Pelicans drop sold-out firework finale with Sox

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans (47-33, 7-4), Class-A Advanced affiliates of the Texas Rangers, dropped a 14-6 decision against the Salem Red Sox at sold-out TicketReturn.com Field. The first-half champion Pelicans played in front of a season-best 6,599 fans and finished the home stand 4-1.

The Pelicans carried a 6-5 lead into the eighth inning, but the Red Sox scored the final nine runs of the game to secure the win. The Pelicans took a 5-0 lead in the first inning, but the Red Sox closed the game on a 12-1 run.

Right-hander Nefi Ogando (2-1) earned the win out of the bullpen for the Red Sox, allowing one earned run on three hits over two innings. Randol Rojas (3-2) was saddled with the loss, allowing a season-high eight runs, six earned, on six hits over an inning.

With the scored tied 5-5, Rougned Odor laced an RBI double down the left field line in the seventh inning to give the Birds a short-lived lead.

Brandon Jacobs hit a two-run double as part of a five-run Sox eighth inning. Keury De La Cruz hit a two-run home run off Joe Van Meter in a four-run ninth.

The Pelicans sent eight men to the plate and took an early lead with five runs in the first inning. Drew Robinson punctuated the uprising with a three-run home run into the Pelicans bullpen. Kellin Deglan added an RBI single. Edwin Garcia started the rally with a double which led to a two-base error which scored Garcia on the play.

Victor Payano started for the Pelicans and lasted just 1.1 innings, allowing four earned runs with three walks. The Red Sox scored four runs off Payano in the second inning.

Paul Schwendel hurled 3.2 innings out of the bullpen and allowed one earned run on five hits. Taylor Dennis contributed two scoreless innings before turning it over to Rojas in the eighth.

The Pelicans hit the road Thursday to begin a four-game road series against the Winston-Salem Dash. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. Right-hander Luke Jackson will be opposed by righty Chris Bassitt.

The Pelicans return home on Friday, July 12, to take on the Winston-Salem Dash. The first 1,000 fans will receive a Slap Koozie. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.myrtlebeachpelicans.com or by calling 918-6000.

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