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Myrtle Beach Pelicans walk off with win over Wilmington Blue Rocks

After the Myrtle Beach Pelicans celebrated their opening night victory over the Wilmington Blue Rocks with a fireworks show on Thursday, both teams decided to put on their own pyrotechnics display Friday night at BB&T Coastal Field - with baseball bats instead of bombshells.

The Pelicans (2-0) pounded out four home runs and 17 hits on the night, and they needed everyone of them to beat the Blue Rocks 10-9 in game two of the four-game set. Shayne Moody hit a walk-off, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Myrtle Beach to a dramatic comeback victory.

It was a stark contrast to Thursday's season opener, in which the Pelicans' pitchers dominated for a 4-1 win. In fact, both teams scored more runs in the first inning alone than they did the entire previous night.

After falling behind 3-0 in the top of first inning, Myrtle Beach's Geraldo Avila ripped a grand slam to put the Pelicans on top with one swing of the bat. Joel Campusana added a solo home run in the second to give the Pelicans an early 6-3 advantage.

Kansas City Royals' third baseman Alex Gordon, down at the Class A level for an injury rehab assignment, smacked a leadoff double in the third and later scored on Eric Hosmer's single. Hosmer drove in two more runs in the fourth and scored on Jamie Romak's single to put the Blue Rocks on top 8-6.

The Pelicans rattled their bats again in the bottom of the fourth, led by Adam Milligan's solo homer and Jesus Sucre's RBI double to tie it at 8, but the Blue Rocks grabbed the lead back in the fifth on Salvador Perez's RBI single.

After 4 1/2 innings, the two teams had comined for 17 runs on 23 hits and four errors.

After four scoreless innings, Avilo led off the ninth with a single to right and Sucre moved him into scoring position on a sacrifice. That's when Moody crushed the game-winning homer to deep left field on the next pitch, sending the crowd of 3,863 home happy and keeping the Pelicans undefeated on the season.

WILMINGTON (DEL.)

MYRTLE BEACH

ab

r

h

bi

ab

r

h

bi

Norris cf

5

0

0

0

Miles cf

3

1

1

0

Ortiz rf

4

1

2

1

Santamaria cf

1

0

0

0

Gordon 3b

1

3

1

0

Campusano 2b

5

2

3

2

Hosmer 1b

5

2

3

3

Milligan lf

4

2

2

1

Romak lf

5

1

2

2

Rodriguez dh

4

2

1

0

Taylor dh

5

0

1

1

Avila 1b

5

1

2

4

Wood ss

5

1

1

0

Gress pr

0

1

0

0

Perez c

4

1

4

0

Sucre c

4

0

2

1

Garcia 2b

3

0

0

0

Moody 3b

4

1

3

2

Shehan rf

3

0

1

0

Zazueta ss

4

0

2

0

Totals

37

9

14

7

Totals

37

10

17

10

Wilmington

301

410

000

--

9

Myrtle Beach

510

200

002

--

10

E--Garcia (1); Hosmer (1); Moody (1); Shehan (1). LOB--Blue Rocks 10, Myrtle Beach 8. DP-Blue Rocks 1. 2B--Gordon (1); Wood (1); Sucre 2 (2), 3B-Hosmer (1); Miles (1); G. Rodriguez (1). HR--Avila (1); Campusano (1); Milligan (1); Moody (1). SB--Hosmer (1); Milligan (1). CS-Sa. Perez (1); Miles (1). S-Garcia; Moody, S; Sucre.

Wilmington

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H

R

ER

BB

SO

Melville

2/3

5

5

5

3

0

Keating

3 1/3

6

3

2

0

4

Basurto

2

2

0

0

0

2

Baumann H, 1

2

2

0

0

0

2

Bowden L, 0-1

1/3

2

2

2

0

0

Myrtle Beach

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Rohrbough

3

6

4

3

0

3

Abreu

2/3

3

4

4

1

1

Francis

2/3

3

1

1

1

1

Paulino

2

1

0

0

2

1

Castro W, 1-0

1

1

0

0

0

0

WP-Melvi lle. HBP-Miles (by Basurto); Gordon (by Rohrbough, by Abreu). Home, Doug Vines, 1B: Chris Graham. T--3:02. A--3,863.

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