Pelicans chase Hillcats on Bark in the Park Night

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, defeated the Lynchburg Hillcats 3-2 on Bark in the Park Night at TicketReturn.com Field to end a five game losing streak in front of 4,198 fans.

A two run double by Teodoro Martinez in the fifth and four scoreless innings by four Pelican relievers were the deciding factor for the Birds.

The Hillcats started off the scoring in the top of the second when former Pelican Adam Milligan hit a two run laser home run to the left field bleachers. It also scored Chris Garcia who walked the batter before on a long at bat. Pelican starter Joe Van Meter settled down after a somewhat wild start with 50 pitches in the first two innings. He ended up tossing five innings, giving up only the two runs while striking out five.

The Pelicans wouldn’t score until the fourth when Brett Nicholas doubled in Hanser Alberto, who singled in an infield hit. Lynchburg starter Michael Lee was good until the fourth when he started to get a little wild. Myrtle Beach tacked on two more when Lee hung a curveball to Teodoro Martinez. “CafĂ©” stroked a two run double to the left field gap. He drove in Jeremy Williams, who was hit by a pitch.

Both bullpens pitched the ball very well combining for 7.2 innings of scoreless baseball. Myrtle Beach got one and two thirds from Daniel Lopez, one from Jimmy Reyes, one big out from Phil Klein and Ben Rowen notched his 19th save in 20 chances. In all the four struck out six and allowed only three hits. Chasen Shreve and Ryne Harper went one and two thirds and two innings each, respectively. They allowed one hit and struck out four Pelicans.

The win ended a five game losing streak for the Pelicans and Joe Van Meter earned his fourth win of the year. Game two of the three game set is Sunday night at 6:05. Randol Rojas for the Pelicans and Aaron Northcraft for the Hillcats will both go for their tenth wins of the season. There will also be post game fireworks.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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