The Wilmington Blue Rocks let three separate late leads slip away and consequently lost their season opener to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Friday, 7-6, in 11 innings. The Rocks squandered a two-run advantage in the bottom of the eighth, and then one-tally edges in both the ninth and 10th frames before falling victim to Royce Bolinger’s walk-off RBI single.
Three different Blue Crew relievers yielded Myrtle Beach rallies down the stretch.
Robinson Yambati surrendered two runs in the eighth and then another in the ninth before being removed from the game two batters into the frame.
Jake Skole kick-started the Pelicans' eighth with a single. He moved into scoring position on a wild pitch and came home on Luis Sardinas' RBI single to right. Two batters later, Trever Adams tied the game with his one-out double.
Wilmington went back in front in the next half-frame without even recording a hit. Jack Lopez walked, moved to second on a groundout, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball.
The Pelicans produced another answer in the home-ninth however. Kellin Deglan singled and was replaced by pinch-runner Chris Grayson who stole second and scored on Kevin Torres’ RBI single up the middle. That brought manager Vance Wilson to the mound and ended Yambati’s night.
The Blue Crew regained the lead in the lead in the 10th. Parker Morin worked a two-out walk and circled around to score on Geulin Beltre’s double to right.
Myrtle Beach found yet another response in the bottom of the 10th though. Bolinger opened the frame with a double to the right-center alley off Andrew Triggs. Trever Adams followed with a single back through the box to tie the game, 6-6. The Pelicans then finished Wilmington off in the 11th. Skole legged out an infield single and moved to second on Cody Fassold’s wild pitch. Sardinas then used a bunt-single past the mound to put runners at the corners with nobody out. That forced Fassold (0-1) to intentionally walk Rougned Odor to load the bases, which set up Bolinger’s sharply-hit single just inside the first-base chalk which sent the crowd of 4,409 home happy.
Wilmington will look to bounce back on Saturday as it takes on the Pelicans again at 7:05 p.m.
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