Pelicans follow no-hitter with another walk-off defeat

One night after getting the first no-hitter in the franchise’s 14-year history, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans dropped a last at-bat finish Sunday, falling 2-1 to Wilmington in front of 4,309 at Frawley Stadium.

Tied at one in the ninth inning, Myrtle Beach brought in reliever Francisco Mendoza to face the top of the Wilmington order.  After retiring Whit Merrifield to start things, Mendoza allowed two soft singles to Angel Franco and Brian Fletcher.  Brett Eibner then doubled to the wall in center to score Franco.  The run gave the Wilmington its second walk-off win of the series.

Myrtle Beach starter Kyle Hendricks earned a no decision despite his brilliant start.  Hendricks struck out a career best 11 in a career high eight innings. He did not walk anybody for the fifth time this season.  All four hits off Hendricks were singles.

The Pelicans lone run came across in the seventh against Blue Rocks reliever Santiago Garrido.  The righty allowed back-to-back singles to Christian Villanueva and Vinny DiFazio with one out.  Jake Skole then grounded out to short to score Villanueva from third.

Wilmington’s first run came in the third on a single from Angel Franco.

Myrtle Beach (21-20) now heads home for an off day Monday with a homestand starting Tuesday with the Lynchbug Hillcats.

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