MYRTLE BEACH — The Pelicans and Dash were deadlocked heading into the ninth inning on a rainy Sunday.
That’s when things got ugly for Myrtle Beach.
Winston-Salem tallied six runs on six hits in the ninth, and the Dash put away the Pelicans 8-2 to take the series 2-1 at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.
“It all kind of fell apart at once,” Myrtle Beach manager Jason Wood said. “Considering the weather condition I think it was a well-played game. There in the ninth inning we made some bad pitches that did some damage so that’s the story of the night. Disappointed with the outcome but we’ll bounce back in the next game.”
Tied at 2 in the ninth, Michael Earley hit a two-run double, Trayce Thompson singled in Earley, Dan Black tripled in Thompson, and the Dash went ahead 6-2. David Herbek put on the exclamation point when he drove in Black on a home run off Francisco Mendoza to left field that gave Winston-Salem a six run advantage.
Five of those runs came off Pelicans reliever Matt West, who gave up five hits and one walk and struck out one to bring his ERA to 8.10. West picked up the loss, his third of the season.
“He made some bad pitches and they took advantage,” Wood said of West. “He had a hiccup with that balk, it kind of put him off balance. He lost his concentration from there. Other than that, he has a good fastball but there’s a lot of good fastball hitters in this league so we’ll have to work on it.”
Pelicans starter Kyle DeVore went four innings, struck out one and gave up one run on three hits and two walks for a no-decision.
“He did good enough to keep us close,” Wood said of DeVore. “For him to come in and do that kind of job like he has in a few spot starts earlier in the year was great. He did his job, went after those hitters and for the most part he did a good job.”
Nick McBride tossed 3 1/3 innings out of the bullpen and gave up one run on four hits and three walks while striking out one.
David Herbek hit a two-out first pitch solo home run in the top of the fourth inning to put the Dash ahead 1-0. With Vinny DiFazio batting, Winston-Salem catcher Mike Blanke made an error trying to catch Christian Villanueva stealing at second – but the ball went sailing into the outfield, and Tomas Telis scored on the play to tie the game at 1.
Winston-Salem tied the game at 2 in the top of the eighth inning when Thompson drove in Daniel Wagner.
The bottom of the seventh inning put the Pelicans back temporarily. Hanser Alberto got a lead off single, Jhonny Gomez moved Alberto to second base on a sacrifice bunt and Santiago Chirino singled in Alberto to put Myrtle Beach ahead 2-1.
“We kind of scratched and clawed for the runs we got,” Wood said. “That at-bat by Chirino was very quality.”
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