Pelicans stay hot in second half, win homestand opener

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans took the first game of a four game set with the Winston-Salem Dash Wednesday, jumping out early to a 7-1 win in front of 4,820 at Pelicans Ballpark.

Facing Winston-Salem starter Blair Walters for the second time in six days, the Pelicans (14-6 second half) assaulted the lefty early, batting around in the first and scoring three runs.  Odubel Herrera and Hanser Alberto got that ball rolling with back-to-back singles to lead off the inning.  The first run scored on a wild pitch, followed by a sac fly from Brett Nicholas and a double from Tomas Telis.

The Pelicans surged again in the third inning, with every batter in the frame reaching base on either a single or a fielder’s choice.  The Birds used six singles to score three more times and chase Walters from the game.  The inning ended when Herrera was thrown out trying to score.  It was 6-0.

Myrtle Beach added its final run in the seventh inning, using a solo home run from Christian Villanueva, his eighth of the season and fourth since the all-star break.  That made its 7-1.

Pelicans starter Luke Jackson turned in arguably his best start as a pro, lasting a career long seven inning and allowing only four singles.  He struck out six, walked one and earned his first Carolina League win.

The Myrtle Beach eight game homestand continues Thursday at 7:05 against the Winston-Salem Dash.  Wilmer Font throws for the Pelicans.  It’s another Thirsty Thursday with $1 Bud and Bud Light drafts from 6-8pm.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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