Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Balaguert goes deep, Myrtle Beach Pelicans top Winston-Salem

Final score

Myrtle Beach Pelicans 4, Winston-Salem Dash 3

Turning point

Slugger Yasiel Balaguert took one deep, a two-run shot in the fifth inning to give the Pelicans a three-run advantage and Myrtle Beach never looked back.

The man

Balaguert, who went 2-for-4.

Decision takers

W–Erick Leal (5-2, 3.93 ERA); L–Jordan Stephens (0-5, 5.35); SV–James Farris (7)

He said it

To me, the play of the game was the two-run home run by Balaguert. He made two really, really big plays on those balls hit over the first base bag to knock them down and that saved us two run. So he knocked in two and saved two; both those balls are doubles or triples if he doesn’t get them. Huge game from him.Leal did a good job until the seventh in giving up a couple of runs, but he did what he needed to do. He had a lead, kept the lead and [reliever Ryan] McNeil and Farris did a good job as well.We had a quite of few hits; I’d have liked to get a few more runs but it didn’t happen. Pitching and defense was really the story of the game, and Balaguert with that two-run homer really was big.

Bailey

By the numbers

3Hits by Pelicans shortstop Gleyber Torres

5.5Games that separate first place Salem Red Sox and Myrtle Beach

7Home runs by Balaguert this season

Keeping records

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (22-17, 2nd Southern), Winston-Salem (15-26, 4th Southern).

Max McKinnon: 843-626-0302, @mmckinnonTSN

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