Pelicans earn club record 44th road win of season

pel-boresThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans earned an 8-2 win over the Lynchburg Hillcats on Friday night at Calvin Falwell Field.

Starter Ryan Bores matched a season and career-high with seven innings of one-run ball en route to his first Carolina League win. The win was the club’s 44th road victory, setting a new team record for road wins in a season.

After a scoreless first, the Pelicans (32-28, 76-52) posted four runs in the second against Lynchburg starter Jarrett Miller. Kellin Deglan collected the first off three hits to open the scoring with a two-run single to make it 2-0. Luis Mendez and Lewis Brinson also collected RBI in the frame.

Bores set down the first six batters. He scattered two hits in the third and worked around a hit batter in the fourth to keep a shutout going through four innings. Levi Hyams led off the fifth with a double, and two batters later, Blake Brown doubled to left to drive in a run, cutting the deficit to 4-1.

The Hillcats (28-31, 62-67) surrendered four more runs in the seventh inning. The first four batters all reached off of Mauricio Cabrera on three walks and a single. All four runs came across. Royce Bolinger, Deglan, and Nick Vickerson all drove in runs and another scored on a wild pitch.

With an 8-1 lead, Bores finished up his night working out of a two-on, one out jam in the seventh. In the seven innings, he surrendered five hits and a walk. He hit two batters and struck out four.

Cody Kendall tossed the final two innings for the Pelicans, allowing a run in the eighth before a scoreless ninth.

With the win, the Pelicans remain in sole possession of first place in the second half Southern Division standings with a one-game lead over the Salem Red Sox.

Bores (1-4) picked up the win, while Miller suffered the defeat (8-9), lasting just 3.2 innings, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks.

Game two of the four-game set is Saturday at 6:05 p.m.

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