Pelicans take big swing at cancer, connect on Keys

pel-lockhartpinkIn front of a sellout crowd, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans pounded out 15 hits to run away with a 10-2 win over the Frederick Keys in the series finale at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark on Sunday. Daniel Lockhart matched a career-best four hits in the contest, scoring three times while also driving in a career-high four runs.

The Keys (54-60, 22-22 second half) grabbed the lead in the first inning after a single and two walks loaded the bases for first baseman Wynston Sawyer, who put Frederick in front 1-0 with sacrifice fly to center. Pelicans starter Brad Markey worked out of the early jam by inducing a 1-6-3 double play, and he would not allow another run for the rest of his six innings on Sunday.

In the second, the Pelicans (67-46, 26-18 second half) rode a two-out rally to retake the lead, one that they would not surrender. Keys starter Mikey O’Brien recorded back-to-back looking strikeouts to open the frame, but after a walk to Jordan Hankins, Trey Martin singled to right field, and Lockhart tied the game with a double to left. With two men in scoring position, Chesny Young singled up the middle to move the Pelicans in front, 3-1.

Markey allowed a pair of doubles in the second inning but an outfield assist and a strikeout prevented any runs from scoring. He also surrendered a two-out triple in the fifth but worked around it by inducing a groundout to third.

In the sixth, the Birds took advantage of three consecutive walks by reliever Williams Luico, who did not record an out in the frame. With the bases loaded, right-hander Nik Nowottnick took over and surrendered a two-run single to Lockhart, giving the Pelicans a 5-1 advantage. Jason Vosler followed with an RBI single up the middle to make it 6-1 in favor of Myrtle Beach.

Markey (4-0) picked up his fourth win of the year, working six innings and scattering five strikeouts while walking one and allowing one earned run. All five of his starts with the Pelicans this year have been quality, and in four of those five starts, he has allowed just one earned run. The lone exception was a seven-inning shutout effort against the Carolina Mudcats on July 26.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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