Pelicans squander 6-2 ninth-inning lead, fall to Sox

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans (50-35, 10-6), Class-A Advanced affiliates of the Texas Rangers, squandered a 6-2 ninth-inning lead before falling 7-6 in 10 innings to the Salem Red Sox at LewisGale. The Pelicans are 3-2 on the current road trip and have played three extra inning games on the trip.

Stefan Welch hit a two-out, RBI singe in the tenth inning to lift the Red Sox to victory. The hit came off right-hander Josh McElwee (0-1), who took his first loss of the season. Matt Price (4-0) worked two scoreless innings out of the bullpen and earned the win.

The Pelicans led by as many as five in the game and carried a four-run lead into the last of the ninth inning. The Red Sox sent 10 men to the plate and plated four runs, all of which were charged to Jon Edwards, who faced five batters and did not record an out. After McElwee entered, Deven Marrero scored the tying run on a wild pitch.

After falling behind 1-0, the Pelicans scored four runs to take the lead in the fifth inning. The Pelicans tallied six hits in the inning and received three consecutive run-producing doubles after two outs had been recorded. Rougned Odor hit a two-run double to start the scoring. Trever Adams and Joe Maloney followed with RBI two-baggers.

The Birds got two more runs in the sixth inning to build a 6-1 lead. Jake Skole had an RBI groundout and Preston Beck scored on a wild pitch.

Jerad Eickhoff started for the Pelicans and took a no decision, allowing two earned runs on seven hits over six innings. Taylor Dennis and Joe Van Meter each tallied a scoreless inning of relief.

Luis Sardinas and Beck each amassed three hits for the Pelicans who pounded out 13 total knocks.

The Pelicans continue their four-game series Tuesday with the Salem Red Sox. Left-hander Victor Payano (5-4, 4.85) will be opposed by Red Sox right-hander Mike Augliera (6-5, 4.25). First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. Pregame coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on AM 1050 and FM 101.9 – Fox Sports in Myrtle Beach.

The Pelicans return to TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark on Friday, July 12, to take on the Winston-Salem Dash. The first 1,000 fans will receive a Slap Koozie. It will also be a “Fiesta Friday” presented by Abuelo’s. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. EST. Tickets are available for purchase online atwww.myrtlebeachpelicans.com   or by phone at 918-6000.

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