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With all the madness that occurred with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in the first two months of the 2010 campaign, it would have been easy for the ballclub to pack it in before the season's second half. On top of a string of tough losses that sent the team double digits back in the standings by the beginning of May, there were three suspensions to deal with and even a heartbreaking 20-inning loss to Winston-Salem back on May 19. Once that game took place, however, the Pelicans played .500 baseball the rest of the season, falling just short of a playoff berth in the season's final week. The 2010 campaign, the 12th for the Pelicans here in Myrtle Beach, started with a bang for the Birds as the team played host to the Wilmington Blue Rocks in front of a near sellout crowd at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark, a 4-1 Pelicans victory. The following night, the Pelicans and their fans experienced their first thrilling moment of the 2010 season as third baseman Shayne Moody blasted a walk-off two run homer in the bottom of the ninth to send the Birds to their first of nine walk-off victories of the year. Unfortunately, that win would be one of the last happy moments for the Pelicans in the first month of the season as the team struggled to a 4-13 record after taking three of four from Wilmington to begin the 2010 season. The month of May didn't go much better for the Birds as the ballclub posted a 10-20 record, but even though the overall results didn't go as planned, one game turned the tide for the Pelicans for the rest of the 2010 season. On May 19 in Winston-Salem, the Pelicans were set to play a pair of nine-inning games against the first-place Dash. In game one, All-Star Randall Delgado pitched the Pelicans to a 5-0 victory, but game two was one for the record books. In that game, phenom pitching prospect Julio Teheran made his Carolina League debut, whiffing 12 Dash batters in seven innings of work while allowing just one run. However, the 19-year old fireballer would not factor into the decision as the game lasted through the 14th-inning stretch and well into the wee hours of May 20. Unfortunately for the Pelicans, nine and a half hours of baseball ended with a doubleheader split as the Dash walked off to a 4-3 win in the bottom of the 20th inning, one inning shy of the Carolina League record. In yet another rough patch for the Pelicans to endure, just two days later, three players from the starting lineup were suspended 50 games for violation of Minor League Baseball's Drug Treatment and Prevention program. Thr ough all of the struggles both on and off the field, after that 20-inning affair, the Pelicans quietly began to come together and play better baseball as the first half came to a close. Even though the first half title was well out of the question, the Pelicans played with house money in the month of June, going 12-14 in the month and slowly realizing that they could compete with the best teams in the league. The first half was punctuated by a few outstanding pitching performances on the side of the Pelicans as, at one point, the Pelicans boasted a starting rotation of four of the top five pitching prospects in the Atlanta Braves minor league system: Julio Teheran, Randall Delgado, Arodys Vizcaino (pictured, left), and J.J. Hoover. At that time, the baseball statisticians at fangraphs.com named the Pelicans rotation as the most talented in minor league baseball, and it would be hard to disagree. From that list, Hoover, Teheran, and Delgado (pictured, opposite page) were each selected to represent the Pelicans in the 2010 California-Carolina League All-Star Game held at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark on June 22 while Vizcaino was named to South Atlantic League All-Star team before his callup to Myrtle Beach in the second week of June. In that All-Star Game, the California League took an early lead on the Carolina League and held on to win by the score of 4-3. At 26-44, the Pelicans finished in fourth place in the Carolina League's Southern Division, 17 games out of first place. But in the second half, it would come down to the wire as the Pelicans kept pace with their Southern Division brethren up until the final week of the 2010 campaign. In the Carolina League, the promise of the All-Star Break is the promise of rebirth. For the dog days of summer, the win-loss columns go back to zeroes and the struggles of the first half have the opportunity to become distant memories. Such was the storyline for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans who closed out the month of June and entered the year's back stretch with a wide horizon of possibilities in a Carolina League Southern Division without a clear-cut second-half front-runner. After a troublesome first half of 2010, the Pelicans were a more solidified ballclub entering the year's second season with a loaded pitching staff and an offense gaining traction behind such added lineup anchors as Mycal Jones (pictured, right), Mike Jones, and Dan Nelson. June ended with a 3-4 record in the first week of the second half, and the Pelicans kept the bar set near the .500 mark for nearly the entire way. Behind their "Big Three" All-Star rotation stalwarts-Randall Delgado, J.J. Hoover, and Julio Teheran-the Birds did their best to stifle Carolina League lineups and remain in the hunt in the Southern Division. Through the month of July, the Pelicans did something they were unable to do in the season's first half: play well within their division. In fact, Myrtle Beach surpassed its first-half wins total in the Southern Division (nine) with a victory over the Kinston Indians on August 4. The Pelicans went 9-8 in intradivision contests in July and exited the month exactly one game out of first place. Before the month was out, however, the Birds lost two of their big guns when Delgado and Teheran were promoted to Double-A Mississippi on July 23rd for a season-ending test for two of the most prized Braves' pitching prospects. With the loss of two of the club's three California-Carolina League All-Star Game participants, the burden of a burgeoning Pelicans playoff push fell to the broad shoulders of Hoover and Mike Jones, both of whom responded with dominant Augusts. Hoover's was so good, in fact, that he was promoted to Mississippi in the middle of the month as well. Before his call, however, the big righty from Elizabeth, Pennsylvania did his part to keep the Pelicans in the mix in the Southern Division. Hoover surged in his last three Carolina League starts in the season's final month, going 2-1 with a 2.65 earned run average and 21 strikeouts against just five walks. For his efforts, he was named the Carolina League's Pitcher of the Week for the period of August 16-23. On the first day of that stretch, the 23-year-old made his final start in the circuit count, shutting out the Lynchburg Hillcats over six dominant innings while striking out eight and walking just a single man. The club's pair of Joneses ignited the Pelicans' bats in the stretch run. As Myrtle Beach came off a 15-14 July, its best monthly mark of 2010, first baseman Mike Jones was heating up. Overshadowed by the dominant second half of Potomac's Tyler Moore, Jones batted .295 after the All-Star Break and posted an absurd .375 average in August. Shortstop Mycal Jones was no slouch, either. From the top of the order, Mycal took home Carolina League Player of the Week honors for August 9-15 by batting .364 with four home runs and ten runs scored over the span. After finishing 17.0 games out of the running in their problematic first half, the Pelicans reasserted themselves as contenders in the second half for the first time since their record-setting 2008 campaign. Following a July 12 doubleheader sweep of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, the Pelicans remained within three and a half games of first place for nearly the rest of the way in the second half, pushing the Winston-Salem Dash, Salem Red Sox, and Kinston Indians for the entirety. Myrtle Beach's last road trip, however, was to be the club's downfall. After entering a three-game series with the Winston-Salem Dash in North Carolina on August 27 with, somewhat surprisingly, a winning record against the best team in the circuit, the Pelicans took a fatal blow to their postseason aspirations with a three-game series sweep at the hands of the home team. The Birds dropped to a second half-high five games back of first place with losses in their second and third games of a four-game set at Wilmington three days later, and with Winston-Salem and Kinston playing some of their best ball down the stretch, the Pelicans were eliminated before their final homestand. Myrtle Beach's 2010 season ended with two losses in three days to the 2009 Carolina League-champion Lynchburg Hillcats, but the tale of two seasons ended with the Birds' heads held high. A six-win improvement in the second half over the first, a five-win improvement over 2009, and another successful season of player development for the foundation of the Atlanta Braves saw 2010 come to a close as another wild success of a season under the sun on the Grand Strand.

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