Pelicans: Storm won’t stop tonight’s national TV debut

pel-45pointThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans say they aren’t about to let a little thing like a hurricane stop one of the biggest games in franchise history.

The Pelicans are scheduled to make their national television debut against the Winston-Salem Dash on Thursday night in Minor League Baseball’s Game of the Week on CBS Sports Network. First pitch is slated for 8:05 p.m. and gates will open at 6 p.m., despite the threat of winds and rains from Hurricane Arthur spinning just of the coast.

Pelicans general manager Andy Milovich said the game will go on based on models that show the storm will be out of our area by 6 p.m.

The Pelicans are selected as one of 15 MiLB teams to host a nationally televised game this season as part of an agreement announced on May 1 between MiLB and CBS Sports Network. Highlights of the night will include skydivers from the All-Veteran Parachute Team and post-game fireworks courtesy of Kangaroo Express, as well as pre-game autographs with team mascots, Splash and Rally. July 3 is also a Thirsty Thursday with $1 Bud and Bud Light draught beers from 6 to 8 p.m.

In Wednesday’s game, the Dash (8-6, 38-45) started the game by scoring immediately. Jacob May led off with his first Carolina League home run off Pelicans starter Victor Payano, and the Dash led 1-0 after the first inning.

The Pelicans (8-5, 52-29) tied the game in the bottom of the second inning. Preston Beck doubled to lead off the inning. Two batters later, Christopher Bostick scored Beck with an RBI single to left field, tying the score at 1-1.

The Dash took the lead for good in the fourth inning. Joey DeMichele hit a leadoff single, and advanced to third on Keon Barnum’s single. DeMichele scored the go-ahead run on Cleuluis Rondon’s ground out to Bostick. Winston-Salem scored their second run of the inning when Grant Buckner singled to right field. Beck’s throw to home plate was in time, but a collision at home plate between Barnum and David Lyon knocked the ball out of Lyon’s glove, and the Dash took a 3-1 lead.

Winston-Salem increased its lead to 4-1 in the seventh. Pelicans reliever Justin Sprenger issued a leadoff walk to Omar Narvaez, who advanced to second on a single by Buckner. Both Narvaez and Buckner advanced a base on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Jason Coats. With the infield in, Keenyn Walker drove in the fourth Dash run on the night with a single past Hanser Alberto. In the next at-bat, Zach Voight grounded into a double play, one of a season-high four the Pelicans turned on the night.

In the eighth inning, the Dash added a fifth and final run.

The Pelicans had baserunners in every inning except for the third and the ninth. Myrtle Beach had the first two men on in the fourth, the first three on in the fifth, and the first two on in the seventh but failed to score in each scenario.

Kyle Hansen (5-4) picked up the win in relief. Payano (3-5) took the loss, allowing three runs over six innings.

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