Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Myrtle Beach Pelicans begin long homestand by splitting doubleheader

Final score

Myrtle Beach Pelicans 5-2, Winston-Salem Dash 9-0

Turning point

In the first game, Yasiel Balaguert hit a grand slam in the bottom of first inning to cut Myrtle Beach’s deficit to two, after the Dash put up two in the top half of the first. However, the Winston-Salem put up five runs on the Pelicans in the second to steal the momentum and the Dash never looked back.

In the second game, Pelicans shortstop Daniel Lockhart’s home run in the second inning was the last run of the contest as Myrtle Beach held off Winston-Salem to split the doubleheader.

The man

Pelicans outfielder Rashad Crawford, who was 5-for-7 with three doubles and scored two runs in the two games.

Decision takers

G1: W–Thaddius Lowry (2-3, 4.19 ERA); L–Zach Hedges (3-4, 2.95); SV–Connor Walsh (2).

G2: W–Trevor Clifton (2-3, 2.62 ERA); L–Andre Wheeler (2-1, 3.04); SV–Jose Rosario (4).

He said it

The first game didn’t go the way we wanted it to. It was a learning game for Hedges; that was by far the toughest outing he’s had. When he came out, I told him, ‘These kind of games today, where nothing seems to go your way are the ones you go back and analyze and learn the most from.’ Balaguert with the grand slam gave us a chance to get back in the game and we didn’t do much.The story of the second game was Clifton; he’s had back-to-back really solid outings. He only had one walk, struck out a bunch of guys and gave us a chance. Lockhart with one swing gave us a two-run lead, and in those kind of games a two-run lead is huge over a one-run lead. Then, Rosario did a good job. We didn’t have to use many pitchers and ended up splitting a doubleheader and you don’t ever want to lose but if you lose the first one, you go home happy because you won the nightcap.

Bailey

By the numbers

3Double plays by the Pelicans

6Home runs for Balaguert on the season, a team-high

8Total bases by Crawford in both games

19Combined strikeouts by Pelicans pitching in both games

Keeping records

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (21-17, 2nd Southern), Winston-Salem (15-12, 4th Southern).

Max McKinnon: 843-626-0302, @mmckinnonTSN

Next up

Who: Winston-Salem Dash at Myrtle Beach Pelicans

When: 7:05 p.m. Thursday

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