TRUINFEL DISPLAYS POWER WITH A TWO HOMER NIGHT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC June 11, 2014 – The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, defeated the Lynchburg Hillcats, 6-3 on Wednesday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. Jorge Alfaro doubled in two runs and Alberto Triunfel launched two homers to lead the come from behind win.
The Hillcats (33-33) started the contest with two runs and opened up an early lead. Victor Payano faced Kevin Ahrens with Jose Peraza and Kyle Wren on the corners. Payano committed a throwing error on a pickoff attempt at first base. Peraza scored on the play, and Wren moved up to second base. The southpaw induced a ground ball off the bat of Kevin Ahrens, but Ahrens beat the relay throw at first, and Wren scored.
The Pelicans (43-21) answered right back in the next half inning. Chris Garia singled and stole a base off of the right-hander Wes Parsons. Garia scored on an Alfaro sacrifice fly, trimming the lead to 2-1.
Lynchburg tacked on another run in the third inning. With a runner on second base, Daniel Castro singled in Daniel Carroll. The Hillcats led 3-1.
Stolen bases were a theme for the Hillcats tonight. Five different Lynchburg players swiped bases off of Pelicans pitchers.
The Pelicans responded in the bottom of the fifth inning with a solo shot from Triunfel to left field. The home run was Triunfel’s first since July 5, 2013. The long ball made it a one run game at 3-2.
Myrtle Beach had Kevin Torres at the plate in the seventh inning with Chris Grayson on third base. Torres singled to left field, scoring Grayson to tie the game at three apiece. The sigle knocked Parsons from the ballgame.
Later in the inning, new reliever Alex Wilson was in a jam with the bases loaded as Alfaro came to the plate. Alfaro lined a double down the third base line. Garia and Bostick scored, putting the Pelicans ahead with a 5-3 lead.
Alfaro collected two hits in three at bats with three RBI celebrating his 21st birthday.
Triunfel provided an insurance run for the Birds in the eighth, hitting his second home run of the night off the left field foul pole. It was his first multi-homer game.
With the win, the Pelicans avoid back-to-back series loses. They have not lost consecutive series all year.
Monegro (2-0) earned the win, allowing two hits. Parsons (4-2) took the loss in the rubber match of the three game series. De Los Santos (5) earned the two-inning save.
The Birds hit the road to play in a four-game series against the Frederick Keys beginning on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. Myrtle Beach sends Luis Parra (5-4, 4.33 ERA) to the hill. The Keys send Mark Blackmar (4-1, 3.91) to the rubber. The game can be heard live on WRNN AM 1450 ESPN Myrtle Beach, on the TuneIn Radio App, and via the MiLB First Pitch App, beginning with the Hampton Inn Pregame Show at 6:45 p.m.
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About the Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their home games at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The park was named the best in the Carolina League by Baseball America in 2009 and the overall experience ranked third in all of Minor League Baseball by Stadium Journey in 2013. The Pelicans earned co-Mills Cup championship honors in their inaugural 1999 season, won the outright title in 2000, and has garnered seven half-season Southern Division titles, most recently in the first half of 2013. For more information on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please contact Nathan Barnett by calling (843) 918-6080 or emailing NBarnett@MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.