Pelicans suffer first loss of season against Lynchburg

pel-boteblueTyler Pearson homered, but the Myrtle Beach Pelicans suffered their first loss of the 2017 with a 6-1 defeat Saturday to the Lynchburg Hillcats at Calvin Falwell Field at Lynchburg City Stadium.

The game was scoreless when Jodd Carter led off the third with a base hit. Claudio Bautista followed with a walk before a Yonathan Mendoza infield single loaded the bases with nobody out. A fielder’s choice of the bat of Andrew Calica allowed the Hillcats (1-2) to strike first blood at 1-0. A Pelicans (2-1) error on a pickoff attempt brought in the second run before Martin Cevenka knocked in another to make it 3-0.

Lynchburg starter Triston McKenzie (1-0) had retired 12 Birds in a row while holding Myrtle Beach hitless until Pearson led off the fifth with a home run. However, that was Myrtle Beach’s only offense all evening. McKenzie yielded just that one run on two hits in 5.2 frames, fanning five against two walks.

With the Hillcats ahead 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth, Pelicans starter Justin Steele (0-1) walked Ka’ai Tom before leaving the game. Tom stole second and came around to score two batters late on another Myrtle Beach error.

The Hillcats still held the 4-1 advantage when Cervenka doubled with two outs in the seventh. Connor Marabell then grounded an RBI single to center before Sicnarf Loopstok tripled in Marabell to increase the lead to 6-1.

Lynchburg reliever Leandro Linares, Billy Strode and Neil Holland recorded the final 10 outs to seal the Hillcats’ first victory of 2017.

Myrtle Beach vies for the series win with Sunday’s 2 p.m. set finale.

Photo courtesy of Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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