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Pelicans Win Edinburg Series Thanks to Three Homeruns

June 6, 2005 - Central Baseball League (Central League) - Pensacola Pelicans News Release

The Pelicans come back to win game four of the this four-game series against the Edinburg Roadrunners and improve to 17-12 and remain in second place in the CBL. With the win, the Pelicans also improve to 11-2 at home.

It didn’t look good in the first inning as Edinburg jumped to a 4-0 lead thanks in part to two errors by the Pelicans. Edinburg also had three hits in that inning by Eric Gonzalez, Eddie Lara and Anthony Angel.

In the bottom half of the inning, the Pelicans big hitter came through and knocked two homeruns to bring the score to 4-3. Joe Espada led things off with a single and then scored after Juan Rocha hit his 6th homerun of the year, a two run shot to right center. The next batter, Larry Bethea then hit the first pitch he saw into the trees for a solo shot, his 8th homerun of the season and once again tied him for the CBL lead.

Pensacola tied the game in the third inning when Larry Bethea once again came through in the clutch. With Espada on third with two outs, Bethea hit a sharp single down the left field line scoring Espada and tying the game at four.

Edinburg retook the lead in the 5th. Eddie Lara reached on a single and then stole second base. Two batter later, after Anthony Angel walked, Wilson Burwell hit an RBI single to right center field. That would turn out to be the last run they would score on the night.

Robbie Hebert came on to relieve start Shane Arthurs. Hebert pitched three scoreless innings that included getting out of two bases loaded jams.

Pensacola retook the lead for good in their half of the 7th when they scored three runs on three big hits. The biggest of them being a two –run homerun by George Branch, his 4th of the year, to give the Pelicans a 7-5 lead.

Edwar Ramirez then came in to pitch the 9th inning for Pensacola and recorded his first save of the year as he struck out one and gave up one hit.

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