Myrtle Beach Pelicans' blunders lead to loss in extras



MYRTLE BEACH, SC August 28, 2014 – The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, suffered the loss 4-3 to the Winston-Salem Dash in an eleven-inning game on Thursday night at Field at Pelicans Ballpark. The Pelicans decreased their magic number to three games in order to clinch the second half Southern Division title, as the Salem Red Sox lost to the Frederick Keys. David Lyon was a home run away from the cycle in Thursday’s contest.

Pelicans catcher David Lyon finished a homer shy of the cycle, knocked in two runs, and stole a bag in the Pelicans loss on Thursday. (Robert Gurganus / Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

Pelicans catcher David Lyon finished a homer shy of the cycle, knocked in two runs, and stole a bag in the Pelicans loss on Thursday. (Robert Gurganus / Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

After a scoreless first, the Dash (29-37, 59-76) picked up a leadoff double from Keon Barnum in the second inning. With two outs, Pelicans’ starter Chad James thenhit a batter and walked a batter to load the bases before walking in a run, putting Winston-Salem ahead 1-0.


The Pelicans (35-31, 79-55) answered back in the bottom of the second inning. Royce Bolinger led off with an infield single off of Dash starter James Dykstra and later scored on a triple by Lyon to right-center field, evening the game up 1-1.


Winston-Salem took back the lead in the fourth inning, capitalizing on a wild pitch from James, plating Trey Michalczewski to steal back the lead 2-1.


Myrtle Beach strung together two one-run innings in the fifth and sixth innings to take back the lead at 3-2.


In the fifth, Michael De Leon came to the plate with runners on first and second. De Leon reached base on a fielding error by the first baseman Barnum, scoring Nick Vickerson on the play. The unearned run tied the game at 2-2.


Lyon put the Pelicans ahead in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Ryan Cordell from third, making the score 3-2 Birds.


Myrtle Beach right-hander Justin Sprenger entered the game in the seventh, working around a leadoff single to pitch a scoreless frame. In the eighth, however, Winston-Salem took advantage of the reliever’s blunder to force the game into extra innings. Keenyn Walker led off with a ground ball to Sprenger who threw the ball over first baseman Preston Beck’s head. Walker advanced to second base on the throw. After a bunt single, to put runners on first and third with no outs, Barnum hit a ground ball to the right side of the infield. The fielder’s choice scored Walker, tying the contest yet again, this time at 3-3.


The Dash broke the tie in the eleventh inning. Mike Marjama singled with one out against Myrtle Beach reliever Cody Kendall. Marjama moved to second base on a wild pitch, putting him in scoring position for C.J. Beatty. Beatty then hit a ground ball to second baseman Luis Mendez, who committed an error and allowed Marjama to score the go-ahead run from second base.


Raul Fernandez (2-3) earned the win with three scoreless innings of relief. Kendall (0-1) took his first loss of the season.


Myrtle Beach looks to win the four-game series against the Winston-Salem Dash in the final game of the set on Friday night at 7:05 pm at Field at Pelicans Ballpark. The Pelicans will put Sam Wolff (8-5, 3.46) on the mound and will face Dash right-hander Nick Blount (0-0, 2.25). 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.


Friday will offer a plethora of promotions. Fans can enjoy Ladies Night, with Ladies Night specials including $3.00 off game tickets, half-price wine from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and a diamond dig, courtesy of Grady’s Jewelers. Friday is also Bark in the Park night, where dogs receive free admission with an adult Budweiser Thirst Inning Deck ticket. Finally, kids can enjoy a closest to the pin competition, presented by PGA Superstore.


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 eight half-season Southern Division titles, most recently in the first half this season. For more information on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please contact Nathan Barnett by calling (843) 918-6080 or emailing