Pelicans blast Blue Rocks for 11th win in 13 outings

pel-45pointThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans notched another win over the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Sunday evening at Pelicans Ballpark. The Pelicans struck for seven runs in the first two innings and got home runs from Nick Williams and Christopher Bostick to push past Wilmington with a 7-1 win.

Lefty Sean Manaea, making his third professional start was hit hard by the Myrtle Beach hitters right off the bat. Consecutive infield singles set the table for Williams, who sent a 1-1 pitch to the opposite field for his first Carolina League home run.

The three-run homer opened the scoring, but the Pelicans were not done knocking around Manaea. Royce Bolinger brought home Joey Gallo with a sacrifice fly three batters later to give Pelicans’ starter Andrew Faulkner a 4-0 lead to work with.

The Pelicans (11-6) added another three runs in the second. Edwin Garcia led off with a double and scored on a fielder’s choice and a throwing error from Blue Rocks catcher Cam Gallagher. With one out, Bostick slammed a line drive homer to left field, his second of the season, to extend the lead to 7-0.

With the big lead, the Pelicans starter went to work against the Wilmington offense. The Aiken, South Carolina native allowed just one run in six innings of work on six hits and a walk. He struck out four. The only run scored in the third inning, the only inning in which the Blue Rocks had multiple hits, on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Bubba Starling. Otherwise, the Blue Rocks were kept off the scoreboard. Faulkner (1-0) earned the win.

Will Lamb, in his 2014 debut, fired a scoreless seventh inning. He gave up a double and struck out two. Alexander Claudio worked out of a bases loaded, no-out jam in the eighth and pitched a clean ninth inning to close out the ballgame.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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