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Pelicans close season with loss

All that was left to the 2010 season for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans players Monday night at BB&T Coastal Field was a sendoff into the offseason on a good note.

They didn't get it as a team in front of 3,578 spectators, so a couple of players had to settle for their own impressive performances in a season-ending 7-1 loss to Lynchburg that dropped the Pelicans to a Carolina League-worst 58-82.

Starting pitcher Cory Rasmus remained 0-3 on the season, but dropped his earned-run average to 3.27 with five innings of one-hit ball, complete with a walk and three strikeouts.

Reliever Jason Lowey, signed by the Atlanta Braves and assigned to Myrtle Beach on Aug. 17 as an independent league player, finished the season without allowing a run in eight innings over six appearances. He struck out the side in the ninth, giving him 16 strikeouts without a walk allowed as a Pelican.

"The last time is what you're going to remember going into the offseason, so you want to do good," Lowey said. "You're still trying to prove yourself to everyone and do the best you can personally. So I think it's still the same as it is normally, it's just the last game of the year."

Both offenses were listless early, combining for just three hits through five innings, and the game's first two runs were scored on a strikeout in the top of the sixth.

With runners on second and third, Cole Rohrbrough struck out Henry Rodriguez, but the pitch was in the dirt and got past catcher Matt Kennelly. Kennelly attempted to throw out Rodriguez at first base, but his throw was a one-hopper to first baseman Mike Jones, and though Jones got a glove on it, the ball deflected far enough from him to allow both Brodie Greene and Neftali Soto to score.

The Pelicans got their lone run in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Samuel Sime. The Hillcats (61-76) broke the game open with five runs in the top of the eighth, aided by a dropped throw to the plate by Kennelly. "Nelly just dropped two balls tonight and he normally doesn't drop them," Pelicans manager Rocket Wheeler said.

Neither the Pelicans' Player of the Year nor Pitcher of the Year were around to play the final game of the season. Shortstop Mycal Jones and starting pitcher Randall Delgado earned the honors announced Monday.

Jones, a 2009 fourth-round draft pick out of Miami Dade Junior College who has been tabbed the top shortstop prospect in the Atlanta system, began the year in low-A Rome and ended it in Double-A Mississippi.

In the meantime, he batted .269 with seven home runs, 19 doubles, 22 RBI, 51 runs scored and 15 stolen bases to finish at least tied for second on the team in home runs, doubles, run scored and stolen bases despite playing for the Pelicans from only June 9 to Aug. 31.

Delgado began the year as one of the top pitching prospects in the Braves' system and was the ace in the Pelicans rotation. In his 20 starts with the Pelicans before earning a promotion to Mississippi, the 20-year-old posted a 2.76 earned-run average over a league-leading 1171/3 innings pitched, striking out a league-high 120 batters.