Bizarre play sends Pelicans to loss in opener

From the Myrtle Beach Pelicans:

MYRTLE BEACH, SC – On the heels of a 1-5 road trip, the Pelicans were looking for a little home cooking to get back on their feet again in the Carolina League Southern Division standings.

Though their ace pitched like one, the Pelicans didn't have enough in the deck in their return to BB&T Coastal Field, dropping game one of their four-game set, 4-1 to the Winston-Salem Dash. 

Randall Delgado and Justin Edwards matched each other pitch for pitch in the first six innings of this game with both pitchers relying on deadly breaking balls to keep the opposing hitters on their toes.  The game remained scoreless until the sixth inning when the Dash were finally able to push a run across on a deep sacrifice fly off the bat of Jon Gilmore, but with Delgado throwing darts on the mound, the game was still within reach for the Pelicans. 

Then, one bizarre play turned the tables in the Dash's favor. 

After striking out the first two Dash batters in the top of the seventh inning, Delgado (0-1) ran into a bit of trouble.  The right-hander allowed a single and walk before manager Rocket Wheeler made the call down to his bullpen, summoning Panamanian righty Yeliar Castro to keep the game a one-run affair.  Facing speedster Justin Greene, Castro's 1-1 offering was lined into right field.  The ball was sinking fast, and right fielder Adam Milligan made a dive to try and end the inning but the ball skipped past him and rolled all the way to the wall. 

Greene has some of the best speed in the White Sox system, so this spelled danger for the Pelicans.  Two runs scored initially, and Greene tried to make it three, but a good relay to home gave Myrtle Beach a chance to nab Greene at the plate.  Yoel Campusano's throw, however, short-hopped catcher Matt Kennelly and the ball scooted past him and Castro, who was backing up the play.  While this was going on, Greene had stumbled over his own feet ten feet from home plate, lying on the ground, resigned to his ignominious fate as the third out of the inning.

When Castro couldn't corral the ball, Greene rose awkwardly to his feet and managed to place a foot on home plate before Kennelly could apply the tag, and the score stood at 4-0.

Jahdiel Santamaria blasted his first home run in 120 career games off Edwards (2-0) in the seventh inning, but reliever Dan Remenowsky shut the door for his second save in as many chances to send the Pelicans to their sixth loss in seven games. 

These two teams will face off tomorrow from BB&T Coastal Field with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.  It will be Team Tuesday at the ballpark presented by emediagroup coastal where the first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a Gerry Rodriguez poster, the first in a ten-part installment.