Pelicans sweep past Keys, return home on hot streak

Trevor pel-29Clifton no-hit the Keys for seven innings in a dominant start and Jeffrey Baez homered twice as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans shut out Frederick 5-0 Wednesday at NYMEO Field at Harry Grove Stadium to earn a series sweep and their first five-game winning streak of the season.

Clifton (6-7) pitched into the eighth inning for the first time in his career, but his no-hitter ended on a Jomar Reyes leadoff double in the frame. The right-hander departed after that base hit, firing 7+ shutout innings with six strikeouts, no walks and that lone hit against to earn the win.

Myrtle Beach (59-51, 23-17) got the only offense they would need in the third inning. Tyler Pearson led off with a single against Keys (53-55, 17-21) starter Jon Keller (0-1). Pearson moved to second on a wild pitch before tagging to third on Andrew Ely’s fly out. Charcer Burks then grounded him in to make it 1-0.

Baez hit his first home run of the game in the fifth inning – his first dinger since July 1. He later tacked on a monstrous shot in the ninth to record his first career multi-homer game.

With the score 2-0, Ely doubled to begin the eighth. Two batters later Donnie Dewees was hit by a pitch and two hitters after that, Yasiel Balaguert doubled in two runs to increase the Pelicans’ advantage to 4-0.

Ryan McNeil worked two shutout frames in relief of Clifton to seal the win and Myrtle Beach’s first brooming of Frederick since August 11-13, 2013 in Maryland. The Birds are eight games above .500 for the first time all season.

The Pelicans return home Thursday at 7:05 to begin a four-game series with the Carolina Mudcats.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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