Pelicans score another big come-from-behind victory

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans came from behind with five unanswered runs Saturday, topping the Winston-Salem Dash 5-3 at Pelicans Ballpark.

Down 3-0 after the first inning, the Pelicans chipped away with two in the second, one in the sixth and two more in the seventh.  It’s Myrtle Beach’s fourth straight come-from-behind victory.

Tied at three in the seventh inning the Pelicans finally knocked Winston-Salem starter Steve McCray from the mound when the first two batters reached.  Santiago Chirino reached when he was hit by a pitch.  Teodoro Martinez took first base on a sacrifice bunt that turned into a base hit.  Reliever Matt Wickswat came in and allowed a sac bunt and then intentionally walked Tomas Telis to load the bags.  Two batters later Christian Villanueva delivered two runs with a single.

The performance continues and amazing hot streak for Villanueva.  The third baseman is 16-28 over the last seven games with 12 RBI and two homeruns.  He also drove in the game’s tying run in the sixth.

On the mound, Ben Henry went an inning plus before being lifted for an apparent injury.  He was replaced by Roman Mendez, who struck out nine in six scoreless frames.  Mendez earned the win, his fourth.  Ben Rowen captured his 13th save, pitching the final five outs.

The Birds look to take the series win with a victory Sunday at 6:05.  Kyle DeVore takes the hill with postgame fireworks, presented by HTC, following the game.  For ticket call 843-918-6000 or head to MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

Photo by Joel Beachum

 

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