Pelicans fail to clinch, carry magic number 1 into finale

pel-parra2The Myrtle Beach Pelicans lost 2-1 to the Lynchburg Hillcats on Sunday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark, preventing them from celebrating a second-half championship.

he magic number for the Pelicans remained at one with Salem’s win in Wilmington earlier on Sunday afternoon. The Pelicans need a win or a Salem loss on Monday to clinch the second half Southern Division title.

After Pelicans starter Luis Parra held the Hillcats (34-34, 68-71) scoreless through two innings, Lynchburg took the lead for good in the third. Johan Carmago led off with a double to left field and advanced to third on a Yenier Bello single. Carmago then scored when Blake Brown grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to give the Hillcats a 1-0 lead.
After Emerson Landoni hit a ground rule double, Ryan Bores relieved Parra. Bores then walked Sean Godfrey and Kevin Ahrens to load the bases. Jose Martinez then drove in Lynchburg’s second and final run of the game with an RBI single to right field. Bores escaped the jam when Tyler Tewell flew out to left to end the inning.

The Pelicans (37-32, 81-56) had two men on with one out in the bottom of the third inning but failed to score. After Christopher Bostick and Preston Beck walked, Ryan Cordell struck out swinging. Sims escaped the jam when Royce Bolinger hit a lineout to third. Beck was then doubled off first to end the inning.

Lucas Sims tossed six scoreless innings for the Hillcats, scattering two hits while striking out four and walking four.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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