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Kinston Indians' House flirts with no-hitter against Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Flash back to the fourth inning of the Pelicans' 10-0 loss to Kinston on Thursday and a particular scene might tell you all you need to know.

Indians starting pitcher T.J. House was rolling a no-hitter through the first three frames when Cole Miles reached on an apparent error. After Miles grounded a ball to Kinston shortstop Ron Rivas, first baseman Nate Recknagel couldn't squeeze the throw. House immediately turned around and began staring at the scoreboard.

He didn't turn back around until the official scorer ruled it an error and plopped the "1" into that category on the board in left center.

That's right: In the fourth inning, an opposing player was confident enough to start scoreboard watching.

That's sort of how things are going for the Birds (11-23) in a year in which they are on pace to have their worst first-half win tally in franchise history. Somehow, though, manager Rocket Wheeler has continued to take it all - Thursday's debacle included - in stride.

"The thing is, you have to realize at times we're a young team," Wheeler said. "And this is a tough league. There are guys who have repeated this league year after year after year. ... You have experienced guys and you have guys who [just got called up]. It's like freshmen playing against seniors.

"We've got our growing pains and we're going to go through them. We can only get better."

It wasn't going to happen against House, even if his peek did lead to a bit of karma.

Miles eventually broke up the no-hitter in the bottom of the sixth inning when he beat out an infield grounder. Still, it mattered little in the grand scheme of the game.

By the time the Kinston hurler had given up a hit, he had a five-run lead against a team that has scored five or more in a game just twice so far this month.

Myrtle Beach had just three hits in the game, and only one during House's seven innings.

"Give credit where credit is due. House pitched a [heck] of a game," Pelicans manager Rocket Wheeler said. "He pitched in, away, soft, hard."

And he gave himself reason to look at that scoreboard.

NFL flavor for All-Star week

The 2010 California-Carolina League All-Star Game will be showcasing some of the best young baseball players in the country. But the Pelicans have already added some punch from a pair of former NFL stars.

Team investors Jerome Bettis and Eddie George will be participating in multiple events that week, including throwing out first pitches prior to the game on June 22.

Bettis retired from the Pittsburgh after helping the Steelers to the 2005 Super Bowl win; George stepped away one season earlier after spending nearly all of his career with the Tennessee Titans/Houston Oilers franchise. The duo joined the Myrtle Beach ownership group in 2008.

The game will take place at BB&T Stadium for the second time in three years. In 2008, the largest crowd in park history (6,599) attended the All-Star Game.

Kinston.AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Henry, J CF

4

1

2

2

1

0

.300

Arnal LF

5

1

3

0

0

1

.185

Kipnis 2B

5

0

0

0

0

1

.310

Abreu DH

5

2

2

1

0

0

.232

Bellows 3B

5

2

2

0

0

1

.240

Martinez, R C

5

0

2

1

0

0

.234

Recknagel 1B

4

1

1

1

1

1

.242

Rivas, R SS

2

2

1

0

2

0

.256

Montero, L RF

5

1

3

2

0

0

.190

Totals340

10

16

7

4

4

Myrtle BeachAB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Miles LF

4

0

1

0

0

0

.247

Sime 3B

4

0

0

0

0

1

.308

Daniel CF

3

0

0

0

1

0

.000

Rodriguez, G RF

4

0

1

0

0

2

.244

Avila 1B

3

0

0

0

1

1

.293

Kennelly, M DH

3

0

0

0

0

0

.239

Sucre C

2

0

0

0

1

0

.219

Zazueta SS

3

0

0

0

0

0

.172

Barba 2B

3

0

1

0

0

1

.167

Totals329

0

3

0

3

5

Kinston

010

000

121

--

10

16

1

M. Beach

000

000

000

--

0

3

2

E--Recknagel (3), Daniel 2 (2). LOB--Kinston 8, Myrtle Beach 5. 2B --Abellows 2 (5), Montero (1), Barba (5). SB-Abreu (1) CS --Rodriguez (1).

Kinston

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

House, T (W, 1-3)

7

1

0

0

3

4

3.03

Langwell

1

1

0

0

0

0

2.30

Grening

1

1

0

0

0

1

6.00

Myrtle Beach

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Ortegano (L, 2-4)

5.2

8

4

3

1

3

5.14

Francis, D

2.1

5

2

2

1

0

4.24

Clemens

0.1

3

4

2

1

0

27.00

Pope

0.2

0

0

0

1

1

6.75

WP--Pope. HBP--Rivas (by Francis). Umpires--Home, Jacob Danielsen; First, Shaylor Smith. T--2:45. A--2,642.

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