Wilmington Blue Rocks 8-3, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 4-1
In the first game, Wilmington slugger Wander Franco hit a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to close out a win over Myrtle Beach.
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In the second game, Blue Rocks infielder Austin Bailey got a pinch hit two-RBI triple in the top of the 10th inning to give Wilmington its second win of the night.
Franco, who was 3-for-8 with five RBIs and two runs scored.
He said it
Obviously, not a good day. We made an error in the first inning [of the second game] that led to a run, and we didn’t score but one run and couldn’t overcome that. We had some opportunities and just couldn’t get a hit. We struggled in both games with runners in scoring position and seems like the mistakes we made, we paid severely for. We couldn’t capitalize on their mistakes, and that’s why we lost both ballgames. I thought [starter Zach] Hedges did a really good job in the second game and [reliever James] Farris did, too; we asked him to go out that third inning and got in some trouble. We misplayed a ball in right field for the two runs in the 10th, so I can’t say they beat us, we beat ourselves. As players and as a team, you have to get to the point where you don’t beat yourselves. We still have a ways to go to get beyond that.
G1: W–Foster Griffin (1-2, 3.86 ERA); L–Jonathan Martinez (3-3, 3.88)
G2: W–Matt Alvarez (3-2, 4.15 ERA); L–James Farris (1-2, 2.54)
By the numbers
1-for-18Myrtle Beach offense with runners in scoring position
2Times Pelicans first baseman Yasiel Balaguert grounded into a double play
7Combined strikeouts by Myrtle Beach pitchers
18Men left on base by the Pelicans
Myrtle Beach Pelicans (26-23, 2nd Southern), Wilmington Blue Rocks (17-31, 4th Northern).
Who: Wilmington Blue Rocks at Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Where: TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark
When: 5:05 p.m. Monday
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