Pelicans rally late for victory in front of crowd of 6,600

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans snuck away with a late 3-2 win over the Carolina Mudcats Thursday, pleasing a capacity crowd of 6,600 at Pelicans Ballpark.  The total matches the largest crowd in park history.

Tied at two in the bottom of the eighth, the Pelicans got a one-out triple to right by shortstop Hanser Alberto.  He scored two pitches later on a sacrifice fly by Christian Villanueva.  It was Villa’s team best 38th RBI.  The lead became 3-2, the final score.

Carolina was the first on the scoreboard, scoring two runs in the first on a pair of singles from Tony Walters and Giovanny Urshella.  Two errors helped the Mudcats’ cause ahead of a sac fly from Jesus Aguilar.  It was 2-0.

The Pelicans responded to the early two run surge with two runs of their own in the second on two RBI singles by Odubel Herrera and Cafe Martinez.  The game remained locked at 2-2 until the eighth.

There was an oddity in the fourth inning, with the play having to halt after a Jake Skole foul ball.  The ball flew into the seats on the third base side and power was immediately sapped from the park.  The power outage caused a 15 minute delay in play.

Birds starter Randy Henry did go a career long seven innings in a no-decision, his fourth  career start.  Henry allowed one earned run while striking out six.  Mike Rayl took a no-decision for Carolina, allowing two runs in seven innings.  Zach Osborne picked up the win with Ben Rowen earning her fourth save.

The Pelicans and Mudcats resume their series Friday at 7:05 with Randol Rojas on the mound against UVa product Will Roberts.

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