Doubleheader sweep puts Pelicans on top of division

pel-skulinaBy scores of 4-1 and 4-2, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, swept their doubleheader against the Winston-Salem Dash at BB&T Ballpark on Wednesday. The two wins move the Birds into the top spot in the circuit for the first time in the second half, placing them a half-game ahead of the Dash in the second half Carolina League Southern Division standings.

Dash right-hander Yency Almonte turned the Pelicans away with three perfect innings to start game one, but the Birds broke open the scoring in the fourth. Chesny Young led off with a double to left, and he scored two batters later when Jason Vosler doubled to right. After a walk, Victor Caratini drove an RBI single up the middle to move Myrtle Beach in front, 2-0.

For the Pelicans (73-48, 32-20 second half), starter Jonathan Martinez also held the Dash hitless through the first three frames. Winston-Salem (61-60, 31-20 second half) collected its first base hit by way of a two-out single from third baseman Trey Michalczewski in the fourth. The Venezuelan right-hander struck out three and walked one in four complete innings of work on Wednesday and took no decision.

Martinez gave way to right-hander Tyler Skulina to start the fifth. In his first appearance since coming off the disabled list on Tuesday, Skulina was greeted by left fielder Nick Basto with a ringing double off the top of the left field wall. He recorded the next two outs, but right fielder Nolan Early shaved the Pelicans’ lead to 2-1 with an RBI single up the middle. Early stole second, but Skulina induced a fly out to preserve the lead.

Skulina (3-4) pitched a perfect sixth inning, and with insurance runs scoring on a solo homer from Kevin Brown and an RBI double by Daniel Lockhart in the visiting seventh, he retired the side in order in the bottom of the frame to cap the 4-1 win. In his first outing with the Pelicans since June 25, Skulina surrendered two hits across his three innings of work, striking out two and not walking a batter.

Almonte (2-2) lasted 6 2/3 innings, surrendering three runs, all earned, on four hits. Jefferson Olacio, who took over with two outs in the seventh, finished with 1/3 innings in the book and allowed an earned run on one hit while walking two and striking out a batter.

The second game of the twin bill began much the way the opener did, with both teams being held hitless through the first three frames. Yet the Birds scored a pair of unearned runs in the third by taking advantage of a pair of Dash defensive miscues. Trey Martin led off with a walk and Lockhart laid a sacrifice bunt up the third base line, but throwing errors by Michalczewski and first baseman T.J. Williams allowed both runners to circle the bases and give the Birds a 2-0 lead.

Dash starter Andre Wheeler retired the side after that, but he was pulled after working three innings in which he struck out three and walked a pair. Both of the runs he surrendered were unearned.

With an RBI double by Basto in the fourth and a sharp RBI two-bagger from Early in the sixth, the Dash tied the game at 2-2 off of Pelicans starter Jen-Ho Tseng. Tseng, who finished with 6 2/3 innings of work and set a new season-high with seven strikeouts, was charged with two runs, both earned, on six hits and a walk and was handed no decision.

Closer Jasvir Rakkar took over on the hill for the seventh and surrendered a two-out double to left, but he stranded the winning run there to force extra innings. In the eighth, the Dash loaded the bases on a single, a double, and an intentional walk, but Rakkar escaped the jam with a strikeout and a ground out.

The next half inning, the Birds loaded the bases on three walks and a sacrifice bunt against reliever Brad Goldberg. Right-hander Euclides Leyer replaced Goldberg and struck out Martin for the second out, but consecutive walks to Lockhart and Young forced in two runs to give the Pelicans a 4-2 lead.

That was enough insurance for sidewinding right-hander David Berg, who came on for the bottom of the ninth and recorded his third save of the year with a shutdown inning to seal the 4-2 win.

With two shutout innings, Rakkar (3-1) picked up the victory while Goldberg (1-3) was saddled with the loss.

The doubleheader sweep moves the Pelicans a half-game in front of Winston-Salem in the second half Southern Division standings with 18 games remaining in the regular season.

The Pelicans wrap up their series with Winston-Salem from BB&T Ballpark on Thursday.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

Comments

comments

Chants blow past Camels, sweep opening weekend

Chants blow past Camels, sweep opening weekendCoastal Carolina baseball's 11-2 win over the Campbell Fighting Camels [more]

Boys Hoops: Tigers win again; MB falls at Wilson

Boys Hoops: Tigers win again; MB falls at WilsonNot all that long ago, the Conway basketball team was [more]

Coastal men, women split against Appalachian State

Coastal men, women split against Appalachian StateCoastal Carolina ran into a hot-shooting Appalachian State team Saturday [more]

Girls Hoops: Socastee, CF eliminated; MB dominates

Girls Hoops: Socastee, CF eliminated; MB dominatesSocastee predicates everything it does on defense. But the Braves still [more]

Chants come out swinging in season debut over VCU

Chants come out swinging in season debut over VCUChants come out dNo. 21 Coastal Carolina baseball had a [more]

Boys Hoops: Tigers, Tonka win at buzzer; MB tops SA

Boys Hoops: Tigers, Tonka win at buzzer; MB tops SAWhen Conway football coach Carlton Terry talks about Tonka Hemingway [more]

CCU baseball carries high expectations into season

CCU baseball carries high expectations into seasonThe No. 21 Coastal Carolina baseball team will open up [more]

Girls Hoops: CF advances; Braves survive Shark scare

Girls Hoops: CF advances; Braves survive Shark scareCarolina Forest wasn’t supposed to be here, hosting another playoff [more]

Tigers, Lady Braves enter playoffs as lone top seeds

Tigers, Lady Braves enter playoffs as lone top seedsIt took an extra day to materialize. There was a large-scale [more]

Eastside halts NMB's run in Class 4A state final match

Eastside halts NMB's run in Class 4A state final matchNorth Myrtle Beach’s historic wrestling season ended with the Chiefs [more]

Chants' comeback bid falls short on road to Bobcats

Chants' comeback bid falls short on road to BobcatsZac Cuthbertson had 15 points and seven rebounds, but Coastal [more]

Coastal men, women see winning streaks snapped

Coastal men, women see winning streaks snappedThe Coastal Carolina women’s basketball team had its three-game winning [more]

Chiefs charge past Eagles, shoot for first state crown

Chiefs charge past Eagles, shoot for first state crownFor the first time in a dozen year, the North [more]

Signing Day: Solomon, 7 Seahawks select schools

Signing Day: Solomon, 7 Seahawks select schoolsSocastee High speedster Kenney Solomon capped a strong sprint to [more]

Chadwell adds eight to cap first recruiting class at CCU

Chadwell adds eight to cap first recruiting class at CCUCoastal Carolina football head coach Jamey Chadwell announced the addition [more]

Hoops: Tonka tows Tigers to share of region crown

Hoops: Tonka tows Tigers to share of region crownConway used a late-second basket to beat visiting West Florence [more]

NMB downs South Aiken, makes Lower State Finals

NMB downs South Aiken, makes Lower State FinalsWith the North Myrtle Beach wrestling team's season on the [more]

Coastal men, women extend win streaks against Cajuns

Coastal men, women extend win streaks against CajunsZac Cuthbertson led five Coastal Carolina players in double digits [more]

Wrestling: NMB advances; Socastee out in first round

Wrestling: NMB advances; Socastee out in first roundDespite coming back from an early deficit, Socastee's wrestling squad [more]

Hoops: Lady Braves, Chiefs win, help playoff positions

Hoops: Lady Braves, Chiefs win, help playoff positionsOn a night that the North Myrtle Beach High volleyball [more]

Coastal sweeps Warhawks; men capture fourth straight

Coastal sweeps Warhawks; men capture fourth straightSenior forward Zac Cuthbertson scored a game-high 29 points and [more]

CCU trio makes preseason All-Sun Belt Baseball Team

CCU trio makes preseason All-Sun Belt Baseball TeamCoastal Carolina baseball had a trio of players in senior [more]

Coastal predicted to retain Sun Belt East Division title

Coastal predicted to retain Sun Belt East Division titleCoastal Carolina baseball was a unanimous pick to win the [more]

Hoops: Sharks fall in 4OTs; Lady Panthers survive rally

Hoops: Sharks fall in 4OTs; Lady Panthers survive rallyThe Carolina Forest girls basketball team nearly let a big [more]

Coast FA 04 Girls capture Classic State Cup crown

Coast FA 04 Girls capture Classic State Cup crownThe Coast FA 04 Girls Red team coached by Mark [more]

Chants blow past Camels, sweep opening weekend

Chants blow past Camels, sweep opening weekendCoastal Carolina baseball's 11-2 win over the Campbell Fighting Camels [more]

Boys Hoops: Tigers win again; MB falls at Wilson

Boys Hoops: Tigers win again; MB falls at WilsonNot all that long ago, the Conway basketball team was [more]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© 2018 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach