Pelicans rack up more hits but fall shy on scoreboard

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans outhit the Frederick Keys on Monday, but the scoreboard told a different story.

Myrtle Beach’s Vimael Machin notched three hits and two RBIs and P.J. Higgins homered Monday, but it wasn’t enough in the Pelicans’ 13-8 loss to the Keys at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium.

With the Pelicans (56-51, 13-24) ahead 5-4, Myrtle Beach starter Kyle Miller (2-3) walked Chris Clare to begin the fourth. Ricardo Andujar singled, and two batters later, reliever Jordan Minch walked Ryan Flaherty to load the bases. Ademar Rifaela then crushed a grand slam down the right field line to give Frederick (49-56, 18-18) an 8-5 lead.

The Birds were able to strike back quickly in the fifth. Zack Short, who had three hits, singled and Higgins was hit by a pitch to start the frame. After a strikeout and flyout, Machin lined an RBI single to draw the Pelicans to within 8-6.

Frederick was soon able to put things out of reach. Alex Murphy and Clare launched back-to-back homers to jumpstart the bottom of the fifth. Andujar doubled, and two batters later, Flaherty was hit by a pitch. After Rifaela struck out, Yermin Mercedes blasted a three-run home run to widen the gap to 13-6.

Higgins hit his homer to start the seventh. With one out, Jesse Hodges, Machin and Martinez registered three consecutive hits, with the last one bringing in a run, to make it 13-8. Myrtle Beach, though, could get no closer in their eighth loss in nine games.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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