Pelicans win in walk-off fashion for second straight night

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans walked off with victory for the second night in a row Tuesday, beating the Lynchburg Hillcats 5-4 at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

Leading 4-2 in the top of the ninth, the Pelicans couldn’t slam the door on Lynchburg.  The Hillcats first baseman Chris Garcia reached base on a single to centerfield to keep the ninth going off Pelicans reliever Ben Henry.

That set the table for catcher Braeden Schlehuber, who blasted his sixth home run of the season over the left-field fence, tying the game at four.  The shot just curled over the corner, 308 feet away, wrapping around the foul pole on the way.

The Pelicans wasted no time reacting, however.  The tenth inning began with an infield single by Christian Villanueva.  Lynchburg reliever Caleb Brewer recovered by picking up a 3-6-3 double play groundout from Brett Nicholas.

But with two outs the Birds rallied.  Vinny DiFazio, who had already homered earlier in the game, walked ahead of a Jake Skole single.  Leftfielder Kyle Rose bobbled the ball on the play and DiFazio reached third.  He scored three pitches later on a single to the right alley from Edwin Garcia.  The Pelicans won 5-4.

Kyle Hendricks went six and a third innings in a no-decision start for Myrtle Beach.  He allowed a one-out single by Nick Ahmed in the first inning and did not allow another hit until the seventh, when Lynchburg plated two runs off the righty.  He struck out seven and walked an uncharacteristic three.

The win for the Pelicans was credited to Francisco Mendoza, who pitched the top of the 10th.  The loss was charged to Brewer, his first.

Myrtle Beach looks to win the series with a victory Wednesday night.

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