MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (Aug. 8, 2019) – Andrew Perez, Jacob Lindgren and Will Kincanon combined to hold Myrtle Beach scoreless for the final five innings, as the Dash claimed an 8-7 victory over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Thursday night at TickeReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.
After a back and forth first five innings that saw 15 combined runs between the two teams, the Dash (22-24, 60-50) bullpen shut down the Pelicans (24-23, 45-69) in the final four frames. With the Dash leading 8-7, Perez (1-2) pitched two hitless innings while racking up three strikeouts.
Then, Lindgren came on to pitch the seventh and eighth. The left-hander struck out four hitters while allowing just one hit. In the bottom of the ninth, Kincanon locked down the save. After walking the leadoff hitter Miguel Amaya, Kincanon induced a double play from Luke Reynolds and struck out Grant Fennell to end the ballgame.
The Dash got on the board early against Pelicans starter Brendon Little (0-1). With one out, Johan Cruz reached on an error by shortstop Delvin Zinn. Then, Andrew Vaughn smacked a double into right-center field, scoring Cruz to make it 1-0.
Myrtle Beach responded quickly against Winston-Salem starter Kade McClure. With two outs, Cam Balego drew a walk before Amaya was hit by a pitch. The next batter, Reynolds, doubled into left-center field scoring Balego and Amaya to give the Pelicans a 2-1 lead.
However, Winston-Salem tied it up in the top of the second. With one out, Yeyson Yrizarri ripped a double down the left-field line. The next batter, Evan Skoug, ripped a double down the right-field line to plate Yrizarri and tie the contest at two.
The Pelicans took the lead back in the bottom of the second. Following a Zinn groundout, Kevonte Mitchell crushed a solo homer into left field, making it 3-2.
Winston-Salem struck back in a big way in the top of the third. To lead off the frame, Vaughn doubled into left field before Craig Dedelow drew a walk. Following a Jameson Fisher strikeout, Tate Blackman blasted a three-run homer off the scoreboard in left-center field to make it 5-3 Dash. Winston-Salem added on another run when JJ Muno singled, stole second and third, and scored on a wild pitch.
Following Blackman’s homer, the Birds got a run back in the bottom of the third. Leading off the inning, MLB rehabber Ben Zobrist smacked a solo homer into right-center field to cut the Dash lead to two runs.
The Dash added two more in the top of the fourth. Cruz led off the inning by singling into left field before Vaughn reached on an error by the shortstop Zinn. After a Dedelow strikeout, Fisher doubled down the right-field line, scoring Cruz to make it 7-4. Blackman capped the scoring in the fourth by hitting a sacrifice fly into right field, pushing the Dash lead to four runs.
Myrtle Beach struck back once again in the bottom of the fifth. Following back-to-back walks by Zobrist and Balego, Miguel Amaya belted a three-run homer to right-center field to make it 8-7.
Winston-Salem begins a three-game set with the Fayetteville Woodpeckers on Friday night at BB&T Ballpark. Left-hander Konnor Pilkington (3-8, 5.73 ERA) will take the hill for the Dash. First pitch is set for 7 p.m., and fans can catch all the action on wsdash.com/broadcast, MiLB.tv and the TuneIn Radio App.
The series with the Woodpeckers will begin with Cancer Awareness Night, along with postgame fireworks to follow the game. Saturday’s contest will be feature live music, and the series finale is a Lowes Foods Family Sunday. Kids Run the Bases presented by New Balance Winston-Salem will take place following all three games.
For tickets and more information, call the Dash at (336) 714-2287 or visit wsdash.com.
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