The Pelicans came from behind Thursday for a 5-4 win, their second walkoff victory in as many nights as Myrtle Beach swept the Wilmington Blue Rocks.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans 5, Wilmington Blue Rocks 4 (box score)
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With the Pelicans trailing 4-1, outfielder Mark Zagunis hit a two-run homer in the sixth to cut Myrtle Beach’s deficit to one run. Then, Zagunis hit an RBI single in the eighth to tie it up, and the Pelicans walked off in the ninth as Carlos Penalver scored on a Chesny Young fielder’s choice.
Zagunis, who went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
W–Jasvir Rakkar (2-1). L–Estarlin Cordero (3-2).
Myrtle Beach Pelicans (65-45 overall, 23-17 second half), Wilmington Blue Rocks (52-58, 14-26).
3 Double plays turned
7 Extra-base hits
11 Consecutive losses for Wilmington, a franchise record
18 Combined hits (Pelicans 9, Blue Rocks 9)
He said it
“[Starter Daury] Torrez wasn’t his best tonight. He got a little sideways but still was able to keep us in it and we hung in there.” – Pelicans manager Mark Johnson
“Any way you can get ‘em; it’s always good to get a walkoff win. We got a little fortunate in the ninth with a play by the first baseman and the catcher not being able to handle that throw. That inning, though, we got a leadoff walk from [Penalver], [Daniel] Lockhart had a perfect sac bunt to get him to second and then a wild pitch to get him to third and then the walkoff. All-in-all, though it was a well-played game.” – Johnson
“[Zagunis] has been scuffling a little bit; he’s hitting the ball hard, though. Finally ran into some luck and found some holes tonight. But he’s been grinding and battling and always puts together good at-bats.” – Johnson
▪ Who | Frederick Keys at Myrtle Beach Pelicans
▪ When | 7:05 p.m. Friday
▪ Where | TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark
▪ Radio | 1450-AM