Pelicans strand 11 on base in one-run defeat to Rocks

Despite a three-hit, two-RBI night from Jared Young , the Myrtle Beach Pelicans were dropped 5-4 on Saturday night by the Wilmington Blue Rocks from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

The Pelicans (51-66, 17-30) struck first in the bottom of the first inning off of Blue Rocks (60-57, 29-12) starter Andres Sotillet (2-3). D.J. Wilson and Zach Davis collected back-to-back singles before Young plated Wilson with an RBI ground out. Andruw Monasterio then knocked home Davis with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.

The Blue Rocks answered back immediately with three runs in the top of the second inning. Angelo Castellano and Nate Esposito ripped back-to-back RBI singles to tie the game and Oliver Nunez gave Wilmington the lead when he bounced into an RBI fielder’s choice.

Already leading 3-2, the Blue Rocks tacked on in the top of the fifth on a D.J. Burt RBI ground out. However, the Pelicans came back to tie it in the bottom of the inning. With Davis at third, Jhonny Pereda fit a line drive just inside first base to draw the Birds within one. Young then laced an RBI single of his own to even the score at four.

In the top of the seventh, Manuel Rondon (0-3) entered for the Pelicans. Nunez singled to short with one out, stole second and advanced to third when the throw skipped into center before coming home with the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.

The Pelicans turned in 16 hits, but left 11 on and went 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

The Pelicans meet Wilmington on Sunday at 6:05 p.m.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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