Pelicans return home after suffering loss to Blue Rocks

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans fell short in their attempt to sweep the Wilmington Blue Rocks Monday, dropping a 6-2 decision at Frawley Stadium.

Things got off on the right foot for the Pelicans with a leadoff double from Odubel Herrera to begin the game.  The speedster scored two batters later on a sac fly from Brett Nicholas.  The double, though, would be the Pelicans’ last hit until Hanser Alberto singled up the middle in the ninth.  Wilmington starter Matt Ridings at one point retired 17 consecutive batters.

Myrtle Beach did break through for a run in the sixth off Ridings without the benefit of a hit.  Herrera walked and took second on a balk.  Alberto then reached on a two base error by leftfielder Geulin Beltre, scoring Herrera to tie the game at two.

Wilmington settled the score in the in the seventh and eighth innings, finally breaking that two-two deadlock that lasted two frames.  In the seventh, a one-out walk to Whit Merrifield turned into a run when the infielder scored on a single from Cheslor Cuthbert for a 3-2 lead.  A Merrifield homer off Joe Van Meter in the eighth made it 6-2 after another run had already scored on a passed ball.

On the mound, Randol Rojas took a no-decision for the Pelicans, allowing two runs in six innings.  He struck out a season high eight batters, including K’ing the side in the second and sixth.

Myrtle Beach now has an off day Tuesday, followed by a four game series at home with Winston-Salem beginning Wednesday at 7:05.

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