Pelicans’ win streak ends; playoff tickets go on sale

Mike Rucker struck out nine batters over six innings on Wednesday night, but the Myrtle Beach Pelicans fell 4-1 to the Winston-Salem Dash at BB&T Ballpark.

With the score tied at one in the third inning, Winston-Salem (49-74, 25-28) took their first lead of the game against Myrtle Beach (64-59,21-32). Jameson Fisher led off the frame with a double off the center field wall. Matt Rose then joined Fisher on-base with an infield single. With one out in the frame, a double steal and Pelicans error on the play allowed Fisher to score and Rose to advance to third. Louis Silverio made the tally 3-1 with an RBI single to left field, plating Rose.

With two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, Yeyson Yrizarri singled to center field before scoring on an RBI double from Seby Zavala to make the score 4-1.

Rucker (4-4) yielded just three runs, two earned, on five hits in his six frames. The right-hander’s nine strikeouts came within one of a career-high, and he walked just one.

On the other side, Winston-Salem starter Alec Hansen (3-5) matched a career-high with seven innings, and the right-hander punched out 11 batters en route to his third win of the season with the Dash.

Myrtle Beach’s lone run of the contest came in the first inning. P.J. Higgins drew a one-out walk before stealing second base. Tyler Alamo , who had two hits, knocked home Higgins with a base hit a batter later, which gave the Birds an early 1-0 advantage.

With one out in the bottom of the first, Bryant Flete swatted a ground-rule double to left field. He scored with two outs in the frame on an RBI single from Fisher to tie the game at one.

Myrtle Beach and Winston-Salem will play the finale of their five-game set on Thursday at 7 p.m. from BB&T Ballpark.

Playoff tickets on sale

* The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are looking to become the first Carolina League team to win three Mills Cup Championships in a row, and single-game playoff tickets for what could be a memorable run go on sale at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 17. Tickets will be available on both www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com and at the club’s Box Office at (843) 918-6000.

Myrtle Beach will be on the road on September 6 and 7 at the second half division winner for Games 1 and 2 of the best-of-five Southern Division Championship Series. Game 3 will be played at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark on September 8. If necessary, the Pelicans would also host Game 4 and 5 on September 9 and 10, respectively. All Pelicans postseason home games, presented by Tidelands Health and Mellow Mushroom, will begin at 6:05 p.m., with gates opening at 5 p.m. at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

Should the Birds advance to their fourth straight Mills Cup Championship Series, the first two contests would be played at the Northern Division champion. Myrtle Beach would host Game 3 on September 14. If necessary, Games 4 and 5 would be played TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark on September 15 and 16, respectively.

Fans have the opportunity to catch all six potential playoff games in Myrtle Beach with the Pelicans’ 2017 playoff package. For just $25, fans receive a ticket to all postseason home games and a picnic buffet on Friday, September 8 during Game 3 of the Southern Division Championship Series. The buffet includes hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, cole slaw, baked beans and cookies. To purchase the 2017 playoff package, call (843) 918-6000 or visit the Pelicans’ Box Office. Playoff package tickets can be picked up at the Pelicans’ Box Office beginning on Tuesday, August 22.

A full list of the Pelicans’ playoff schedule is as follows:

Southern Division Championship Series (Best-of-Five)

Game 1: Wednesday, September 6 at second half Southern Division champions

Game 2: Thursday, September 7 at second half Southern Division champions

Game 3: Friday, September 8 at Myrtle Beach (6:05 p.m. first pitch)

Game 4 (if necessary): Saturday, September 9 at Myrtle Beach (6:05 p.m. first pitch)

Game 5 (if necessary): Sunday, September 10 at Myrtle Beach (6:05 p.m. first pitch)

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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