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Aviators come back from six runs down to edge Pelicans, 7-6

May 19, 2004 - Central Baseball League (Central League) - Coastal Bend Aviators News Release

ROBSTOWN, TX – Mike Guerrero’s 8th inning double plated Carlos Adolfo with the winning run and capped off an amazing comeback as Coastal Bend came from six runs down to beat the Pensacola Pelicans 7-6 in front of 1,386 fans at Fairgrounds Field in Robstown.

The Pelicans threatened to run away with the contest early, sending 10 men to the plate in the 2nd inning and scoring six times against Aviators starting pitcher Hector Hinojosa – a throwing error by Coastal Bend third baseman J.R. Cortez allowed the first two Pensacola runs to score…Joe Espada followed with a two-run single…Andy Wilson then doubled home Espada and scored when Josey Shannon singled off Aviators reliever Kevin Seibert. Coastal Bend answered in the bottom of the 2nd when Matt Mann doubled off Pelicans starter Jeff Sparks, driving home Adolfo and Trey Salinas.

While Seibert and Rob Elias kept Pensacola off the scoreboard, the Aviators to chip away at the Pelicans lead – Guerrero’s two-run homer in the 5th inning made the score 6-4; then in the 7th Coastal Bend took advantage of a throwing error by Pensacola third baseman Heath Kelly to plate another run…Dalphie Correa’s squeeze bunt allowing Guerrero to score to make it a one-run ballgame. In the bottom of the 8th the Aviators tied the score on consecutive singles by Eric Battersby, Adolfo and Salinas…then two batters later Guerrero shot a grounder inside the third base bag and down the left field line to knock in Adolfo and put Coastal Bend on top 7-6. Elias took it from there, retiring Shannon, Eric Smallwood and Carlos Mendoza in order in the 9th to lock down the Aviators come-from-behind victory, evening the four-game series at one win apiece.

Elias (3-0) got credit for the win; he and Seibert combined for seven-and-two-thirds innings of shutout relief...Pensacola reliever Bubba Dobson (1-2) was tagged with the loss. The Aviators piled up 11 hits on the night, with Adolfo going 3-for-4 and Guerrero, Mann and Salinas chipping in with multi-hit games…Mendoza went 3-for-5 to pace the Pelicans 10-hit attack. Coastal Bend returned to the .500 mark (6-6) with Tuesday’s win, while Pensacola dropped to 4-8 on the season. Game three of the series is Wednesday night, with the Aviators sending their ace Mike Smith (1-1) to the mound…the Pelicans are expected to start righthander Trey Stephens (0-2).

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