From the Myrtle Beach Pelicans
MYRTLE BEACH, SC – The workouts are gradually dissipating, and the sounds and sights of summer are resurgent. For the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, it's baseball season. Manager Rocket Wheeler is leading a squad of 30 players in Class A Advanced games against Grapefruit league foes in Florida, and the early results have been encouraging for the Pelicans.
Through the first four games of their exhibition schedule in the Sunshine State, the Pelicans have posted a 3-1 mark with wins over the Class A Advanced spring exhibition clubs of the Washington Nationals, Houston Astros, and Detroit Tigers. Myrtle Beach's lone loss came at the hands of the Tigers. Thursday, hosting Detroit's Lakeland affiliate in Kissimmee, the Pelicans rolled to a shutout victory behind four arms. Cole Rohrbough, looking to rebound from a tough 2009 campaign, went three innings in the start. Behind the left-hander, Matthew Crim and Paul Clemens joined forces to blank the Tigers. "We're getting some good pitching," Pelicans manager Wheeler said. "Obviously we're not sure which guys will be with us when we head north, but we're excited with what we've gotten so far. Really, everyone has looked good."
On the offensive side, the bats have clicked early for the Pelicans as well. The exhibition slate started with an outburst at the plate as Myrtle Beach tallied 16 hits while rolling to a victory over the Potomac Nationals on Saturday, March 20. "Our kids were excited to get things started like that," Wheeler said. "It was a great thing to see in our first time out." Jahdiel Santamaria, Cory Harrilchak, and Robby Hefflinger have posted multi-hit games for the Pelicans during the first week of spring exhibition action.
The Pelicans will play a total of 13 exhibition games ending Saturday, April 3. That weekend, the Braves will finalize the Opening Day roster for the Pelicans who will arrive in Myrtle Beach later that weekend. The Birds kick off the 2010 regular season with a four-game home series against the Wilmington Blue Rocks beginning Thursday, April 8 at BB&T Coastal Field. Tickets of all varieties, including single game, season, flex books, and mini-plans, are available now through the Pelicans Box Office by calling (843) 918-6000 or (877) 918-TIXX or by visiting the Tickets page at MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.