Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ big first inning sparks win over Lynchburg

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Final score

Myrtle Beach Pelicans 6, Lynchburg Hillcats 4

Turning point

The Pelicans exploded for four runs in the first inning – highlighted by a Jeffrey Baez two-run home run – and never looked back.

The man

Baez, who was 2-for-3 with a stolen base, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Decision takers

W–Jake Stinnett (4-0, 3.18 ERA); L–Sean Brady (2-3, 5.15); SV–Jose Rosario (5)

By the numbers

.500Myrtle Beach’s average with runners in scoring position (3-for-6)

3Runners left on base by the Pelicans

6Strikeouts, innings pitched in a quality start for Stinnett

He said it

Stinnett gets the win. Unfortunately his walk total (five) was a little high and three or four of those came with two outs and nobody on. Some of those, maybe he’s getting a little ahead of himself – thinking the inning is over. Then, we had miscommunication on a ball that bounced over that – later in the game – ended up costing us a run.It got a little hairy there at the end, but Rosario did a great job coming in during the eighth and saving the situation the way he did. Then he kind of had the game in his hands [in the ninth] with an 0-2 count and two outs, but when you’re playing good teams that are hungry – they don’t die. They proved that there; they got a hit and lined up the way they wanted. They had a guy that’s leading the league in RBIs (Bobby Bradley) at the plate with a chance to tie or take the lead, and Rosario was able to get a big punch-out to end the ballgame.Baez had his best game in a while. Hit two balls good and gave us a big spark. It was the first time we gave him the nod at DH (designated hitter) and he did a really nice job. But a lot of guys kicked in with the four-run first inning, with [shortstop Gleyber] Torres with the triple and [second baseman Ian] Happ hit a bullet that – thank goodness – was just out of the shortstop’s reach. Then, [first baseman Yasiel] Balaguert did a great job hitting behind a runner to set up [runners on] first and third, and [third baseman Jason] Vosler got the sac and then a Baez home run to cap off the inning. So, you take a four run lead in the first inning and it’s kind of comfortable, but in the ninth inning it wasn’t so comfortable. But the bottom line is: we won the game.

Bailey

Keeping records

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (23-18, 2nd Southern), Lynchburg Hillcats (28-14, 1st Northern)

Max McKinnon: 843-626-0302, @mmckinnonTSN

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Who: Lynchburg Hillcats at Myrtle Beach Pelicans

When: 5:05 p.m. Sunday

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