Pelicans break out bats on Hillcats to win third straight

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans won their third straight Friday, capturing a series opening victory against the Lynchburg Hillcats, 7-3, at City Stadium.

Myrtle Beach wasted no time asserting its dominance, picking up base hits with its first five at-bats.  Cafe Martinez led off the game with a single off the glove of the outstretched shortstop, Nick Ahmed.  Jared Hoying then doubled off the wall in right to make it 1-0.  Christian Villanueva and Tomas Telis then singled to make it 2-0 before Brett Nichols re-painted the rightfield foul line with a bounce down the stripe and into the corner, scoring two runs.  It was 4-0.

Lynchburg got a run back with an Ahmed homer in the bottom of the first, but the Pelicans bats were not finished.  Villanueva singled again in the third, scoring three batters later on an RBI double from Santiago Chirino to go ahead 5-1.  Myrtle Beach added two more in the fifth with a leadoff double from Hoying and Villanueva getting hit by a pitch.  They scored on a Chirino sac fly and Cookie Castillo RBI single.

The Hillcats would put two more runs across, but squandered several further opportunities, leaving two men on base in the second, fifth, sixth and eighth innings.

Roman Mendez picked up the win for the Pelicans (15-12).  The righty went six strong, allowing two runs on five hits for his second W.  Gus Schlosser suffered his first loss.

The Pelicans and Hillcats continue their three-game set from Virginia Saturday at 6:05 p.m.

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