Pelicans’ Skole drives in game-winner in 10th inning

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans walked off with victory Thursday night, 3-2, over the Frederick Keys in front of  3,354 at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

With a 5-193 record when trailing after eight innings over the last three seasons, the Pelicans have now come from behind three times in the last week to win games late.  Jake Skole was the hero of the night, singling with one out in the 10th to score Edwin Garcia and win the game.  Garcia had reached on a leadoff single, extending his hitting streak to seven games.

Myrtle Beach has to battle back just to get to extras though.  Down 2-1 with two outs in the ninth, Vinny DiFazio was hit by a pitch and then pinch run for by Odubel Herrera.  In an amusing twist, it was Herrera with the game winning hits in the Pelicans’ two comeback wins at Carolina last weekend.  Seven pitches later, with a full count against him, Santiago Chirino singled to left to score Herrera from second and tie the game at two.

The late offense got starter Kyle Hendricks off the hook for an unjust loss.  The righty went a career high eight innings, allowing only two runs on seven hits without walking a batter.  It was his second quality start of the season.  The win goes to Zach Osborne in relief and the loss to Frederick’s Jason Gurka.

Myrtle Beach now heads on the road for 10 games, starting at Potomac at 7:05.

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