PELICANS HAND RIGHT-HANDER CAREER WORST OUTING
WOODBRIDGE, VA July 28, 2014 – The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, scored 11 runs on 16 hits in an 11-2 lopsided win over the Potomac Nationals on Monday night at Pfitzner Stadium. Three different Pelicans had three hits, including Royce Bolinger, who his sixth home run and second of the road trip. The bullpen tossed four scoreless innings in relief of Chad James, who earned the win. With the win and the rest of the league idle, the Pelicans are now tied for first place in the second-half Southern Division standings.
The Pelicans (20-19, 64-43) strung together seven straight two-out baserunners to plate six runs in the second inning off of Dakota Bacus. With one on and two outs, Nick Vickerson drew his first of four walks on the night, tied for the most by a Pelican in a single game this season. Then Kevin Torres singled home the first run of the game; his hit was the first of six consecutive base hits. Chris Garia tripled in two runs, Jorge Alfaro doubled in another, and then three straight singles brought around two more runs.
Bacus allowed another two runs in the third and another pair in the fourth before he was lifted with one out in the inning and two men on base. Brian Rauh escaped the jam for Bacus, stranding both inherited baserunners.
In total, the Birds tagged Bacus for a career-high ten runs, all earned, and a career-most 14 hits to go along with two walks. He struck out just one.
Potomac (20-16, 58-47) scored in only one inning. Pelicans starter Chad James walked the bases loaded with one out in the second, and with two outs, Issac Ballou singled in a pair of runs. At the time, it made the score 8-2, but the Nationals never got any closer.
With a 10-2 lead, Myrtle Beach tacked on one more in the eighth inning. Royce Bolinger spoiled what otherwise was a scoreless outing for Rauh out of the bullpen. The right fielder blasted a solo home run to deep left center field to put the club ahead by 11-2, which held up as the final score.
The Pelicans bullpen tossed four scoreless innings in relief of James, who went the first five, allowed two runs, both earned, on three hits and six walks. He struck out two. Josh McElwee struck out three over two scoreless frames, and Cody Ege and Abel De Los Santos both allowed a hit and struck a batter out.
The Birds went a staggering 7-for-11 with runners in scoring position, while the P-Nats went just 1-for-9 in the same spots.
The clubs continue the series on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. at Pfitzner Stadium. Taking the ball for the Pelicans is Luis Parra (7-6, 5.27 ERA). The Nationals sent Matthew Spann (7-4, 4.42 ERA) to the hill. 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.
The next home game for the Pelicans is on Friday, August 1, the first of three games with the Salem Red Sox. August 1 is Shark Week Night, presented by 96.1 WKZQ and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com, 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 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.