Pelicans strand 14 on base in big loss to Lynchburg

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The Myrtle Beach Pelicans dropped a 7-1 decision to the Lynchburg Hillcats in the third game of the four-game series on Sunday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark after stranding 14 baserunners on the night.

A three-run second and four-run fourth inning led the Hillcats to victory. The Pelicans were unable to capitalize with runners in scoring position leaving the bases loaded twice in the contest and 14 men on in total.

The Pelicans (14-11, 58-35) jumped on the board first with a leadoff Chris Garia solo shot in the first inning, putting the Birds out in front 1-0.

In the second inning the Hillcats (10-14, 44-50) answered right back. With one out, Will Skinner reached on an error by Kevin Torres, and then Emerson Landoni singled. Tyler Tewell came to the plate and gave Lynchburg a 3-1 lead with a three-run shot to right field off of Pelicans starter Luis Parra.

Skinner added on to the lead by leading off the fourth inning by hitting a solo shot to left field.

After Luis Parra walked three consecutive batters, Cody Ege entered the game with the bases loaded. On a single, a wild pitch, and a fielder’s choice, the Hillcats tallied three more runs to Parra’s line, extending the lead to 7-1 Hillcats after the fourth inning.

Myrtle Beach had their chances to answer the Hillcats runs. The Pelicans left at least one man on in every inning after the first. They left the bases loaded in the fourth and seventh innings. The Birds were 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position on the evening and left on a season-high tying 14 men on base.

Lynchburg southpaw, Daniel Watts did not allow a run after the Garia homer, pitching five strong innings of one-run ball, striking out four batters, while walking three and allowing four hits. The bullpen tossed four scoreless innings in relief, including former Pelican Benino Pruneda, who pitched two shutout frames.

Watts (1-2) earned the win for the Hillcats. Parra dropped to (7-5) on the season.

The Birds can win the series with the Hillcats when they play the final game of a four-game set on Monday night.

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