Pelicans work more magic, down Dash’s comeback bid

pel-botedDavid Bote charged from third on a slow roller, barehanded the pickup and fired a sidearm throw to catcher Erick Castillo to cut down the potential tying run at the plate in the ninth inning, helping the Myrtle Beach Pelicans hold on for a 6-5 win over the Winston-Salem Dash on Wednesday at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

Bote’s extraordinary play came with runners on the corners and one out for the Dash (52-71, 24-29), who had already scored twice in the ninth. Tommy Nance then got Nick Basto to ground into a fielder’s choice to end the game and earn his second save of the season.

With Myrtle Beach (70-53, 34-19) leading 6-3 entering the inning, Ryan McNeil hit the leadoff batter before walking the next two to load the bases with no outs. Landon Lassiter then delivered a sacrifice fly to make it 6-4. With runners at the corners, Gerson Montilla lined a single to center, cutting the deficit to 6-5. That pushed the potential tying run to third before Bote’s defensive play.

The Pelicans got the scoring going early against Dash starter Jordan Stephens (6-9). In a scoreless game in the top of the first, Charcer Burks doubled off the third base bag before Bote singled him home two batters later. After a Yasiel Balaguert single pushed Bote to third, Stephens uncorked a wild pitch to allow Bote to score and make it 2-0. Stephens then walked two Pelicans to load the bases. Jeffrey Baez followed with a sacrifice fly to center to cap the Myrtle Beach lead at 3-0 after one.

After Stephens and Pelicans starter Preston Morrison (3-0) traded zeroes for three innings, Burks led off the bottom of the fifth with another double. After Andrew Ely reached on a bunt single to move Burks to third, Bote drove him in with a ground ball to make it 4-0 Pelicans.

After Morrison had only allowed two baserunners through the first five innings, he walked the first two batters in the top of the sixth. He then allowed an RBI single to Lassiter, which made the score 4-1. Montilla followed with a two-run single to center, trimming the Birds’ margin to 4-3. Craig Brooks came in at that point to get Myrtle Beach out of the jam before tossing a scoreless seventh.

With the score the same in the bottom of the seventh, Ely singled to being the inning before Dash reliever Jacob Morris walked Bote. Balaguert then singled to right to score Ely and make it 5-3. After Morris hit a batter to load the bases, he retired the next two batters. Daniel Spingola was then able to draw a four-pitch walk to force in a run and extend the Myrtle Beach lead to 6-3.

The Pelicans will bid for the four-game sweep in Thursday’s 7:05 p.m. contest.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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