RiverDogs Complete Comeback with 11-Inning Win over Pelicans
The Pelicans saw a pair of leads disappear in their second-straight loss to the RiverDogs by the final of 10-6 on Wednesday night. The loss is the third in a row for the Pelicans, as they drop to 17-20 on the season. Charleston has now won four straight and improves to 10 games over .500 at 23-13.
It was a big night for the bottom two in the Myrtle Beach lineup, as Jonathan Sierra (3-4, 2 2B, RBI) and Fabian Pertuz (3-5, RBI) tallied their first three-hit games of the season. Flemin Bautista (1-6, 2B, 3 RBI) also unloaded the bases with a double to bring in three runs and lead the team in RBI. The Pelicans totaled 10 hits for the evening.
Birds' starter Adam Laskey had a solid night on the mound, going five innings with only one run allowed off four hits, with two walks and three strikeouts. Bailey Reid (1-3) would take the loss after giving up the deciding four runs in the top of the 11th inning.
Like the home team, Charleston also had a pair of players log three-hit ballgames with Johan Lopez (3-4, HR, 2B, 3 RBI) and Curtis Mead (3-6, HR, 2B, 3 RBI) each coming within a triple of the cycle. Osleivis Basabe (2-4, RBI) also posted a solid performance for the RiverDogs.
After using six pitchers, the win went to Addison Moss (1-0) after pitching the 10th inning with two strikeouts. Charleston starter Cole Wilcox tossed five innings with four unearned runs off five hits with six strikeouts.
Both teams were silent through the first two innings before Charleston got on the board first in the third. Basabe drew a walk to open the inning and stole second base on catcher Pablo Aliendo. After Garrett Hiott struck out swinging a ball got away from Aliendo in the next at-bat that allowed Basabe to advance to third. Lopez came up and blasted a double to left field to score Basabe and give Charleston their first lead at 1-0.
Myrtle Beach used the bottom of the fifth inning to respond. With one out in the inning, Ryan Reynolds reached base on a grounder to third base that Mead underthrew to first resulting in an error. Sierra came up and singled to right field to put runners at the corners. Pertuz then found a hole to left field and singled to bring home Reynolds and tie the game at one. Jacob Wetzel followed with a chopper to Alexander Ovalles that bounced off his glove and gave Wetzel enough time to reach first. The play was the second error of the game for Charleston. With the bases loaded, Flemin Bautista capitalized with a drive to right field that got over the head of Diego Infante and reached the wall, while all three runners scored to put the Pelicans up 4-1.
Both teams traded blows in the sixth inning. Mead led off the inning for Charleston with a double to left field and got to third on a wild pitch. Mead would score later in the inning as Ovalles hit a ground-rule double over the left-centerfield wall to cut into the Pelicans' lead at 4-2.
Myrtle Beach responded with Reynolds bunting with two outs and beating out the throw. Sierra followed with a double to deep right field to plate Reynolds and bring it back to a three-run lead.
Charleston used their power in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game against Pelicans' reliever Carlos Ocampo. After Hiott walked with one out, Lopez smashed a home run over the bleachers in left field to make it a one-run game. One batter later, Mead hit a solo homer to left field for his second of the series to tie the game at five.
Matt Mervis would give the Pelicans the lead after Jacob Wetzel was hit by a pitch and later stole second to lead off the inning. Mervis came up and beat the shift with a single to right field to plate Wetzel and give the Birds the lead 6-5 after seven innings.
The lead wouldn't last long as Charleston evened the game back up in the eighth. Infante was hit by a pitch from Tyler Suellentrop to lead off the inning and worked his way to third on a passed ball and wild pitch in the following at-bats. With two outs, Basabe singled to second base that Bautista had trouble with and Infante came home to score the tying run.
The game went to extras and after the 10th inning was quiet for both teams, the RiverDogs broke the game open in their half of the 11th. Jonathan Embry started off at second as Reid came in to pitch for the Pelicans. He gave up a single to Basabe to lead off the inning that sent Embry to third. Hiott was then hit by a pitch and the bases were loaded. Reid threw a wild pitch that allowed Embry to score, and eventually walked Lopez to load the bases back up. Heriberto Hernandez drew the second walk in a row to plate Basabe and make it a 10-8 lead for Charleston. The gates would open as Mead came up and hit a line drive to left field to score two more runs and extend the RiverDogs' lead to 10-6.
The Birds were retired in order by reliever Audry Lugo to end the game.
Game three of the series will be Thursday night between the Pelicans and the RiverDogs. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
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