Former Pelicans Sparkle in Postseason

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photo of Rafael Furcal and Marcus Giles
Former Pelicans Rafael Furcal and
Marcus Giles.

Six former Myrtle Beach Pelicans saw action for the Atlanta Braves during the National League Divisional Series (NLDS) versus the Houston Astros. The ex-Pelicans combined to go 19 for 78 with 3 homeruns, 9 runs batted in (RBI), and 5 stolen bases.

Former Pelican shortstop Rafael Furcal, drilled a two-run HR in the bottom of the 11th inning in game two of the series giving the Braves a thrilling 3-2 victory and tying the series at one game a piece. Furcal, the only player in Pelicans history to have his number retired, finished the series with three stolen bases, four RBI’s and with a .381 batting average.

Former Pelican second baseman and 1999 Carolina League MVP, Marcus Giles, finished the NLDS with a .125 batting average, one RBI and one stolen base. Giles biggest contribution came in the field, where he was able to take away several would-be Astro hits, thanks to some dazzling plays with the glove. Giles spent time with the Pelicans this season on a rehabilitation assignment.

Adam LaRoche, former Pelican first baseman, had a .235 batting average with one HR and 4 RBI’s for the series. LaRoche knocked in the gaming tying run in the second game of the series sending the game to extra innings.

Other former Pelicans of note in the series included Charles Thomas who has a .250 batting average with one stolen base, and Wilson Betemit and Nick Green, who both saw action in game two as pinch runners.

The Braves lost the NLDS three games to two to the Houston Astros. The Astros lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series.

The St. Louis Cardinals will meet the Boston Red Sox in the 2004 World Series. The series begins on Saturday, October 23rd and can be seen on FOX 50.

Thanks to MBBC’s Ryan Ibbotson for this Capcom story and photo.

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