Five-run ninth propels Myrtle Beach Pelicans past Frederick Keys 8-6



MYRTLE BEACH, SC JUNE 12, 2014 – The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, plated five runs in the ninth inning in a come-from-behind win 8-6 in Frederick in the series opener at Harry Grove Stadium on Thursday night. Catcher David Lyon doubled twice and knocked in a career-high five runs helping the Pelicans to their 44th win of the year. The club can tie a franchise record for wins in a half win a win on Friday.

Pelicans catcher David Lyon doubled twice and knocked in a career-high five RBI, including the tying and go-ahead RBI in the ninth. (Robert Gurganus / Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

Pelicans catcher David Lyon doubled twice and knocked in a career-high five RBI, including the tying and go-ahead RBI in the ninth. (Robert Gurganus / Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

Myrtle Beach (44-21) took an early lead. After Keys starter Mark Blackmar got the first two men out, Preston Beck drew a walk, and Blackmar plunked Jorge Alfaro. Lyon followed with a two-run double down the right field line to put the Birds ahead 2-0.

Luis Parra faced one over the minimum in two scoreless innings to start his night. He surrendered back-to-back singles from the eight and nine batters in Frederick’s lineup to begin the third. After a sacrifice bunt and a strikeout, Creede Simpson hit a ground ball to the left side of the infield. Mendez fielded it but his throw was low to Kevin Torres at first and two runs scored, both unearned, to tie things up at 2-2.

The Keys (29-35) pulled ahead with consecutive extra-base hits with two outs in the fifth. Myrtle Beach came right back to tie it in the sixth, however.

Beck drew his second walk of the night to open the frame and Alfaro followed with a single to knock Blackmar out of the ballgame. With Miguel Chalas in and one out, the run came around on a fielder’s choice off of the bat of Christopher Bostick on a potentially double-play ball to short.

Zane Chavez opened the home half of the sixth with a towering home run to right field to put Frederick back ahead 4-3. The Keys scored two in the inning, getting an RBI single from Lucas Herbst off of reliever Jose Leclerc.

The run was charged to Parra who gave up five runs, three earned, in 5 1/3 innings on eight hits and two walks. He struck out two and left on the hook for the loss.

Frederick added one more run off of Cody Buckel in the eighth inning on two singles, an error, and a walk.

The Pelicans trailed 6-3 in the ninth. With two on and two outs, Hanser Alberto was down to his final strike when he singled to right field to score a run and keep the Pelicans alive. It also extended Alberto’s hitting streak to 11 games, the longest of the season for the shortstop.

Beck then bounced a ball deep in the hole on the right side of the infield. Frederick second baseman Joel Hutter bobbled the ball, allowing Beck to reach and another run to score. The play could have ended the game, but instead it allowed Alfaro to the plate. He lined a ball off of the base umpire, which put Alfaro at first by rule on the dead ball, umpire’s interference.

The bases were loaded with two outs for Lyon. He fell behind in the count 1-2 before fouling off two two-strike pitches and working the count full. With the runners on the move, Lyon smacked a double to deep left field, clearing the bases, and putting the Birds ahead 8-6.

Will Lamb closed the door on the Keys in the bottom of the ninth inning, fanning two for the save, his second. The rally made a winner out of Buckel (2-4), while Givens (1-2) took the loss.

With a win on Friday, the Pelicans will tie a franchise record for the most wins in a half at 45. It would also guarantee a winning record against all seven Carolina League opponents in the first half; Myrtle Beach is now 8-6 against Frederick on the year with three games left in the half.

The Pelicans continue the series on Friday at 7:00 p.m. at Harry Grove Stadium. Sam Wolff (6-3, 2.78) makes his final start of the half against Branden Kline (3-2, 2.92). Both are coming off of scoreless starts. 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 6:40 p.m.

The next Pelicans home game is Thursday, June 19 when the Wilmington Blue Rocks come to town for the first of the three games. The quick three-game homestand features an appearance by Mountain Man, from A&E’s Duck Dynasty, on Saturday June 21, presented by WMBF News.

Season Seats, Mini Plans, Flex Books, and single game tickets are available to see the Pelicans in 2014. For more information on tickets, please call (843) 918-6002, e-mail, visit, or visit the Pelicans box office, which is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Myrtle Beach Pelicans vs Frederick Keys Notes – June 13, 2014 (PDF)


About the Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their home games at 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