Pelicans send Chants off to CWS with pitching display

pel-StinnettThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans paid tribute to the Omaha-bound Coastal Carolina baseball team Wednesday night by putting on a stellar pitching display.

With the College World Series qualifiers being introduced on the field before the game and getting a standing ovation from the crowd, the Pelicans put on a show of their own on the mound. Jake Stinnett went seven shutout innings and Ryan McNeil followed with two perfect frames for the save as the Pelicans shut out the Frederick Keys 1-0 at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

Stinnett (5-4) scattered eight hits and walked only two while tying a season-high with seven strikeouts.

The Keys (34-32) threatened Stinnett’s shutout bid with two hits in the first and fifth innings, but the right-hander induced two double plays to escape both frames.

Frederick starter Matthew Grimes (7-4) struck out six over five innings of four-hit ball. However, in a scoreless game in the bottom of the fourth, Grimes walked Yasiel Balaguert with one out. An error put runners second and third. Later in the inning, Grimes issued a wild pitch, which allowed Balaguert to score and give Myrtle Beach (34-31) a 1-0 lead.

With the Pelicans still leading 1-0 in the top of the seventh, Stinnett allowed two hits and a walk, which loaded the bases for Frederick with two outs. After a six-pitch at-bat, Stinnett got Erick Salcedo to groundout and keep the shutout alive.

Meanwhile, Keys reliever Tanner Scott worked two perfect innings in the sixth and seventh, striking out all six batters he faced.

Up 1-0 after seven, the Pelicans turned to McNeil, who also retired all six batters he saw, earning his fifth save of the year.

The Pelicans will head to Potomac to take on the Nationals at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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