Cordell’s grand slam trims Pelicans’ magic number to 1

pel-cordellThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, won in comeback fashion 5-2 over the Lynchburg Hillcats on Saturday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

Ryan Cordell hit his first career grand slam off of Hillcats closer Alex Wilson in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Pelicans the lead. With the win, the Pelicans’ magic number to clinch the second half title is now one.

Down 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Pelicans (37-31, 81-55) handed Wilson his first blown save of the season and moved ahead for good. Nick Vickerson led off with a walk against Brady Feigl, who had pitched a scoreless seventh. Michael De Leon then advanced him to second with a sacrifice bunt. After Chris Grayson struck out swinging, Wilson entered the game. Wilson walked Christopher Bostick on four pitches, and Preston Beck hit an infield single to first to load the bases. On a 2-2 pitch, Cordell drilled a grand slam into the Budweiser Thirst Inning Deck to give the Pelicans a 5-2 lead.

Jose Leclerc entered the game in the ninth inning and pitched a perfect inning to pick up his 14th save of the season. Kendall (1-1) earned the win in relief, and Wilson (4-3) took the loss.

The Pelicans play the second game of the three-game series with a chance to clinch the second half title on Sunday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark, with first pitch set for 6:05 p.m.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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