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Mycal Jones powers Pelicans past Frederick

Of all the things the Myrtle Beach Pelicans look for shortstop Mycal Jones to provide the team, bleacher power is not chief among the expectations.

But that's just what they needed Tuesday night in the midst of a three-game losing streak and dismal homestand.

Jones jolted the Pelicans out of their recent slump with home runs in the third and fourth innings as the Pelicans climbed out of an early deficit and back into the win column with a 10-5 victory over the Frederick Keys at BB&T Coastal Field.

Yes, that's the same Jones who had slugged a total of three homers over his first 208 at-bats with the team.

"I just got good pitches to hit, put good swings on it, and when I do that I tend to hit the ball well," Jones said.

Simple as that.

The win moved the Pelicans to 48-67 for the season and 22-23 in the second half, as they remain in contention for a playoff berth. They had lost four of their first five games on this homestand.

"We need it because we're in the hunt," Pelicans manager Rocket Wheeler said. "We'd lost three in a row, so to come back and get this win is good."

While it ended momentously for Myrtle Beach, the night started rather inauspiciously for the Pelicans. Four straight Frederick batters reached base with two outs in the top of the first - started by back-to-back walks from Pelicans lefty Matt Crim - as the Keys cashed in two quick runs on singles from L.J. Hoes and Billy Rowell to take an early lead.

Crim walked five batters in four shaky innings, while giving up three runs before departing.

But in the meanwhile, the Myrtle Beach hitters were busy launching baseballs into the leftfield bleachers as the team quickly responded to its early deficit.

Dan Nelson launched his 11th homer of the season in the bottom of the first, and then yielded the stage to Jones.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound shortstop smacked his first homer of the night to lead off the third and sparked what would end up being a pivotal three-run frame for Myrtle Beach, which turned two walks of its own into a pair of runs - one off an error and another on a sacrifice fly by Gerry Rodriguez for a 4-2 lead.

Then with one out in the fouth, Jones turned on another pitch, sending a low line drive into the first row of the bleachers to bump the Pelicans lead back up to 5-3.

"The thing is they were line drives," Wheeler said. "... And that's what we keep (telling) him - stay on top of the ball and hit your line drives. And they went out of the park. Good things happen when you stay on top of the ball."

Myrtle Beach led the rest of the way, but not without a scare.

Frederick's Miguel Abreu roped a two-run, bases-loaded double in the top of the seventh off reliever Thomas Berryhill to draw the Keys to within 6-5 with no outs. But Berryhill got Hoes to hit into a 6-4-3 double play and Rowell to ground out to end the inning, stranding the tying run on third.

The Pelicans added four more runs to make certain all the drama was out of this game.

Berryhill [1-1] got the win despite allowing two runs in three innings of relief, while Angelo Paulino pitched two scoreless innings for the save.

Jones, Nelson and Mike Jones all finished with two hits and two RBI each for the Pelicans.

Notes

Catcher Shawn McGill was recalled to Class-AA Mississippi on Tuesday. McGill, who started the season with the independent Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association, hit .125 in eight at-bats with the Pelicans after being received from Mississippi earlier this month.

FrederickAB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Hudson CF

4

1

1

0

1

1

.258

Florimon Jr. SS

4

1

1

0

1

0

.299

Welty RF

3

1

1

0

2

1

.279

Abreu, M 3B

3

1

1

2

1

1

.277

Hoes 2B

5

0

2

1

0

0

.277

Rowell DH

5

0

1

1

0

0

.258

Stevens, B LF

4

1

2

0

0

1

.215

Britton, P C

3

0

1

1

1

0

.229

Bernardo 1B

3

0

0

0

1

2

.169

Totals34

5

10

5

7

6

M. BeachAB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Jones, My SS

4

3

2

2

0

0

.278

Harrilchak, C CF

4

1

0

1

0

1

.277

Nelson DH

4

3

2

2

1

1

.283

Jones, Mi 1B

3

2

2

2

2

1

.274

Kreke, J 2B

4

0

1

0

0

0

.256

Rodriguez, G RF

3

0

2

1

1

1

.240

Sime 3B

4

0

2

1

1

1

.262

Schlehuber C

5

0

1

0

0

0

.154

Ware LF

5

1

1

0

0

1

.264

Totals36

10

13

9

5

6

Frederick

200

100

200

--

5

10

3

M. Beach

103

101

13X

--

10

13

0

E--FIELDING: Florimon Jr. (11, fielding), Abreu, M (12, throw), Bernardo (5, fielding). LOB--Frederick 10, Myrtle Beach 11. 2B--Britton, P (5, Crim, M), Welty (21, Paulino), Nelson (20, Mariotti). HR--Nelson (11, 1st inning off O'Shea, 0 on, 2 out), Jones, My 2 (5, 3rd inning off O'Shea, 0 on, 0 out; 4th inning off O'Shea, 0 on, 1 out). SB-Ware (10, 2nd base off McCurry/Britton, P). CS -- Rodriguez, G (4, 2nd base by O'Shea/Britton, P).

Frederick

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

O'Shea (L, 6-7)

5

8

5

3

3

4

4.00

McCurry

1.1

2

2

2

1

1

4.07

Mariotti

1.2

3

3

1

1

1

3.11

M. Beach

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Crim, M

4

5

3

3

5

3

4.86

Berryhill (W, 1-1)

3

3

2

2

2

2

9.64

Paulino (S, 3)

2

2

0

0

0

1

2.76

HBP--Kreke, J (by Mariotti), Abreu, M (by Paulino). Umpires--Home, Mike Walsh; First, Tim Rosso. T--2:54. A--3,370.

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