PELICANS WIN 44TH ROAD WIN, MOST IN TEAM HISTORY
LYNCHBURG, VA August 22, 2014 – The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, earned an 8-2 win over the Lynchburg Hillcats on Friday night at Calvin Falwell Field. Starter Ryan Bores matched a season and career-high with seven innings of one-run ball en route to his first Carolina League win. The win was the club’s 44th road victory, setting a new team record for road wins in a season.
After a scoreless first, the Pelicans (32-28, 76-52) posted four runs in the second against Lynchburg starter Jarrett Miller. Kellin Deglan collected the first off three hits to open the scoring with a two-run single to make it 2-0. Luis Mendez and Lewis Brinson also collected RBI in the frame.
Bores set down the first six batters. He scattered two hits in the third and worked around a hit batter in the fourth to keep a shutout going through four innings. Levi Hyams led off the fifth with a double, and two batters later, Blake Brown doubled to left to drive in a run, cutting the deficit to 4-1.
The Hillcats (28-31, 62-67) surrendered four more runs in the seventh inning. The first four batters all reached off of Mauricio Cabrera on three walks and a single. All four runs came across. Royce Bolinger, Deglan, and Nick Vickerson all drove in runs and another scored on a wild pitch.
With an 8-1 lead, Bores finished up his night working out of a two-on, one out jam in the seventh. In the seven innings, he surrendered five hits and a walk. He hit two batters and struck out four.
Cody Kendall tossed the final two innings for the Pelicans, allowing a run in the eighth before a scoreless ninth.
With the win, the Pelicans remain in sole possession of first place in the second half Southern Division standings with a one-game lead over the Salem Red Sox.
Bores (1-4) picked up the win, while Miller suffered the defeat (8-9), lasting just 3.2 innings, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks.
Game two of the four-game set is Saturday at 6:05 p.m. at Calvin Falwell Field. Chad James (4-2, 3.13 ERA) makes the start against Hillcats starter Blair Walters (4-1, 3.09 ERA).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.