Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Crawford helps Myrtle Beach Pelicans to win over Lynchburg

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans celebrate during a game earlier this season.
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans celebrate during a game earlier this season. jlee@thesunnews.com

Final score

Myrtle Beach Pelicans 3, Lynchburg Hillcats 1

Turning point

Outfielder Rashad Crawford – who had a triple earlier in the night – put the exclamation point on a low-scoring affair and his big day at the plate with a towering solo home run in the eighth inning to put Myrtle Beach ahead by two and the Pelicans shut the door in the ninth for the victory.

The man

Crawford, who was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

He said it

Obviously, [starter Zach] Hedges deserves a lot of credit for one run against a good club over seven innings. He did it efficiently and we played some really good defense and, even in the first inning, [outfielder Shawon Dunston Jr.] and Crawford made nice plays. [Lynchburg] hit a couple of bullets in the sixth, which [first baseman Yasiel] Balaguert made a couple of nice plays on. We played steady all the way through, but that happens when you’re throwing strikes. Hedges set the tone, the defense backed him up and Crawford’s night at the plate helped us big time as well.The big thing was they scored a run and we come back and put up two, and Crawford was big part of that with his triple and scoring a run. Crawford had a really, really nice game. Take the play he made in the first inning – a sinking liner – and add a triple, his home run and there you have it.It tells you how good a ballgame it is, when you only play for two hours and it’s nice to be a winner in those ones.

Bailey

Decision takers

W–Zach Hedges (4-4, 2.70 ERA); L–Mitch Brown (1-4, 5.23); SV–Tommy Thorpe (1)

By the numbers

2:03Time it took to finish Monday’s game

3Strikeouts recorded by Hedges in seven innings

5Hits from both Myrtle Beach and Lynchburg

Keeping records

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (24-19, 2nd Southern), Frederick Keys (29-15, 1st Northern)

Max McKinnon: 843-626-0302, @mmckinnonTSN

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Who: Myrtle Beach Pelicans at Carolina Mudcats

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

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