Newcomer James pitches Pelicans to blowout win

pel-alfredoThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans tagged the Winston-Salem Dash bullpen for eight runs, including six unearned tallies, on the way to a 10-1 series clinching win at BB&T Ballpark on Friday night. Chad James earned the win in his Rangers organizational debut, and Christopher Bostick knocked an inside the park home run in the win.

Both hurlers tossed scoreless first innings, but the Pelicans (16-13, 60-37) got to Tyler Danish in the second. Royce Bolinger and Kevin Torres both singled to score a run, and an error in right by Jason Coats led to the first run, which was unearned.

Signed on Thursday by the Rangers, left-hander Chad James scattered three hits a walk over four scoreless frames to begin his night.

With a 1-0 lead, Bostick tacked a run singlehandedly. He hit a deep fly ball to left-center field. The ball bounced off of the top of the wall, got by centerfielder Jacob May, and allowed Bostick to sprint all the way around the bases. The home run was his eighth of the year and first of the second half.

Winston-Salem (14-15, 44-54) finally got on the board in the bottom half of the fifth. With two outs, Cleuluis Rondon walked. May then singled and reached second on a fielding error by Lewis Brinson. The error also allowed Rondon to score. James then hit Keenyn Walker. Both stole a base to get into scoring position, but James got Courtney Hawkins to pop out to end the inning. The lone run was unearned, and the Pelicans still led 2-1.

Danish completed a scoreless sixth, finishing his night with a quality start. The 2013 second round selection allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits and no walks. He struck out six.

The bullpen for the Dash did not fair near as well. With two outs, in the seventh, left-handed reliever Jefferson Olacio picked off Bostick at first, but Bostick broke for second and was safe on a throwing error by Keon Barnum. That error led to six unearned runs in the inning. The Pelicans brought nine men to the plate, getting a bases loaded triple from Jorge Alfaro to blow open the lead at 7-1.  Alfaro came home on a wild pitch, and the Pelicans led 8-1 after seven frames. They tacked another two runs in the eighth and went on to win 10-1.

The Myrtle Beach bullpen tossed four perfect innings. Josh McElwee fired two scoreless frames with three strikeouts, Cody Ege fanned two in the perfect eighth inning, and Jose Leclerc pitched a 1-2-3 ninth with one strikeout.

James finished with five innings of one-run ball en route to the win. The one run allowed was unearned; he surrendered four hits and a two walks and struck out two. Danish (2-2) took the loss.

The Pelicans head back home for a six-game homestand, beginning with a three-game set with the Carolina Mudcats. First pitch from TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on Saturday night.

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