Pelicans polish off Hillcats, return home on hot streak

pel-brinson2Recording a season-high in runs and hits, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, completed a sweep of the Lynchburg Hillcats with a 14-6 victory on Monday night at Calvin Falwell Field.

In a 17-hit attack, eight of the nine Pelicans hitters collected at least one hit, and all nine scored at least once in the blowout victory. Despite the lopsided final, the game was close until the ninth with the Pelicans scored five runs to put it away.

The Pelicans led 9-6 until the ninth. Michael Heesch tossed three scoreless innings, setting down the final nine batters he faced after back-to-back singles to begin his appearance.

For the second time on the night, the Birds batted around, bringing nine men up and five runs across against reliever Ben Heller and position player Joe Sever, who made his third appearance of the year. Penalver knocked in a run on a single, Darvill tripled in two more, and McKinney drove in his third run of the night with a triple. The fifth run of the inning touched home when James Roberts made his second error of the ballgame, allowing McKinney to score.

The sweep of the Hillcats was the Pelicans’ second of the year. They maintain sole possession of first place, despite surges from Carolina and Salem, who have won five and four straight, respectively.

The Pelicans now head home for a three-day, four-game series with the Salem Red Sox, beginning with a regulation contest on Tuesday. First pitch from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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