Myrtle Beach Pelicans shut down Winston-Salem Dash in national TV debut

For The Sun NewsJuly 3, 2014 

Clouds remaining from Hurricane Arthur blanket the pre-game activities as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans taken on the Winston-Salem Dash on Thursday, July 3, 2014. The game is being televised on CBS Sports Network. Photo by Janet Blackmon Morgan / jblackmon@thesunnews.com

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Myrtle Beach made the most of a rare chance at nationwide exposure, using timely hitting and solid pitching to the beat Winston-Salem 4-1 on Thursday at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

The Pelicans (53-29 overall, 9-5 second half) literally weathered the storm as Hurricane Arthur skirted the Grand Strand during the day Thursday with strong winds and heavy rains, but the playing surface showed no ill effects from the worrisome weather.

It didn’t hurt that the first pitch was pushed back to 8:05 p.m. to accommodate the game being broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network.

Myrtle Beach starting pitcher Luis Parra (7-4) continued to build on his solid season, allowing four hits while striking out four and walking three.

Parra helped his own cause on defense as well, snaring a chopper off the bat of Jacob Coats and starting a 1-6-3 double play to end the sixth inning.

Abel De Los Santos earned his sixth save of the season with two innings of one-hit relief.

J.B. Wendelken (5-7) took the loss for Winston-Salem (39-46, 6-6). He allowed four runs on six hits over six innings with three strikeouts and two walks.

The Pelicans got things started in the bottom of the first inning when Nick Williams sent a long fly ball over the wall in left field with two outs for his eighth home run of the season.

Chris Garia led off the bottom of the third with a line drive single to center for Myrtle Beach. Hanser Alberto and Williams followed with singles to load the bases, and Jorge Alfaro earned an RBI when he was hit by a J.B. Wendelken pitch, driving in Garia.

Preston Beck followed that with a fielder’s choice that drove in Alberto but got Alfaro was out at second.

A Chris Grayson flyout to center allowed Williams to tag up and score to put the Pelicans ahead 4-0.

Nick Basto homered in the seventh for Winston-Salem’s only run of the game.

Former Coastal Carolina standout Jacob May was 0-for-3 at the plate for the Dash.

Myrtle Beach starts a three-day stand at Potomac on Friday. Included in the trip will be to continuation of a game Saturday that was suspended on June 27.

That series will be followed by a three-game series at Winston-Salem July 7-9.

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