Pelicans win rubber match, return to open homestand

pel-3Bryant FleteĀ  finished a triple shy of the cycle to lead an offensive barrage in Thursday’s rubber match, helping the Myrtle Beach Pelicans beat the Winston-Salem Dash 9-7 at BB&T Ballpark.

Down 5-4 in the sixth, Flete and Trent Giambrone began the frame with back-to-back singles for Myrtle Beach (19-15). Two batters later, Jesse Hodges delivered a two-run double to left off Winston-Salem (12-22) starter Tanner Banks (4-1) to give the Birds the 7-6 advantage.

Myrtle Beach extended their lead in the top of the seventh inning. Daniel Spingola drew a one-out walk to set up Flete, who launched a two-run home run over the right field wall to extend the Birds lead to 9-6. Flete’s four RBIs tied a career-high from his April 30th explosion at Lynchburg.

The final run of the game would be added in the bottom of the eighth inning, as the Dash launched their first homer of the series. With nobody on in the inning, Zack Collins blasted a solo home run to right field to bring the Dash within 9-7.

Craig Brooks came on in the bottom of the ninth inning to try and lock down the finale of the three-game set. The Dash loaded the bases, but Brooks struck out Luis Alexander Basabe swinging to complete his third save of the year.

Led by Flete’s three hits, Giambrone, Alamo and Spingola also notched multi-hit games. The Pelicans’ 14 knocks were their second-most of the season.

Myrtle Beach will kickoff a seven-game homestand with Friday’s 7:05 p.m. contest against the Lynchburg Hillcats.

– Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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