Frederick Keys rout Myrtle Beach Pelicans and win season series



MYRTLE BEACH, SC JULY 23, 2014 – The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, lost 10-2 to the Frederick Keys on Wednesday night at Field at Pelicans Ballpark. Jason Esposito led Frederick with two home runs and four RBI. With the win, the Keys won the season series with the Pelicans with one game to play.

Cody Buckel - Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Cody Buckel
Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Frederick (16-16, 48-51) started the scoring in the first inning. After Pelicans starter Chad James struck out Johnny Ruettiger, Adrian Marin singled and Trey Mancini was hit by a pitch. Two batters later, Esposito hit a three-run home run to left field to give the Keys a 3-0 lead.


Frederick increased its lead to 4-0 in the second. After Lucas Herbst struck out, Jerome Pena singled, and advanced to third on Ruettiger’s single. With Marin batting, Pena scored on a wild pitch by James.


The Birds (17-17, 61-41) got on the board in the bottom half of the second. With one out, Preston Beck doubled and advanced to third on Lewis Brinson’s fielder’s choice. Beck scored on a wild pitch by Keys starter Brady Wager, cutting the Keys’ lead to 4-1.


In the top of the fifth, the Keys scored two more runs. Esposito hit his second home run, a solo shot, and another run scored on an RBI fielder’s choice by Lucas Herbst.


Frederick scored four runs in the top of the sixth to put the game away. All four runs were scored off of Pelicans reliever Kevin Pucetas. The Keys picked up three walks, two hit batters, and a single in the inning. Justin Sprenger got out of the frame with a double play.


The Pelicans scored an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth for their second and final run of the game. With one out, Chris Garia hit an infield single and advanced to second on an error. Garia got to third base when Nick Williams was hit by a pitch and scored on an RBI fielder’s choice by Jorge Alfaro.


Wager (5-7) picked up the win and James (1-1) took the loss.


The Pelicans look to salvage the series with the Keys on Thursday night at Field at Pelicans Ballpark, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. Luis Parra (7-6, 5.35) starts for the Pelicans. Parker Bridwell (5-7, 4.08) takes the mound for the Keys. 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.


Thursday night is Prostate Cancer Awareness Night. The first 1,000 men 18 and older will receive a prostate exam reminder foam finger giveaway. It is also Thirsty Thursday, presented by Celebrations Nitelife, 96.1 WKZQ, The Weekly Surge and WBTW News 13, featuring $1.00 Bud and Bud Light draughts. After the game, there will be postgame fireworks, courtesy of East Coast Pyrotechnics.


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.

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