Pelicans ride long ball to fifth consecutive victory

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans blasted a season-best three home runs on Sunday to crush the Down East Wood Ducks 9-2 from Grainger Stadium.

With the Pelicans (44-49, 11-13) tailing the Woodies (44-51, 9-16) 1-0 in the fifth inning on a third-inning solo homer by LeDarious Clark, Myrtle Beach’s Wladimir Galindo hit his fifth home run of the season, a solo shot, to tie the game.

After the Wood Ducks took the lead right back in the bottom of the fifth with a bases-loaded walk, Jared Young gave the Birds the lead with a two-run homer in the top of the sixth off Down East starter Yohander Mendez (1-2). It was Walker’s first dinger at the High-A level.

In the seventh inning, the Pelicans blew the game wide open. Aramis Ademan ripped an RBI single to give the Pelicans a 4-2 lead before Jhonny Pereda cranked a three-run home run to make it 7-2 Myrtle Beach.

The Birds added on in the eighth with an RBI single from Andruw Monasterio and a bases-loaded free pass by Ademan.

Tyson Miller (8-6) earned the win, tying a career-high with eight strikeouts over his five innings while just ceding two runs on three hits.

The Pelicans vie for the sweep with Monday’s 7 p.m. first pitch.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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