Blue Rocks cool first-place Pelicans with twinbill sweep

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans (29-18), Class-A Advanced affiliates of the Texas Rangers, saw their 11-game home winning streak come to an end Saturday, losing both ends of a double-header with the Wilmington Blue Rocks (24-24). The Pelicans fell 8-3 in game one and dropped the second contest 3-1.

The Pelicans will look to avoid the series sweep Sunday and hold a 5.5 game lead in the southern division.

The Pelicans did not have a lead the entire night. Each team scored three runs in the first inning of game one. Kellin Deglan pulled the Birds to within a run with a two-out, RBI double and Chris Grayson tied the game with an RBI single through the middle.

The Blue Rocks struck for a run in the fifth and four runs in the sixth to seal the game-one victory. Kyle Smith (3-1) earned the game-one win, allowing three unearned runs on five hits over six innings. Paul Schwendel (0-1) was saddled with the loss, allowing three earned runs on four hits over 1.1 innings. Alec Asher started the opening game and lasted four innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits.

The Pelicans were held without a hit into the fourth inning of game two. Left-hander Sam Selman (3-3) earned the win, hurling five innings of one-run, two-hit baseball. In his deepest outing of the season, Joe Van Meter (0-2) took the loss, allowing two earned runs on four hits over 4.1 innings.

The Pelicans only run of game two came on a solo home run from Patrick Cantwell in the fifth inning. It was his first home run of the season and extended his hitting streak to a league-leading 11 games.

Royce Bolinger finished 1-for-3 with a double, his ninth of the season.

The Pelicans have lost their last four games with the Blue Rocks.

The Pelicans wrap up the home stand tomorrow with the final game of a three-game series against the Wilmington Blue Rocks at TicketReturn.com Field. Right-hander Nick Martinez (4-2, 2.82) will be opposed by Wilmington’s right-hander Aaron Brooks (2-3, 3.97). First pitch is slated for 6:05 p.m.

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