Myrtle Beach Pelicans: Six-run third helps Birds take Game 1 of SDCS
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (September 7, 2016) - Myrtle Beach scored six runs in the third inning and Trevor Clifton fired six innings of one-run ball to help the Pelicans cruise to an 8-1 win over the Salem Red Sox Wednesday in Game 1 of the Carolina League's Southern Division Championship Series at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.
With Myrtle Beach (1-0) already leading 1-0, Donnie Dewees walked to lead off the inning against Salem (0-1) starter Michael Kopech (0-1). After Dewees advanced to second on a wild pitch, David Bote singled up the middle to score Dewees and stretch the Pelicans lead to 2-0. Bote then got to third on two wild pitches ahead of Bryant Flete, who singled over second base to plate Bote and push the Birds lead to 3-0. After Ian Rice was hit by a pitch, Jeffrey Baez ripped a single over shortstop to make the tally 4-0.
That chased Kopech, who was charged with six runs in 2.1 innings, striking out five and walking two.
Andrew Ely greeted reliever Anyelo Leclerc with a double down the right field line to score Rice and make the score 5-0 Pelicans. Back-to-back singles from Charcer Burks and Dewees capped the Birds' big inning, extending the Myrtle Beach lead to 7-0 after three.
The Pelicans pitching staff did the rest. Clifton (1-0) scattered five singles over six innings, allowing one run and one walk while punching out six.
Tommy Nance worked two perfect innings of relief while Scott Effross finished off a scoreless ninth.
With the game scoreless in the bottom of the first, Burks was hit by a pitch and then stole second. Two batters later, Bote pulled a single into left to get Myrtle Beach on top, 1-0.
After the Pelicans' six-run third, Jeffrey Baez took Leclerc deep for a solo home run in the fourth inning, extending the Myrtle Beach advantage to 8-0.
The Red Sox scored their lone run off Clifton in the sixth. After a walk and a fielder's choice, Rafael Devers singled to right to score Luis Basabe and cut the deficit to 8-1.
The Pelicans can advance to their third straight Mills Cup Championship with a win either of the next two days in Salem.
The Pelicans will look to eliminate the Red Sox at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday in Game 2 of the SDCS. RHP Preston Morrison makes the start for Myrtle Beach, against LHP Trey Ball of Salem. Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast, the MiLB First Pitch app and TuneIn.