Pelicans outlast Frederick Keys in 15-inning marathon

Trever Adams made a sensational diving stop in the 15th inning Thursday to help the Myrtle Beach Pelicans hang on for a 4-3 win over the Frederick Keys in 15 innings at Harry Grove Stadium. The Pelicans (16-11) and Keys (14-13) split the four-game series.

With two outs and the potential tying run at third, Brenden Webb hit a sharp grounder to the right of Adams, who made a diving stop. He got to his feet and tossed it to the pitcher, Randol Rojas, who got to the bag ahead of Webb, ending a game that lasted four hours and 26 minutes.

Rojas (2-0) got the win, tossing 1.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Marcel Prado (1-2) took the loss, surrendering one unearned run on a hit over an inning.

The Pelicans carried a two-run lead into the seventh inning. Steve Bumbry hit a solo home run in the seventh inning and Jerome Pena went deep in the eighth inning tying the game 2-2. The game stayed tied until the 11th inning when Preston Beck scored on a wild pitch following a two-out double from Royce Bolinger. Frederick’s Connor Narron hit an RBI double in the 11th inning to tie the game and send it to the 12th. The game remained tied until the 15th inning when Patrick Cantwell came in on a two-out passed ball after starting the inning with a bunt single.

Adams, Cantwell and Bolinger all collected two hits for the Pelicans in the team’s longest game of the season.

Right-hander Nick Martinez started and hurled 5.2 scoreless innings with a career-high nine strikeouts. Martinez struck out the side in the second inning and seven in his first four frames. Left-hander Will Lamb got the final out of the sixth inning to preserve the shutout.

Bolinger stroked an RBI single up the middle in the fourth inning to give the Birds a 1-0 lead. Jake Skole put the Pelicans up 2-0 with a sac-fly in the seventh.

The Pelicans used six different pitchers during the marathon. Paul Schwendel tossed 2.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen in his debut. Lamb (1.1 IP), Nick McBride (3 IP) and Jon Edwards (1.1) also saw action.

The Keys used five pitchers including starter Tyler Wilson who worked six innings of one-run, two-hit baseball.

Frederick had the potential winning run at second base with nobody out in the tenth inning but did not score. The Keys were 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left 13 on base in the game. Both of the Birds wins in this series were in extra frames.

Jerome Pena singled in the first inning for the Keys but was thrown out heading to second by Preston Beck, who tracked the ball down in the right field corner.

The Pelicans travel to Potomac to begin a three-game series with the Nationals Friday. Right-hander Luke Jackson (3-0, 1.27) will take on right-hander A.J. Cole (0-1, 4.85). First pitch Friday is slated for 7:05 p.m.

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