Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Myrtle Beach Pelicans score eight in fifth inning, cruise past Frederick

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Final score

Myrtle Beach Pelicans 11, Frederick (Md.) Keys 3

Turning point

The Pelicans exploded for eight runs in the fifth inning and Myrtle Beach slugger Yasiel Balaguert followed the action-packed frame with a solo home run in the sixth to pad the lead.

The man

Balaguert, who was 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored.

Flashback

Balaguert also hit a two-run home run in the top of the first inning of Friday’s game, leading the Pelicans to an 8-3 win over the Keys.

First impression

Myrtle Beach starter Jeremy Null made his first start of the year after being sent to the Pelicans from Cubs’ extended spring training on Tuesday. Recovering from a shoulder ailment, the 6-foot-7 Null struck out three and scattered three hits across five scoreless frames en route to the victory.

Decision takers

W–Null (1-0, 0.00 ERA); L–Spencer Adams (3-1, 3.48); SV–Jose Rosario (2).

By the numbers

3Hits by Myrtle Beach outfielder Shawon Dunston Jr.

4Pelicans with multiple hits

6Games that now separate first-place Salem Red Sox and Pelicans

8Runs scored by Myrtle Beach in the fifth inning

16Hits recorded by the Myrtle Beach offense

Keeping records

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (19-15, 2nd Southern), Frederick Keys (15-20, 3rd Northern).

Max McKinnon: 843-626-0302, @mmckinnonTSN

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Who: Myrtle Beach Pelicans at Frederick Keys

When: 2 p.m., Sunday

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