Pelicans return home on seven-game winning run

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans earned their fourth sweep of the season behind a terrific showing from the club’s pitching staff Sunday in a 2-1 victory over the Wilmington Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium.

With Myrtle Beach (68-59, 25-32) and Wilmington (64-62, 25-31) tied at one in the seventh inning, Connor Myers singled with one out before stealing second base. With two men retired in the frame, Zack Short struck out swinging on a wild pitch that went to the backstop. Myers scored all the way from second base to give the Pelicans the 2-1 lead.

David Berg (1-2) matched a career-high with three scoreless en route to his first win of the season with Myrtle Beach. Following Berg, Scott Effross entered the contest and fired a scoreless eighth and ninth inning to lock down his eighth save of the season.

Jesse Hodges  kicked off the top of the second inning with a base hit before advancing to third on a one-out bunt single from Eddy Martinez and Wilmington error. With two men retired, Hodges sprinted home on a wild pitch to make the score 1-0.

In the bottom of the third, Jonathan McCray kicked off the frame by reaching on a walk. McCray advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt before a two-out error allowed McCray to score, tying the game at one.

Wilmington starter Jacob Bodner made his first career start on Sunday, striking out a career-high eight batters over four innings. He surrendered just one unearned run.

Myrtle Beach starter Ryan Kellogg matched Bodner, yielding just one unearned run on three hits over four innings of work before the southpaw gave way to the bullpen.

The Pelicans’ victory was their ninth win in the last 10 games, and the club earned its first seven-win road trip since April 8-14 of the 2014 season.

Myrtle Beach will enjoy an off day on Monday before kicking off a three-game home set Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. with the Down East Wood Ducks.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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