June 21, 2007 - Carolina League (CarL) - Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Game #70 - Road Game #33 - Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 7:07 P.M.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans (0-0, 30-39) at Salem Avalanche (0-0, 41-28)
Today\'s Starters: Myrtle Beach - RHP Sergio Valenzuela (0-0, 4.34 ERA)
Salem - LHP Chris Salamida (4-3, 3.36 ERA)
Friday: MYR LHP Jonny Venters (0-2, 3.69 ERA) at SAL RHP Raymar Diaz (4-4, 4.36 ERA)
Saturday: MYR RHP Jairo Cuevas (3-8, 4.86 ERA) at SAL RHP Sergio Perez (4-4, 4.53 ERA)
Sunday: MYR RHP Moises Hernandez (9-2, 3.35 ERA) at LYN TBA
Monday: MYR RHP Dustin Evans (1-4, 4.67 ERA) at LYN TBA
The Zen of Zeros...With the dawn of the second half today, Myrtle Beach can forget all about the rough first half that saw the Pelicans finish nine games under .500, 15 games out of first, put six players on the disabled list and make 50 transactions overall. That\'s because today the records for every team in the Carolina League reset to 0-0, and the first 70 games have been wiped clean. The Birds closed the first half strongly, taking two out of three from the Kinston Indians (who had already clinched the Southern Division first half title) including a 3-0 shutout Sunday as RHP Jairo Cuevas won his third straight start after beginning the year 0-8.
STARsky and Hutch...Pelicans RHP Moises Hernandez reported that his experience at the annual Carolina League-California League All-Star game was a "blast," even though the Carolina League stars fell by a final count of 10-5 at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton. Hernandez pitched one inning and allowed two runs on two hits, and uncharacteristically walked two hitters as well. Hernandez will look to become the first 10-game winner in the Carolina League Sunday when the Pelicans open a three-game series with the Lynchburg Hillcats.
How I Spent My All-Star Break...While most of the Pelicans stayed in and around Myrtle Beach and enjoyed the trappings of a resort town for the last three days, LHP Kevin Gunderson traveled to an alternative vacation destination, lovely and scenic Omaha, Nebraska. Gunderson went to cheer on his alma mater Oregon State University in the College World Series as the Beavers look to repeat as national champions. Gunderson must have had a positive effect on the team, as Oregon State won the two games that he attended. Ironically, the University of North Carolina was placed in the opposite half of the draw, and the two teams could meet in a rematch of the 2006 championship series.
I Love it When a Plan Comes Together...RHP Dustin Evans was put on the disabled list June 8th with tendonitis in his right (throwing) shoulder, but said all along that it wasn\'t serious and he expected to miss a few starts at the end of the first half and return at 100% in the second half. Sure enough, Evans is set to come off the DL and start Monday in Lynchburg. That, however, leaves the Pelicans with six starting pitchers and only five spots in the rotation, so to make room for Evans LHP Jake Stevens is moving to the bullpen, a move which means six of the eight relievers for Myrtle Beach are left-handed.