Walk-off wild pitch sends Pelicans to painful defeat

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans (58-40, 18-11) suffered their second straight loss, falling 2-1 in walk-off fashion to the Lynchburg Hillcats at City Stadium.

The Pelicans have dropped the first two games of the three-game series but have still won seven of nine games overall. The start of the game was delayed 56 minutes because of wet weather.

With runners on the corners and two outs in the ninth inning, Kyle Kubitza scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch from third base. Francisco Mendoza threw the wild pitch and took the loss (2-2). John Cornely (2-1) earned the win for the Hillcats, tossing a scoreless top of the ninth inning.

The Pelicans carried a 1-0 lead into the eighth inning but the ‘Cats rallied to tie the game off Ryan Harvey. Elmer Reyes led off the eighth with a triple; Rougned Odor’s throw to third was overthrown and went out of play, allowing Reyes to score the tying run on an error.

The Pelicans took the early lead in the third inning on an RBI single from Edwin Garcia.

Right-hander Luke Jackson started for the Pelicans and hurled six shutout innings with eight strikeouts. The ‘Cats put the potential tying run at third base with one out in the sixth inning, but Jackson struck out Josh Elander and Trent Moses to end the threat.

Odor added a single in the eighth inning to extend his hitting streak to 16 games.

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