Pelicans pound out 13 hits to hammer way past Hillcats

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans picked up a season high 13 hits in an 8-6 win over the visiting Lynchburg Hillcats at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

It was actually Lynchburg that struck first in the game, scoring off Pelicans starter Roman Mendez in the first inning.  Nick Ahmed singled as the second batter of the game.  He then stole second and scored on an Adam Milligan double.  The former Pelican Milligan finished 3-4 with two doubles, putting his team ahead 1-0 in the first.  That was the only run Mendez allowed.

Myrtle Beach responded with an Odubel Herrera leadoff triple in the second inning.  He scored one batter later on a Vinny DiFazio groundout to equal the score at one.

It was in the second inning that things really erupted for the Pelicans.  Myrtle Beach scored five runs, a single inning high for the season, sending nine batters to the plate.  The action started with a leadoff walk by Tomas Telis.  Jared Hoying then singled off Lynchburg first baseman Chris Garcia to put two men on.  One out later Christian Villanueva singled to score a run.  Herrera was then intentionally walked to load the bases.  With a 2-1 lead, DiFazio delivered, slamming a two-run double to the leftfield fence, scoring Hoying and Villanueva for a 4-1 lead.  Jake Skole followed that with his own two-run double for a 6-1 score.

The Pelicans added more offense in the fifth and sixth innings.  Herrera tripled again in the fifth, scoring on a DiFazio single right after.  In the sixth Telis doubled and scored on a Brett Nicholas groundout.

Lynchburg tried to make a game out of it in the seventh, down 8-1.  The Hillcats scored three runs, but left the bases loaded.  The visitors scored two more times in the ninth before Randy Henry entered and picked up his fifth save.

The 13 hits are the most for Myrtle Beach since the team had the same number May 10th against Carolina.  The five extra-base hits tie a season high from April 20th vs. Carolina.  Skole finished 3-3 with two RBI to escape a 1-34 slump.  He also walked and stole a bag.  Herrera extended his hitting streak to 14 games.  The Pelicans are now 8-0 on Thursdays.

The Pelicans next welcome the Wilmington Blue Rocks to town.  Nick Tepesch takes the ball for the first time since throwing a no-hitter against Wilmington.  First pitch is at 7:05.

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