MYRTLE BEACH While nearly everything went right for Myrtle Beach, Winston-Salem struggled throughout the night as the Pelicans swept a doubleheader that featured three towering home runs and three Dash ejections in 9-6 and 11-1 wins Friday night at BB&T Coastal Field.
A of pair huge homers highlighted the first game. The first was by the Dash’s Seth Loman, who drove a deep shot well over the right field fence and onto the roof of the Pelicans’ clubhouse in the second inning. But Mike Jones of Myrtle Beach did it better in the sixth when his fourth home run of the season completely cleared the clubhouse.
The Dash scored a run in the top of the first when leadoff hitter Brandon Short was hit by a pitch from Pelicans starter Matt Crim. Crim then gave up back-to-back singles to Drew Garcia and Jon Gilmore, and Loman’s fielder’s choice got Gilmore out at second but allowed Short to reach home.
Josh Phegley hit a chopper to Myrtle Beach first baseman Mike Jones, who stepped on the bag at first then threw out Garcia at home for a solo double play that ended the threat.
Myrtle Beach (43-62 overall, 17-18 second half) responded with a four-run flurry, starting when Mycal Jones was walked by Winston-Salem starter Stephen Sauer, and scored on a Cory Harrilchak double to tie the game.
Dan Nelson then singled to center before a Mike Jones fly out, and Jordan Kreke got an infield single on hard hit ball that came off the glove of Dash shortstop Mike Richard and scored Harrilchak and sent Nelson to second, and Matt Kennelly doubled to the center field fence to score Nelson and Kreke and give Myrtle Beach a 4-1 lead.
Ozzie Lewis doubled of the wall in left center and scored an out later on a Luis Sierra sac hit to cut the lead in half in the top of the second, and Loman’s homer cut the lead to a single run.
Harrilchak tripled to centerfield to lead off the bottom of the fifth before a groundout by Nelson and a Mike Jones strikeout. Kreke walked and Harrilchak scored on an infield single from Rodriguez, and Osman Marval, who came in to replace Kennelly, doubled to drive in Harrilchak and put the Pelicans up 6-3.
The lead grew in the sixth inning starting with Harrilchak’s two-out single and a Nelson walk before Mike Jones’ monstrous blast cleared the bases and put Myrtle Beach up 9-3.
The Dash (60-44, 17-17) cut into the lead in the top of the seventh when Angelo Paulino struck out Jose Martinez but walked Sierra and Richard. Sierra scored on a Short double, Richard came home on a Garcia single and Short came in for the game’s final run on a Gilmore sacrifice.
Crim (6-9) left with a one-run lead and took the win, and the left-handed Charleston native was solid, though not spectacular, giving up seven hits over five innings and allowing three earned runs with no walks and one strikeout.
Paulino earned his fourth hold of the season as he gave up three earned runs on two hits in a 1 2/3 innings with two strikeouts and three walks. Chad Rogers earned his first save by getting Loman to ground out for the game’s final out.
Sauer (6-8) took the loss, allowing nine hits and six earned runs while walking two and striking out three in five innings.
Harrilchak was 3-for-4 with a single, double and triple with three runs scored and an RBI, Marval was 2-for-2 with two doubles and Kreke was 2-for-3 with and RBI and a run scored.
Game 2 took a bizarre turn in the bottom of the fourth, starting with Luis Sumoza’s one-out single before he was forced out at second on a Samuel Sime fielder’s choice. Sime was called safe on a close play at first that the Dash players thought capped an inning-ending double play. Winston-Salem manager Joe McEwing expressed his disagreement with first base umpire Gus Curtis’ call, and was ejected from the game.
Doyle then walked Braeden Schlehuber and brought up Cole Miles, who tripled to center field to score Sime and Schlehuber, then scored on a throwing error by shortstop Richard, who was the cutoff man on the play and was off target on his throw to third baseman Gilmore, giving the Pelicans a 6-1 edge.
The runs that came after Winston-Salem thought the inning should be over prompted Dash first baseman Kyle Shelton to offer his opinion to Curtis, who ejected him as well. That led to Dash hitting coach Rob Sasser coming from the dugout to give his input to Curtis, and Sasser too was sent to the clubhouse.
Winston-Salem took an early lead with a run in the top of the first inning when Short was walked by Myrtle Beach starter J.J. Hoover. Short reached second on a caught-stealing error when Kreke couldn’t bring in a throw from catcher Schlehuber, and came home on a Loman single.
Just as they did in the opener, the Pelicans answered with authority.
It started with Kreke being hit by a Terry Doyle pitch with one out, and Kreke stole second, then scored on a Sumoza double to tie the game.
That brought up Sime, who made his own power play by sending a homer over the scoreboard in left center, upping the lead to 3-1.
Myrtle Beach added to the total in the bottom of the sixth. Leroy Hunt replaced Doyle, but was in trouble quickly. He gave up a single to Gerardo Rodriguez, and Rodriguez went to second on a wild pitch before a Sumoza groundout and to third on another wild pitch with Sime back at the plate.
Sime walked, and Rodriguez and Sime scored on a Schlehuber triple before a Cole Miles groundout and a Harrilchak walk set up Nelson, who doubled to right to score Schlehuber and Harrilchak. A Mike Jones single sent Nelson to third and he went home on Osman’s RBI single.
Hoover (9-5) earned the win, scattering three hits over five innings and three walks and three strikeouts. Paul Clemens gave up two hits with two strikeouts in two innings of relief.
The third and final game of the series is tonight at 7:05. Cory Rasmus (0-1, 5.40) will take the hill for the Pelicans as he looks for his first win for Myrtle Beach since being called up from Rome a week ago. He will face Winston-Salem’s Dylan Axelrod (5-2, 2.56).