It was a drastically different night for newcomers on both sides Wednesday night as Lynchburg topped Myrtle Beach 5-3 at BB&T Coastal Field.
On the day he was demoted, the Hillcats' Denis Phipps made a case for getting his old job back.
Phipps, who was sent to Class-A Lynchburg on Wednesday from the Class AA Carolina Mudcats, hit a two-run homer and scored twice for the Hillcats. Pelicans third baseman Jordan Kreke was 3-for-4 with an RBI at the plate in his debut while Myrtle Beach catcher Shawn McGill was hitless for the third time in as many games.
Phipps, a former Midwest League All-Star with Dayton in 2008, hit .242 in 82 games with the Mudcats this season before being sent down.
Kreke was called up from low-A Rome on Tuesday and he and Mycal Jones were the only Pelicans players with multiple hits. Kreke replaced Travis Jones on the Myrtle Beach roster after Jones was released by the club.
McGill, who began his summer with the Lincoln Saltdogs of the Independent American Association, was signed by Atlanta on July 9 and assigned to Myrtle Beach the following day. He went 0-for-4 and struck out three times Wednesday, bringing his total to six strikeouts in eight at-bats with the Pelicans.
Mycal Jones, the Pelicans' shortstop, committed two throwing errors in the game, the first allowing Lynchburg's Kevin Coddington to reach and go to second to lead off the top of the third inning. Coddington reached third on Josh Fellhauer's sacrifice hit and scored on a Cody Puckett single.
That spelled the end of the night for Pelicans starter Zeke Spruill, who was on a pitch count as he made just his second start after a nearly three-month stint on the disabled list with a hand injury. He came out after 49 pitches.
Spruill was replaced by Yeliar Castro, who gave up a two-out single to Carlos Mendez which scored Puckett before Castro got Neftali Soto to strike out swinging.
The Hillcats (37-52, 8-11) kept it going in the fourth when Castro walked Phipps, who stole second, reached third on a Kyle Day single and scored on a Coddington single.
Lynchburg tacked on two more runs in the fifth when Phipps drove a two-run home run into the Thirst Inning Deck in left field off Myrtle Beach's Tommy Palica.
Jordan Hotchkiss earned the win, scattering four hits over seven scoreless innings, while walking three and striking out six.
Myrtle Beach finally scored in the bottom of the eighth with Hotchkiss on the bench, starting with back-to-back singles from Mycal Jones and Cory Harrilchak. Mycal Jones scored on a Dan Nelson sacrifice fly and Harrilchak scored on Kreke's ground-ball single to center field.
Myrtle Beach got its third run in the ninth on a Mycal Jones solo homer, his third of the season. Jones was 2-for-4 and scored twice.
Spruill (0-2) took the loss despite his short outing, giving up two runs - though neither where earned - in 22/3 innings on two hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
The loss ended the Pelicans' (34-56 overall, 8-12 second half) quest for a three-game win streak for just the fourth time this season. The two-game streak came in the form of a doubleheader sweep of Wilmington on Monday.