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Pelicans fall in 15 innings

Myrtle Beach finally got its 2010 marathon on Saturday night, and it did end at BB&T Coastal Field.

The Frederick Keys outlasted the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 7-3 in 15 innings in the first game of a three-game series. The game featured a combined 30 strikeouts, 14 walks, 25 men left on base and four hours and 42 minutes of baseball.

After the Keys tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the eighth inning, neither team scored again until the 15th, when Frederick scored four runs off Pelicans reliever Van Pope (0-2). Bobby Stevens' bases-loaded single plated two Keys and a single and Pope balk brought home two more to set the final score.

Brandon Cooney set the Pelicans down in order in the bottom of the inning to end the game.

At least when it comes to their starters, the Pelicans may have found their formula.

Just keep trotting out fresh faces in the starter's role.

One day after Myrtle Beach won its series opener against Frederick with newly called up Brett Oberholtzer, the Pelicans got a great start from regular reliever Matt Crim, who opened the game and shut down the Keys through six innings.

As to be expected at this point, even that wasn't enough.

Frederick got a pair of scores off Myrtle Beach relievers, leaving Crim's fantastic start without a decision.

Crim's only significant trouble of the evening came in his final inning, when he walked the first two Keys batters. Then, after a passed ball, Frederick had a pair of runners in scoring position.

Only one of them would come around to score, though, as Crim got Greg Miclat to ground into a fielder's choice and Ronnie Welty struck out, ending the threat.

Crim ended his first Carolina League start by giving up one run on three hits in those six frames. The effort lowered his ERA to 3.52 from 4.24.

Shayne Moody put the Pelicans on top in the fourth when he hit a two-RBI double over the head of Frederick left fielder Jacob Julius. It brought home Adam Milligan and Matt Kennelly, who came all the way around from first on the hit.

First baseman Gerardo Avila then hit a solo home run in the sixth, pushing the lead back to two runs.

However, the Pelicans stalled from then on.

In the eighth, Pelicans reliever Benino Pruneda had two runners on when he pulled the fake-to-third, throw-to-first move. He caught Welty off-balance. However, during the back-and-forth, Amadeo Zazueta threw the ball home attempting to catch an advancing Kyle Hudson. The throw was late, and Frederick tied the score.