Pelicans close out first half with shot at Hillcats, cancer

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The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, celebrated a 4-1 win over the Lynchburg Hillcats on Father’s Day Sunday in the 2015 first-half season finale.

Every batter in the Pelicans starting lineup collected a hit in the ballgame, and the top three of Chesny Young, Pin-Chieh Chen and Jeimer Candelario each had two knocks in the win.

During the seventh inning stretch, Ronnie Hribar, owner of Longbeard’s Bar and Grill in Carolina Forest, participated in the second-annual “Two Knuckle Challenge.”

As a promotion for prostate cancer awareness, Hribar sang “Take Me out to the Ballgame” while receiving an in-game prostate exam in front of the crowd of 5,839. The promotion was made famous by Pelicans President and General Manager Andy Milovich in 2014.

For the Hillcats (33-37), designated hitter Luigi Rodriguez spurred the offense with a first-inning, lead-off triple to the right-center field wall. Center fielder Clint Frazier walked in the next at-bat and left fielder LeVon Washington knocked in the go-ahead run with an RBI fielder’s choice groundout to first base.

Pelicans starter Daury Torrez rebounded after that, dismissing 16 of the final 20 batters he faced. The right-hander finished with six innings pitched, striking out five along the way with four walks. He allowed just the one run, earned.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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