Pelicans allow ninth-inning comeback win by Mudcats

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After surrendering two runs in the top of the ninth inning on Tuesday, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans lost 3-1 to the Winston-Salem Dash at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. In his Pelicans debut, right-hander Brad Markey took no decision after allowing just one earned run in six innings of work.

The Dash (37-45, 7-5 second half) rallied for two runs in the ninth off of Pelicans reliever Dave Berg, who was making his debut with the club on Tuesday. A single, a walk, and a sacrifice bunt put two runners in scoring position for catcher Jeremy Dowdy, who bounced a single into shallow center field with the infield in and moved Winston-Salem ahead, 3-1.

Daniel Lockhart began the bottom of the ninth with a single up the middle, but Dash reliever Peter Tago induced a ground ball double play before striking out Mark Zagunis to end the ballgame.

The Dash jumped out to a 1-0 lead with two outs in the opening frame when third baseman Trey Michalczewski laced an RBI double to left field.

In the top of the third, with one out and a runner at first, Michalczewski threatened to extend the Dash lead when he made a bid for a two-run homer to left. However left fielder Pin-Chieh Chen leaped above the six-foot-two-inch-high wall and robbed the long ball before starting an inning-ending 7-6-3 double play, doubling off Jake Peter at first base. After that play, Markey retired the next nine consecutive batters, including striking out Michalczewski as the final batter faced. Markey finished his debut with two strikeouts and did not walk a batter while scattering four hits.

Myrtle Beach (46-36, 5-8 second half) responded by loading the bases with two outs in the bottom of the third. Jacob Rogers then tied the game at 1-1 when he forced in a run by drawing his forty-second walk of the season.

Right-hander David Garner relieved Markey for the seventh and struck out three batters before working a perfect eighth inning. He finished with two innings of work without allowing a hit. The only baserunner Garner allowed was Dowdy, who reached on a dropped third strike, but he induced a foul out to end the frame.

The Pelicans’ best scoring chances came with runners in scoring position in the sixth and seventh, but reliever Brian Clark worked out of the jam each time.

Berg (0-1) was handed the loss in his first appearance with the Pelicans. The sidewinding right-hander allowed two runs, both earned, on a pair of hits while also walking one.

Tago (2-0) collected his second victory from the Dash bullpen, firing two shutout innings while allowing one hit and striking out three. Winston-Salem starter Brandon Brennan took no decision across five innings in which he allowed an earned run on five hits.

The Pelicans continue their seven-game homestand with game two against the Dash scheduled for Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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