Pelicans play comeback kids for fourth time in a week

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans (71-50, 31-21) mounted their fourth comeback win in the last eight games, rallying from a 3-0 deficit to edge the Carolina Mudcats 5-4 on Thursday at Five County Stadium.

Preston Beck delivered a two-out, go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning to plate Hanser Alberto, who started the two-out rally with a double.

The Pelicans entered the sixth inning down 3-0 but had several big two-out hits. Alberto had a two-run double in the sixth inning to tie the game 3-3. In the seventh inning Joe Maloney clubbed a two-out solo home run to give the Birds their first lead, 4-3.

Right-hander Michael Zouzalik (2-0) got the win out of the bullpen, allowing one unearned run on one hit over 2.1 innings. Ryan Harvey got the final six outs and earned his seventh save of the season. Josh Martin (0-2) was saddled with the loss, allowing two earned runs on four hits over two innings.

Alberto finished 2-for-2 with two doubles, two walks and two runs knocked in. Royce Bolinger also turned in a multi-hit performance finishing 2-for-4.

In addition to nine walks, the Pelicans benefited from eight walks on the night.

Knuckleballer Kevin Pucetas started for the Pelicans and went 4.2 innings and allowed three runs, two earned, on three hits with four walks and six strikeouts.

The Pelicans and Mudcats will play the series finale Friday at Five County Stadium.

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