With yet another win Friday night, The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are off to one of the best starts in franchise history.
After a rainout on Wednesday guaranteeing the Pelicans their shortest first half season since 2009, the Pelicans bats hit with enough power for two games in a 12-6 win over Carolina.
Coming off a five-game winning streak, the Birds were slow to start and found themselves in a 4-0 hole in the fourth inning before coming through with three runs of their own.
The Mudcats answered right back in the top of the fifth after Carolina right fielder Anthony Gallas hit a deep two-run homer over the left field fence to extend the lead to 6-3. Nick Williams blasted a hit to deep right over the head of Gallas in the bottom of the fifth to advance Luis Mendez to third on the double. With runners in scoring position, third baseman Joey Gallo stepped up to the plate and blasted a three-run homer to even the score.
After a scoreless sixth, Pelicans first baseman Jorge Alfaro stepped up in the bottom of the seventh with a walk to load the bases for none other than Joey Gallo.
After a 1-1 count, Gallo sent the ball over the scoreboard off of a changeup for the grand slam to extend Myrtle Beach’s lead to four.
“It was pretty crazy, I was pretty nervous to be honest with you,” Gallo said. “It was kind of shaky but I was just trying to breathe and relax, and just take it as another at bat, hoping he would make a mistake and he ended up leaving a changeup down the middle so I was able to do something with that”
The Pelicans would score once more in the seventh when Luis Mendez got a base-on-balls to score Preston Beck for an 11-6 lead. In the bottom of the eighth Williams stepped up and hit a solo home run to deep left to move the deficit to six.
“The sky’s the limit with this team,” Gallo said. “If we all stay together I think we have a really good chance at winning a ring, and winning the Carolina League this year”
Gallo’s two home runs left him with an even 20 on the year, and his fifth multi-home run game.