Pelicans take 3 of 4 despite being outscored for series

pel-rosecatchMatt Rose finished a triple shy of the cycle and drove in three and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans held off the Lynchburg Hillcats 4-3 Sunday to take the series at Calvin Falwell Field at Lynchburg (VA) City Stadium. The Pelicans took three out of four games despite being outscored by the Hillcats 12-11.

Rose began the second by hitting a home run to left off Lynchburg (1-3) starter Jared Robinson (0-1). Bryant Flete and Tyler Alamo then notched back-to-back singles to put runners on first and second. Two batters later, a Carlos Sepulveda single up the middle brought in Flete and put Myrtle Beach (3-1) up 2-0.

The score would stay that way until the fifth. Brock Hartson replaced Robinson, who allowed two runs on six hits in four innings. With two out and nobody on, Trent Giambrone doubled before Eddy Martinez walked. Daniel Spingola, who had two hits, was able to knock one of the infield variety to load the bases. Rose then banged a base hit of his own up the middle to drive in two more and place the Pelicans at a 4-0 advantage.

Rose went 3-for-4, finishing just a triple shy of the cycle. He drove in three. Giambrone, Martinez, Flete and Alamo all also reached base multiple times.

Myrtle Beach starter Oscar De La Cruz (1-0) rolled without much resistance through five shutout innings, scattering five hits and two walks with five strikeouts.

In relief of De La Cruz, Tommy Thorpe pitched perfect sixth and seventh innings before getting into a jam in the eighth. Back-to-back singles and a walk loaded the bases with one out and chased Thorpe from the game. Scott Effross came in and surrendered an RBI knock to Martin Cervenka, which put Lynchburg on the board at 4-1. However, with the bases still loaded, Effross was able to strike out Daniel Salters and induce a pop out off the bat of Yonathan Mendoza to escape the jam.

The Hillcats mounted one more rally in the ninth. Sam Haggerty tripled in a run with two outs to make it 4-2 and bring the tying run to the plate. Ka’ai Tom then lined an RBI single to center to drag Lynchburg to within one. With the winning run at the plate, Effross got Connor Marabell to line out to end the ballgame and seal his second save of the season.

The Pelicans head to Buies Creek (NC) to begin a three-game series Monday at 7 p.m.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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