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Myrtle Beach Pelicans rally for first series sweep

The runs came too late for Randall Delgado to win, but Myrtle Beach finally found a way to get runs on the board in a Delgado start as the Pelicans rallied to top Winston-Salem 3-2 on Wednesday night at BB&T Coastal Field.

The Pelicans (22-38) have now won three straight against the league-leading Dash (38-22) and swept a series for the first time this season.

Delgado didn't factor into the decision despite a solid showing over six innings. The right-hander scattered four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. It was a typical start for Delgado, who has pitched well all season but hadn't gotten get much help from his offense, which had scored just 24 runs in his 12 previous starts this season.

"He gave up an infield swinging hit, a broken bat bloop. He hung one to Gilmore for the base hit to right. That's the only pitch he really made bad. The other hit was the bullet," Pelicans manager Rocket Wheeler said. "He pitched outstanding tonight. Good change-up, good breaking balls, spotted his fastball."

With his team trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the eighth, Jesus Sucre reached on a passed ball and moved to second on a single from DH Calvin Culver before Dash starter Terry Doyle was lifted for closer Gregory Infante with one out.

Infante then gave up an infield single to Sumoza, whose chopper to third loaded the bases. L.V. Ware followed with a long sacrifice fly to center field that scored Sucre and moved Sumoza and Culver to second and third, and they both came home on Cole Miles' single to right to give Myrtle Beach a 3-2 edge.

"We're picking up some big hits right now. That's our first sweep of the year, and to sweep the first-place club, maybe that'll get us some momentum going," Wheeler said.

Doyle showed why he was the reigning Carolina League pitcher of the week. The right-hander was masterful on Wednesday night, allowing just one hit in the first inning before sitting down the next 18 batters.

Delgado held the Dash (39-21) hitless through the first three innings before Brandon Short's single to lead off the fourth.

Delgado found himself in trouble in the fifth when he walked leadoff hitter Seth Loman. He enticed Logan Johnson to strike out swinging, but Loman went to third on a Kenny Williams single. Delgado then struck out Jason Bour but walked Drew Garcia to load the bases before a Justin Greene lineout ended the Dash threat.

Winston-Salem got on the board in the sixth inning when Short led off with a with a broken-bat single and went to second on Eduardo Escobar's sacrifice bunt. Jon Gilmore extended his hitting streak to 10 games when he drove a single to right field, and Luis Sumoza's throw reached catcher Jesus Sucre in time but Short was able to slide under the tag for the score.

The Pelicans had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh when Dan Nelson hit a one-out single, but Short made an over-the-shoulder catch at the warning track in right field on a drive by Travis Jones, and the inning ended when Mike Jones grounded out to first.

Justin Greene and Escobar both hit singles in the top of the eighth off Myrtle Beach reliever David Francis, and Greene scored on a fielder's choice from Loman to extend the lead to 2-0 before Francis got Johnson to strike out swinging for the third out.

Francis (1-3) got the win despite giving up a run on two hits with a walk and three strikeouts over two innings and Paul Clemens picked up his first save of the season while giving up a hit and striking out one in the ninth.

It was a no-decision for Doyle, who scattered three hits over 71/3 innings with no walks and four strikeouts. Infante (1-1) took the loss in his second blown save of the season. Two of the earned runs were charged to Doyle and one to Infante, who gave up two hits with a walk and a strikeout in 2/3 of an inning.

Miles went 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of RBIs and Culver and Sumoza both went 1-for-3 with a run scored. Short was 3-for-3 for the Dash and scored both Winston-Salem runs.

Myrtle Beach will try to keep the winning streak alive today when the team begins a four-game series at Kinston.

Winston-Salem.AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Short RF

3

2

3

0

0

0

.338

Escobar SS

3

0

1

0

0

0

.277

Gilmore 3B

3

0

1

1

1

0

.327

Loman 1B

3

0

0

1

1

2

.285

Johnson, L DH

4

0

0

0

0

3

.243

Williams, K LF

4

0

1

0

0

2

.230

Bour C

4

0

1

0

0

3

.320

Garcia, An 2B

3

0

0

0

1

0

.293

Greene CF

4

0

0

0

0

1

.313

Totals31

2

7

2

3

11

M. BeachAB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Miles LF

4

0

2

2

0

1

.254

Nelson 3B

3

0

1

0

1

0

.254

Jones, T 2B

4

0

0

0

0

1

.241

Jones, M 1B

3

0

0

0

0

0

.271

Sime SS

3

0

0

0

0

0

.286

Sucre C

3

1

0

0

0

1

.207

Culver DH

3

1

1

0

0

0

.240

Sumoza RF

3

1

1

0

0

1

.192

Ware CF

2

0

0

1

0

1

.256

Totals28

3

5

3

1

5

Winston-Salem

000

001

010

--

2

7

0

M. Beach

000

000

03x

--

3

5

0

LOB--Winston-Salem 7, Myrtle Beach 3. CS --Short (7, 2nd base by Delgado, Ra/Sucre).

Winston-Salem

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Doyle

7.1

3

2

2

0

4

2.70

Infante (BS, 2)(L, 1-1)

0.2

2

1

1

1

1

3.14

M. Beach

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Delgado, Ra

6

4

1

1

2

7

2.42

Francis, D (W, 1-3)

2

2

1

1

1

3

4.10

Clemens (S, 1)

1

1

0

0

0

1

6.75

WP--Doyle 2. HBP--Short (by Delgado, Ra). Umpires--Home, Jay Pierce; First, Matt Cumbee. T--2:14. A--2,765..

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