Pelicans snap seven-game losing skid over Blue Rocks

Behind three home runs in a five-run third inning, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans snapped a season-worst seven-game skid on Friday night in a 6-5 victory over the Wilmington Blue Rocks in front of 5,664 fans from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the third inning, the Pelicans’ (51-65, 17-29) offense exploded against Blue Rocks (59-57, 28-18) starter Nolan Watson (6-2). Zach Davis smashed his first homer in a Pelicans uniform, a solo home run the opposite way down the left field line, to make it 2-1. After Aramis Ademan and Jhonny Pereda drew two-out walks, Jared Young crushed an opposite field home runof his own, his fifth of the year, to give the Birds a 4-2 lead. Andruw Monasterio then capped a five-run frame by going back-to-back with Young for his third home run of the season.

Meibrys Viloria, who ripped a two-run home run in the second to give the Blue Rocks the lead, closed the gap to 5-4 with a two-run double.

The Birds answered back immediately with a sacrifice fly from Tyler Alamo to score Roberto Caro after he stole both second and third following a single.

In the top of the ninth inning, Brewer Hicklen brought the Blue Rocks within one, 6-5, with a solo homer. Tyler Peyton wiggled out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam to earn his eighth save on the year.

Cory Abbott (3-5) earned the win for the Pelicans, throwing five innings while allowing two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and a walk.

The Pelicans continue their three-game series with Wilmington on Saturday with a 6:05 p.m. first pitch.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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