Clutch Pelicans rally past Mudcats
Posted August 16, 2013
Zebulon, N.C. — The Myrtle Beach Pelicans recorded seven of their nine hits with two out in a 5-4, comeback victory over the Carolina Mudcats on Thursday night at Five County Stadium. The Mudcats (28-23, 50-71) lost a three-run lead as the Pelicans (31-21, 71-50) five times over a three-inning span.
Michael Zouzalik (2-0) pitched 2.1 innings in relief for the win. He held Carolina to one unearned run on one hit while striking out four. Ryan Harvey tossed the last two frames, giving up a single to Logan Vick, for his seventh save.
Josh Martin (0-2) takes a tough loss for the Mudcats. The right-hander allowed two runs, both with two out, on four hits over two innings.
The Mudcats stormed out to a 3-0 lead behind a double from Jerrud Sabourin that drove in two in the fourth. Tony Wolters stroked a double to lead off the fifth, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch.
The Pelicans started the rally against Shawn Morimando. The Mudcats starter walked six over the course of 5.1 innings, but escaped trouble until the sixth. After allowing a single to Trever Adams and a walk to Royce Bolinger, Morimando was lifted for Benny Suarez.
Myrtle Beach continued the rally against the right-handed reliever as Edwin Garcia drew a walk to load the bases. Odubel Herrera sent a sacrifice fly to deep right to end 14.2-inning scoreless drought for the Pelicans. With two away, Hanser Alberto hammered a 2-2 pitch off the left field wall to tie the game.
After pitching out of jam in the last of the sixth, the Pelicans took a 4-3 lead off Martin when Joe Maloney crushed a solo shot off the left field scoreboard with two out in the seventh.
Carolina rallied to knot the score at four apiece when Paddy Matera scored from third on a sacrifice fly to left by Erik Gonzalez.
Again, Myrtle Beach produced with two out. Martin allowed a double to Alberto that extended the eighth inning. Preston Beck, down in the count 0-2, rolled a single into right field and Alberto beat the throw home for a 5-4 lead.
Myrtle Beach and Carolina combined to walk 17 batters throughout the game.
The Mudcats host the Myrtle Beach Pelicans for the final time in the 2013 regular season on Friday, August 15th.