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Oberholtzer wins debut with Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Little by little, the Pelicans offense and defense did just enough to make sure Brett Oberholtzer's first start in Myrtle Beach resulted in a win.

Oberholtzer, an Atlanta Braves 2008 eighth-round draft, was promoted this week from Low-A Rome. For the most part, his Friday debut was successful. He allowed eight hits and three runs in the 5-4 win over Frederick, but all of the significant damage didn't come until the fifth inning.

All in all, not a bad first outing for the 20-year old lefty.

"You've got to throw strikes, keep the ball down," he said. "I felt like I did that pretty well. ... You're always going to have those games when you're going to battle. I felt like for most part of the game, I had to battle."

That offense also did its part for the Pelicans early. Myrtle Beach scored a run in each of the first three innings, including Yoel Campusano's lead-off home run in the bottom of the third. Combined with the team's second consecutive error-free game, the Pelicans' starting pitcher had a nice buffer with which to work.

Myrtle Beach then added runs in the fifth and sixth. The only innings a Pelican failed to reach base were the fourth, when Keys starter Rick Zagone retired the final three batters in the lineup in order, and the eighth.

Unlike Thursday, when the Pelicans gave up a one-run lead in the top of the ninth before eventually losing to Potomac, Myrtle Beach reliever Chad Rodgers held two Keys runners in scoring position in the top of the eighth. Then, after Frederick closed the gap to one run in the ninth, closer Juan Abreu got the final out with the tying run on second.

"Solid defense and another no-error game," manager Rocket Wheeler said. "Tremendous pitching by Oberholtzer; Rodgers did a great job; Abreu got in little bit of trouble, but he got out of it. It was a great job by everyone."

Oberholtzer was promoted for the second time this season after spending all of 2009 in Rookie League affiliate Danville. There, he was 6-2 with a 2.01 ERA. More impressively, he carved a niche as a guy who wasn't going give up many free base runners. He allowed just six walks last season.

His control was, for the most part, effective Friday, as well. He walked none while striking out four.

"I think he made the transition very well," Wheeler said. "He was very aggressive, went after the hitters. He did exactly what he needed to do."

Said Oberholtzer, "At any level, you've got to throw strikes. You've got to keep the defense on your toes and trust that they will make plays and just throw your best stuff."

Frederick.AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Avery LF

5

0

0

0

0

1

.293

Hudson CF

4

1

3

1

0

0

.260

Welty RF

4

0

0

0

0

3

.279

Mahoney 1B

5

1

3

1

0

1

.281

Hoes DH

3

0

1

0

2

1

.267

Rowell 3B

4

1

1

0

0

0

.258

Miclat SS

4

0

2

1

0

1

.333

Ward C

3

0

0

0

1

0

.256

Stevens 2B

4

1

2

1

0

0

.250

Totals37

4

11

4

3

7

Myrtle BeachAB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Miles CF

3

1

1

1

1

0

.275

Campusano 2B

3

1

1

1

1

0

.222

Rodriguez LF

4

1

1

0

0

3

.278

Avila 1B

4

0

3

1

0

0

.317

Sucre DH

4

0

2

1

0

0

.278

Kennelly C

4

1

1

0

0

0

.225

Moody 3B

3

0

1

0

1

0

.233

Shehan RF

3

1

0

0

0

1

.178

Zazueta SS

3

0

0

1

0

0

.173

Totals31

5

10

5

3

4

Frederick

000

012

001

--

4

11

0

M. Beach

111

011

00x

--

5

10

0

LOB--Frederick 11, Myrtle Beach 7. 2 B--Stevens (3), Hudson (2), Miclat (3), Mahoney (3); Sucre (5). HR--Compusano (3). SB-Rowell (1); Shehan (3), CS-Miles (3).

Frederick

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Zagone L-0-2

5

9

5

5

2

2

3.65

Mariotti

3

1

0

0

1

2

2.70

Myrtle Beach

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Oberholtzer W 1-0

51/3

8

3

3

0

4

5.06

Rodgers

22/3

1

0

0

2

2

6.75

Abreau

1

2

1

1

1

1

10.50

Balk --Zagone. HBP--Rowell (by Oberboltzer). Umpires--Home, Jay Pierce; First, Matt Cumbee. T--2:38. A--2,437.

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