Pelicans Drop Rubber Match against Astros

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

April 20, 2017 - Carolina League (CarL) - Myrtle Beach Pelicans

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Bryant Flete's home run in the bottom of the first inning was not enough for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Wednesday in a 4-3 rubber match loss to the Buies Creek Astros at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

With the Pelicans (6-8) ahead 2-0, Christian Correa led off the top of the fifth inning for the Astros (10-4) with a double. Myrtle Beach starter Oscar De La Cruz (1-2) then walked Eduaro De Oleo. A sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position. With Myles Straw batting, a wild pitch brought Correa into score for the Astros' first run of the game. Straw then tripled into right field, scoring De Oleo and tying the game at two. Following a pitching change, Oswaldo Duarte brought in Straw with an RBI single, giving Buies Creek their first lead of the game at 3-2.

Buies Creek would add to their total in the top of the sixth. Dexture McCall led off the inning with a single and then scored on a triple off the bat of De Oleo, extending the Astros' lead to 4-2.

Matt Rose kicked off Myrtle Beach's final rally in the bottom of the seventh inning with a ground-rule double over the right-center field wall. Eddy Martinez followed Rose by drawing a walk. Jesse Hodges then delivered an RBI double to right field to score Rose. However, Martinez was thrown out at home on the play, as the Astros maintained the 4-3 lead.

From that point on, the Pelicans went six-up, six-down, as Ryan Deemes earned his second save. Ralph Garza (1-0) worked 1.2 blank frames for the win in relief.

The Pelicans kicked off the scoring in the bottom of the first inning. After the leadoff batter, Carlos Sepulveda reached on a walk, Flete promptly slammed a two-run home run to right field to give the Birds an early 2-0 advantage.

The Pelicans will hit the road and head up west to play the Down East Wood Ducks on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Birds RHP Casey Bloomquist (0-2, 5.40 ERA) goes against Wood Ducks LHP Jeffrey Springs (0-1, 3.86 ERA). Coverage begins at 6:45 p.m. on, the MiLB First Pitch app and TuneIn.

The 2017 season is the 19th season for the Pelicans franchise and third as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. For information on tickets to see the Pelicans in 2017, please call (843) 918-6000, e-mail, or visit

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