Pelicans’ comeback bid falls a few feet short to Blue Rocks

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans made a late surge Saturday night, but came up feet short in a 2-0 loss to the Wilmington Blue Rocks in front of 3,140 at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

The Pelicans, down 2-0 in the bottom of the ninth, put two runners on with a single by Christian Villanueva and a walk to Santiago Chirino.  Josh Richmond then stepped up as the game’s winning run, but flew out to the wall in right field to end the game.

Myrtle Beach got another quality start in the loss by starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks, his seventh in nine outings.  Hendricks falls to 1-5 after allowing two runs in seven innings.  He coughed up only five hits while striking out seven and walking nobody.  He dropped his ERA to 2.67.

The Wilmington runs came in the fourth and seventh innings.  It was a Guelin Beltre single and Cheslor Cuthbert double combination to make it 1-0.  Jose Bonilla homered in the seventh for a 2-0 lead.

Offensively for the Pelicans Jared Hoying went 3-4.  Jake Skole reached base two times with a single and a walk, his 10th and 11th time on base in three games.

The Pelicans and Blue Rocks meet again for the rubber game of their series Sunday at 6:05.

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