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Myrtle Beach Pelicans come up short in 10 innings

The Pelicans were swinging early and often. And while Myrtle Beach got the offense Rocket Wheeler has been hoping he'd see for only the second time in a month, it still wasn't enough.

The Pelicans erased a three-run deficit with a pair of home runs in the seventh inning, but Lynchburg eventually drove in the winning run in the 10th inning before going on to win 7-6 Thursday at BB&T Coastal Field.

Although both teams struggled to score runs in the first two games of the matchup, each provided plenty of offensive fireworks this time around. It included a pair of home runs - one by Myrtle Beach's Travis Jones and another by Lynchburg catcher Devin Mesoraco - that each cleared the left-field bleachers and concourse. Each sailed into the overflow parking lot just off Robert Grissom Parkway.

Jones' shot, which came in the seventh, was arguably the longest bomb of the season for the Pelicans at BB&T. Two batters later, first baseman Mike Jones went opposite field, sending a screaming line drive over the left-field wall. The pair of homers tied the score at 5.

After the Hillcats added a run in the eighth, the Pelicans responded in the ninth when Gerardo Avila beat out an infield hit and first-time Myrtle Beach starter L.V. Ware scored from third. The run sent the game to extra innings.

All the offense nearly made up for a rough outing from starting pitcher Matt Crim. After allowing a pair of runs in the first, he then gave up three more in the third, including two off the monster home run from Hillcats catcher Devin Mesoraco. Crim was charged with those five runs - his second-highest tally of the season - and a season-high nine hits.

The Pelicans did some offensive damage early. They scored a run in the opening frame when Mike Jones singled home Travis Jones. Myrtle Beach then scored again in the second off a wild pitch.

Another bright spot was the defensive play of Ware. Inserted into the starting lineup after Wednesday's injury to regular starting center fielder Cole Miles, Ware made several impressive plays, including two diving catches in the fifth inning alone. He also scored the Pelicans' second run in the second inning after stealing a base and advancing on that passed ball.

Ware, who was promoted from Low-A Rome on Wednesday, batted in the nine hole. Without Miles, who was relegated to pinch-running duty as a precautionary measure, Ware proved a solid option.

Lynchburg.AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Fellhouer RF

6

1

2

1

0

1

.297

Puckett 2B

5

2

2

0

1

1

.281

Soto 1B

5

1

1

2

0

0

.272

Mesoraco C

4

1

3

2

1

0

.335

Buchholz 3B

4

0

1

1

1

1

.287

Mendez DH

5

0

0

0

0

0

.299

Feiner LF

5

1

2

0

0

1

.395

Rojas SS

4

1

3

0

0

1

.224

Contreras CF

4

0

1

0

1

2

.200

Totals 42

7

14

6

4

7

Myrtle BeachAB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Nelson 3B

3

1

1

0

1

1

.238

Jones 2B

3

2

2

2

2

0

.222

Avila DH

5

0

2

1

0

2

.252

Miles PR-DH

0

0

0

0

0

0

.254

Jones, M 1B

5

1

2

2

0

0

.263

Sumoza RF

5

0

0

0

0

2

.179

Kennelly C

4

0

0

0

1

2

.206

Culver LF

4

0

1

0

1

0

.263

Barba SS

3

0

0

0

0

0

.157

Sime PH-SS

1

0

0

0

0

0

.306

Ware CF

3

2

1

0

1

0

.333

Totals36

6

9

2

6

7

Lynchburg

203

000

010

1

--

7

14

0

M. Beach

110

000

301

0

--

6

9

1

E--Paulino. LOB--Lynchburg 11, Myrtle Beach 7. 2B-Buchholtz (14), Puckett (15), Mesoraco (11), Jones (2). HR--Mesoraco (10), Jones, T (1), Jones, M (1). SB-Ware (1),

Lynchburg

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Avery

4

2

2

2

4

2

5.63

Bowman

2

2

0

0

1

2

6.04

Janke

2/3

2

3

3

1

1

7.11

Christiani

11/3

1

0

0

0

1

.069

Freeman W 1-1

2

2

1

1

0

1

5349

Myrtle Beach

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Crim

5

9

5

5

2

5

4.35

Avilan

2

0

0

0

0

0

0.00

Francis

1/3

1

1

1

1

1

4.30

Paulino L 1-1

22/3

4

1

1

1

1

3.23

WP--Avery. HBP--Soto (by Avilan). Umpires--Home, Joey Amaral; First, Tyler Wilson. T--3:18. A--3,146.

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