Pelicans close out first-half home schedule with victory

pel-bolingerThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans defeated the Lynchburg Hillcats, 6-3 on Wednesday night at Pelicans Ballpark.

Jorge Alfaro doubled in two runs and Alberto Triunfel launched two homers to lead the come from behind win.

The Hillcats (33-33) started the contest with two runs and opened up an early lead. Victor Payano faced Kevin Ahrens with Jose Peraza and Kyle Wren on the corners. Payano committed a throwing error on a pickoff attempt at first base. Peraza scored on the play, and Wren moved up to second base.  The southpaw induced a ground ball off the bat of Kevin Ahrens, but Ahrens beat the relay throw at first, and Wren scored.

The Pelicans (43-21) answered right back in the next half inning. Chris Garia singled and stole a base off of the right-hander Wes Parsons. Garia scored on an Alfaro sacrifice fly, trimming the lead to 2-1.

Lynchburg tacked on another run in the third inning. With a runner on second base, Daniel Castro singled in Daniel Carroll. The Hillcats led 3-1.

Stolen bases were a theme for the Hillcats tonight. Five different Lynchburg players swiped bases off of Pelicans pitchers.

The Pelicans responded in the bottom of the fifth inning with a solo shot from Triunfel to left field. The home run was Triunfel’s first since July 5, 2013. The long ball made it a one run game at 3-2.

Myrtle Beach had Kevin Torres at the plate in the seventh inning with Chris Grayson on third base. Torres singled to left field, scoring Grayson to tie the game at three apiece. The single knocked Parsons from the ballgame.

Later in the inning, new reliever Alex Wilson was in a jam with the bases loaded as Alfaro came to the plate. Alfaro lined a double down the third base line. Garia and Bostick scored, putting the Pelicans ahead with a 5-3 lead.

Alfaro collected two hits in three at bats with three RBI celebrating his 21st birthday.

Triunfel provided an insurance run for the Birds in the eighth, hitting his second home run of the night off the left field foul pole.  It was his first multi-homer game.

With the win, the Pelicans avoid back-to-back series loses. They have not lost consecutive series all year.

Monegro (2-0) earned the win, allowing two hits. Parsons (4-2) took the loss in the rubber match of the three game series. De Los Santos (5) earned the two-inning save.

The Birds hit the road to play in a four-game series against the Frederick Keys beginning Thursday night at 7:00 p.m., before the first-half all-star break. They return home Wednesday against Potomac.

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