Pelicans cut magic number to two with early knockout

pel-bostick2The Myrtle Beach Pelicans defeated the Winston-Salem Dash 8-2 on Friday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

The Pelicans decreased their magic number to two in order to clinch the second half Southern Division title. Myrtle Beach scored three runs before Dash starter Nick Blount recorded an out in Friday’s five-run first inning. The Pelicans led the rest of the way, and the lead never shrunk to fewer than four runs.

The Pelicans (36-31, 80-55) opened up the contest in the first inning with five runs. Chris Grayson extended his hitting streak to six games, leading off the frame with a solo shot off Blount to right field, putting the Birds up 1-0. Christopher Bostick then singled, and Preston Beck then walked to put runners on first and third. Royce Bolinger following with a single to center field to score Bostick, extending the lead to 2-0. Ryan Cordell singled to right, scoring Bolinger making it 3-0 Pelicans—all before Blount recorded an out.  With two outs, Michael De Leon hit a bloop single to left field, scoring Bolinger and Cordell, before Luis Mendez was thrown out in an attempt to go from first to third on the play to end the inning.

Myrtle Beach right-hander Sam Wolff cruised through the Winston-Salem lineup for the first five innings, scattering four hits and no walks in five shutout frames.

In the sixth inning, however, the Dash (29-38, 59-77) got on the board. A leadoff walk came around to score on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Courtney Hawkins, cutting the deficit to 6-1.

The Rapid City, South Dakota native went six innings, striking out four, walking one, and allowing one run, earned. The first-year starter gave up five hits in the contest en route to his ninth win.

In the eighth inning, Winston-Salem tacked on a run off of Cody Buckel with a walk and an RBI double by Zach Voight.

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