Walk-off wild pitch sends Myrtle Beach Pelicans to victory



MYRTLE BEACH, SC August 3, 2014 – The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, won the series finale on a walk-off wild pitch 7-6 against the Salem Red Sox on Sunday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. The Birds avoided being swept for the second time this season with the win and evened the season series with the Sox.

Edwin Garcia - Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Edwin Garcia
Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Red Sox (19-23, 52-58) entered the ninth inning trailing 5-4, but retook the lead against Pelicans reliever Abel De Los Santos. Carlos Asuaje led off the frame with a single. After Jantzen Witte struck out swinging, and Mario Martinez hit his second two-run home run of the game with a drive off the scoreboard in left-center field to give the Red Sox the lead at 6-5.


The home run was the first De Los Santos had allowed all season, and the blow save was first since last July.


The Pelicans (23-21, 67-45) answered with two runs of their own against Red Sox reliever Madison Younginer to win the game. Edwin Garcia doubled to right field to lead off the inning, and Nick Vickerson walked to give the Birds runners at first and second with nobody out. In the next at-bat, Chris Garia laid down a bunt single to load the bases with nobody out. Christopher Bostick thenhit a ground ball to Martinez, who forced Garcia out at home. Trying to finish the double play, Jordan Weems threw off the mark to first base. On the error, Vickerson scored to tie the game at six apiece, and Garia advanced to third, while Bostick reached second. With Preston Beck batting, Younginer threw a wild pitch on a 2-2 offering, and Garia trotted home the winning run.


Salem scored four of the first five runs to go ahead 4-1, and Myrtle Beach starter Victor Payano surrendered all four runs. Pelicans relievers Cody Buckel and Josh McElwee combined to pitch five scoreless innings with nine strikeouts while allowing two hits tohold the Red Sox at four runs. Myrtle Beach scored two runs in the third, one in the fifth, and one in the eighth to take a 5-4 lead heading into the ninth.


Despite surrendering the lead in the top of the ninth, De Los Santos (4-0) earned the win. Younginer (2-3) took the loss.


The Pelicans play their next game on Tuesday night at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington, Delaware to begin a three-game series with the Wilmington Blue Rocks, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. Both teams have yet to announce a starter.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 Pelicans return home on August 12 and will begin a three-game set with the Carolina Mudcats.


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 info@myrtlebeachpelicans.com, 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.