Pelicans rally late for 8-3 win over the Blue Rocks

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, got back on the winning track Saturday, burying the Wilmington Blue Rocks 8-3 at Frawley Stadium.

Wilmington took the early upper hand with back-to-back homeruns in the fourth off Pelicans starter Kyle Hendricks.  The shots came from Cheslor Cuthbert and Matt Fields.  The solo bomb was the sixth in seven games for Fields, an independent ball pickup for the Blue Rocks.  Wilmington led 2-1.  Those hits, however, would be the last for the Blue Rocks on the night.

Myrtle Beach started its offense slowly, scoring one run in each the fourth and fifth innings.  The runs created a 2-2 tie, a stalemate that carried into a brief rain delay after the sixth inning.

The Pelicans had all the momentum out of the break, though.  Myrtle Beach torched Wilmington reliever Andrew Stueve for six runs in two and two thirds innings, scoring three in each the eighth and nine.

In the eighth, the Pelicans did the bulk of their damage with two outs.  With one out Christian Villanueva singled ahead of a double from Tomas Telis to take a 3-2 lead.  With two outs, Jeremy Williams walked to put two on in front of a two-run triple from Josh Richmond.  It was Richmond’s second triple in four games and his season-long hitting streak is now at five.  The Pelicans led 5-2 at the end of eight.

In the ninth the Pelicans rallied again, scoring three times to increase their then 5-3 lead to 8-3.  Vinny DiFazio had the blast of the inning, doubling to the rightfield fence with two outs and chasing Stueve from the game with one out to get.

Brett Nicholas finished with the most hits for Myrtle Beach, corralling three singles with two knocked in.  Richmond, Telis and DiFazio all finished with extra-base hits and RBI.  Every Pelican except for Teodoro Martinez reached safely in the game.

The win went to Ben Henry, allowing one run in an inning and a third of post rain delay relief.  Ben Rowen earned his sixth save.  The Pelicans are now 12-5, best in the Carolina League.

The Pelicans next take on the Blue Rocks at 1:35 Sunday with a 1:20 Pelicans Pregame on FOX Sports 1050 and 101.9.  For more info visit MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

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