Pelicans run out of rally magic in loss to Hillcats

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans (73-52, 25-28) dropped their second straight game Sunday, falling 3-2 against the Lynchburg Hillcats at TicketReturn.com Field. The Pelicans staged a late comeback bid and stranded the potential winning runs on base in the ninth inning.

Trailing 3-1 entering the ninth, the Birds got a run to narrow the gap. Preston Beck and Jake Skole each drew walks before Drew Robinson knocked in Beck with an RBI single when the Pelicans were down to their final strike. Robinson was 3-for-3 and reached base all five times he came to the plate.

The Hillcats scored twice in the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie. Robert Fish (1-2) took the win out of the bullpen, firing 1.1 scoreless innings. Taylor Dennis (1-3) allowed both runs in the seventh inning and surrendered five hits over four innings of work. At one point during the seventh, four straight Hillcats recorded hits.

The Pelicans had a big scoring opportunity in the sixth inning when they loaded the bases with nobody down in the inning. Wilson Rivera got Edwin Garcia to pop out to first and Fish came in and got Beck to hit into an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play. The Pelicans were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine men on base in the game.

Trever Adams put the Pelicans on the board in the third inning with an RBI single.

First-rounder Chi Chi Gonzalez started for the Pelicans and worked four innings, allowing one earned run on one hit. The right-hander walked two and struck out three.

The Pelicans and Hillcats will play the third game of the four-game series Monday at TicketReturn.com Field. Left-hander Luis Parra will be opposed by right-hander Greg Ross. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

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