PARRA EARNS TEAM-LEADING TENTH WIN
MYRTLE BEACH, SC August 21, 2014 – The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, salvaged the three-game series with a 3-2 over the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Thursday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. Pelicans starter Luis Parra won his tenth game of the season, matching current Frisco RoughRiders pitcher Andrew Faulkner for the team lead in wins and second-most in the Carolina League.
The Pelicans (31-28, 75-52) took the lead in the bottom of the first inning. Lewis Brinson led off with a single to center. With one out, Preston Beck drove a 2-2 pitch from Blue Rocks starter Miguel Almonte into the Pelicans bullpen in right field for a two-run home run. After Royce Bolinger struck out, Christopher Bostick singled. Chris Grayson scored Bostick with an RBI double to right field to give the Pelicans a 3-0 lead after the first.
The Rocks (28-28, 61-63) cut their deficit to 3-1 in the top of the second on a leadoff solo home run by Frank Schwindel. After the home run, Parra retired the next three batters.
Parra pitched five innings for Myrtle Beach, allowing one run on three hits, while walking three and striking out five.
Wilmington scored an unearned run in the sixth to cut the Myrtle Beach lead to 3-2. Sam Stafford entered the game in relief of Parra. After Bubba Starling grounded out, Stafford walked Zane Evans and Schwindel to give Wilmington runners on first and second with one out. In the next at-bat, Jared Schlehuber hit a ground ball fielded by Stafford, but Pelicans third baseman Nick Vickerson dropped Stafford’s throw. The Rocks had the bases loaded with one out as a result of the error. Stafford then walked Cody Stubbs, which scored Evans.
After Stafford walked Stubbs, Justin Sprenger entered the game. The Pelicans escaped the bases-loaded, one-out jam when Daniel Rockett grounded the first pitch he saw from Sprenger to Bostick, who started an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play.
Sprenger held the Rocks scoreless in his 2 2/3 innings of work. Blue Rocks relievers John Walter and Yender Caramo pitched five scoreless innings.
Jose Leclerc entered the game in the ninth inning. He worked around a two-base error by center fielder Lewis Brinson to pick up the save, his thirteenth.
The win snapped the Pelicans’ season-long five-game losing streak.
Parra (10-6) earned the win. Almonte (6-7) allowed all three runs in three innings and took the loss.
After the game, the Pelicans accepted General Manager and Vice President Andy Milovich’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. All buckets were autographed by individual players and coaches, and the fan with the highest bid for each bucket had the honor of dumping the bucket of ice water on that person. The fans also got to keep the autographed bucket. The auction raised over $500 for the ALS Association.
The Pelicans travel to Lynchburg, Virginia to begin a four-game series with the Lynchburg Hillcats on Friday night at Calvin Falwell Field, with first pitch set for 6:05 p.m. Ryan Bores (0-4, 4.33) takes the hill for the Pelicans against Hillcats starter Blair Walters (4-1, 3.09).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 5:45 p.m.
The Birds return home for their final homestand beginning on Tuesday night, when they will begin a four-game series with the Winston-Salem Dash. Tuesday night is Golf Night, featuring a golf hat giveaway to the first 1,000 fans. It is also Friends and Family Night and $2sday Brewsday, featuring $2.00 craft draught beers from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
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.