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Pelican Bats come to life in 14-4 loss to RiverDogs

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (WCSC) — After a 30-minute rain delay to start the night, the Charleston RiverDogs were beaten 14-4 by the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Saturday in front of a crowd of 3,223 at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.

The RiverDogs pitching team returned 15 hits, which was a game-high this season.

Myrtle Beach 14, Charleston 4: July 23, 2022

Click here for box score Myrtle Beach (RHE): 14-15-0 Charleston (RHE): 4-6-2 To win: Gallardo (6-6) Loss: Peoples (3-4) Save: HR: Myrtle Beach: Wetzel 2 (7, 6th inning, 1 on goal, 8, 9th inning, 2 on goal) HOUR: Charleston: Allen (2, 3rd inning, 0 goals)

The Pelicans (13-10, 60-29) got on the board first in the top of the second inning, scoring three runs and sending eight men home. RHP Ben Peoples allowed three straight hits to start the inning, including an RBI single from Jacob Wetzel to make it 1-0. A few throws later, Ezequiel Pagan scores on a crazy throw. Two batters later, Scott McKeon hit a run with an RBI single to make it 3-0.

The RiverDogs (11-11, 57-31) responded late in the third with a solo home run from Logan Allen to make it 3-1. fourth inning. Josue Huma and Alejandro Rivero each reached to start the inning with consecutive singles. Then James Triantos hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-1. Back-to-back RBI singles by Kevin Alacantara and Pagan made it 6-1 in favor of the Pelicans.

Late in the fifth inning, the RiverDogs cut the lead to 7-3 with three straight hits. Allen kicked off the rally with a one-out double and scored on an RBI single from Jeffry Marte. After an Angel Galarraga hit put Marte up for third, Shane Sasaki hit a sacrificial fly to cut the deficit to four. The Pelicans responded immediately with two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh. In the sixth inning, Pagan hit a double and Wetzel hit a two-run homer against LHP Alex Ayala Jr. to make it 9-3. In the seventh, two walks and a blow-by-pick led to the Pelicans scoring the 10th point of the game, as Triantos punched out Huma to make it 10-3.

The RiverDogs cut the deficit to six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Sasaki started the inning with a single. A few batters later, Ryan Spikes hit him with an RBI single to make it 10-4. . Two walks, an error and Wetzel’s second homer of the game gave the Pelicans a 14-4 victory.

RHP Ben Peoples (3-4) suffered the loss in that game for the RiverDogs, going 1.2 innings and allowing three runs on five hits while striking out two. Richard Gallardo (6-6) picked up the win for the Pelicans. He went 5.0 innings and allowed three runs on four hits, walked one and struck out five.

Stadium fun: The RiverDogs invited all fans in attendance to participate in a post-game UFO launch at UFO Night. After the game, hundreds of glowing UFOs were sent into the air in unison under The Joe’s night sky, resulting in a unique visual. Many of the night’s promotions focused on extraterrestrial activities and peanuts as the RiverDogs also took to the field as their alternate identity, the Charleston Boiled Peanuts, in partnership with the Luray Peanut Company.

The rubber game of this series is tomorrow at 5:05 p.m. as the RiverDogs look to win the series. They’ll send RHP Daiveyon Whittle (0-4, 4.25) to the mound to face RHP Tyler Santana (7-0, 2.38) for the Pelicans. Tomorrow will be another MUSC Health Family Sunday. After the game, kids can run the basics. It will also be a celebration of plant propagation, as fans will receive a pot, soil and a houseplant clipping to take with them with the opportunity to watch their plant grow.

Single match tickets are available for all RiverDogs home games at riverdogs.com RiverDogs season tickets, flexible ticket plans and group tickets, including options for the Segra Club at Riley Park, are available at //riverdogs.com/tickets or by contacting the RiverDogs front office at 843-577-3647 (DOGS).

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