory in season opener

pel-springolaTrent Giambrone and Daniel Spingola homered to help the Myrtle Beach Pelicans to a season-opening 4-2 victory Thursday over the Lynchburg Hillcats at Calvin Falwell Field at Lynchburg City Stadium.

Eddy Martinez began a scoreless second with a base hit. Giambrone then launched an opposite field bomb to put Myrtle Beach (1-0) ahead 2-0. Two batters later, Lynchburg (0-1) starter Matt Esparza (0-1) served up a solo home run to Spingola to make it 3-0.

That was all the scoring the Pelicans’ pitching staff needed. Adbert Alzolay (1-0) went the first five innings, allowing just two runs on three hits to pick up the win. He struck out five and walked two.

With Myrtle Beach ahead 3-2 in the seventh inning, Connor Myers walked with one out before getting singled to third base by P.J. Higgins. The next batter was Eddy Martinez, who hit a sharp ground ball up the middle for an infield single that plated Myers to give the Birds an insurance run at 4-2.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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