Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Myrtle Beach Pelicans drop doubleheader to Wilmington

Pelicans manager Buddy Bailey
Pelicans manager Buddy Bailey jblackmon@thesunnews.com

Final score

Wilmington Blue Rocks 8-3, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 4-1

Turning point

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.

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.

The man

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.

Bailey

Decision takers

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

Keeping records

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (26-23, 2nd Southern), Wilmington Blue Rocks (17-31, 4th Northern).

Max McKinnon: 843-626-0302, @mmckinnonTSN

Next up

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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