BY MICHAEL HAMMOND | Minor League Knocks
Aug. 13, 2017 | Myrtle Beach Pelicans 4, Carolina Mudcats 2 | Carolina League (A+)
MYRTLE BEACH, N.C. – Despite hitting poorly for nearly 90 percent of the game, the 10 percent of good lifted the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 4-2 over the Carolina Mudcats at TicketReturn.com Field on Sunday in Myrtle Beach, North Carolina.
Out of eight innings at the plate, five were three-up-three-down for the Pelicans and two saw just four come to the plate. In those seven innings, Myrtle Beach record one hit. Although they struggled for the majority of the game, a four run, four hit second inning was enough for the Pelicans.
Trailing 1-0 after a Cooper Hummel RBI-single in the top of the second, the first four batters in the bottom half each scored for Myrtle Beach. Tyler Alamo led off with a single and scored along with Tyler Pearson on Pearson’s absolute no-doubt homer that left the entire ballpark over left field. Adonis Paula walked, Connor Myers double, Roberto Caro hit a sac-fly, and Zack Short drove in the fourth run with a single to put the Pelicans up 4-1. Carolina escaped the inning with a bases-loaded double play.
The Mudcats took one run back in the next inning when Corey Ray smoked a line-drive-single straight up the middle to score Jose Cuas, but that was the only damage Carolina could do. They did show signs of life, but left four runners in scoring position the rest of the game.
Kyle Miller picked up the win on a five inning five hit, two run, and two strikeout performance. His counterpart, Frank Lopez went six innings and gave up four run on five hits, four walks, and three strikeouts.
The four relief pitchers (3 Pelicans, 1 Mudcat) were lights out as they combined to allow one hit and two walks over six innings pitched.
Myrtle Beach currently sits in last-place in the second half Carolina League Southern Division standings, but will get a chance to defend their back-to-back Carolina League championships after winning the division in the first half.
Carolina’s playoff hopes are slim-to-none as they sit 11.5 games back of the Buies Creek Astros. In the first half it finished second six game back of the Pelicans.
Carolina Mudcats (57-61) 011 000 000 – 2 6 2
Myrtle Beach Pelicans (61-58) 040 000 00X – 4 5 0
8/11 Carolina 4, Myrtle Beach 1
8/12 Myrtle Beach 8, Carolina 3
8/13 Myrtle Beach 4, Carolina 2
Carolina Mudcats (MIL)
#4 Corey Ray 2/4, RBI, SB .245/.317/.373, 6 HR, 41 RBI
#6 Trent Clark 0/3, BB .224/.356/.362, 8 HR, 40 RBI
#9 Lucas Erceg 1/4, R, 2B, K .242/.284/.396, 13 HR, 67 RBI
#15 Frank Lopez 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 3 K
Myrtle Beach Pelicans (CHC)
#9 Eddy Martinez 0/4 .236/.287/.368, 14 HR, 57 RBI
TicketReturn.com Field hosted 4,980 fans on Sunday and features a large grandstand that doesn’t extend past first or third base. Other seating options include over the bullpen in right field, a home run porch in left, and a beach area down the left field line.
Like all Sundays in Myrtle Beach, fans were allowed to play catch on the field pre-game and treated to a fireworks show post-game.
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