MYRTLE BEACH — The Dash scored 10 runs before the Pelicans could get a base hit on Thursday.
And it didn’t get much better for Myrtle Beach.
Pelicans starter Wilmer Font gave up eight runs on eight hits and one walk, and the Pelicans could only get two hits as it fell to Winston-Salem 10-1 at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.
Font struck out five in four innings and brought his ERA up from 3.84 to 4.63.
“I think his velocity early was pretty good,” Pelicans manager Jason Wood said of Font. “He just got in some trouble, made some bad pitches late in counts and they took advantage of him. This is a very good hitting team and they saw him in his last outing and he did good against him. Tonight they were geared for his fastball and he left a few pitches up. So it wasn’t the usual Font we see but no doubt in my mind he’ll bounce back.”
Kyle Devore relieved Font and went four innings, struck out two and gave up two runs, one earned on four hits and one walk.
“That’s what we needed,” Wood said of Devore’s work out of the bullpen. “In a game that gets out of hand early, you got to have some guys out the bullpen to take the ball and give you some innings and he did that tonight. He kept us where we needed to be as opposed to getting out of hand. Proud of the job Devore did tonight.”
Stephen McCray tossed seven innings, struck out four and gave up one run on two hits and four walks for his fourth win of the season for Winston-Salem.
“This kid tonight had some good stuff,” Wood said of McCray. “He kept us off balance and had a good slider and two seamer and left the ball down in the zone. I think we were kind of anxious at the plate, something we haven’t been doing lately, getting out of our game plan. We hit some long balls in the air, some easy outs in the air which is not what you see out of this ballclub. We stay on top of the ball and get hits on the ground and find some gaps but we didn’t do that tonight.”
The Pelicans first hit came in the fifth inning when Edwin Garcia got a single. Tomas Telis got the other hit, a solo home run to right field, to cut Myrtle Beach’s deficit to nine in the bottom of the seventh.
“He does a great job from the left side,” Wood said of Telis. “I thought he did a pretty good job behind the plate tonight and had a nice at-bat, he’s ready to hit. He drove that ball and that was really all we had tonight.”
The Dash got out to an early lead thanks to a Cyle Hankerd solo home run that came in the top of the second inning. Winston-Salem added another run in the inning when David Herbek scored on a Font wild pitch to put the Dash ahead 2-0.
Winston-Salem added to its lead as it scored four runs in the third inning. Dan Black singled in Marcus Semien, and Michael Earley drove in Carlos Sanchez and Black on a three-run home run to highlight the big inning that put Winston-Salem up six runs.
The Dash kept pouring it on. Semien belted a two-run home run, Winston-Salem’s third of the game, to give the Dash an 8-0 lead.
Winston-Salem didn’t let up, scoring another two runs in the top of the fifth. Hankerd scored on a throwing error by Christian Villanueva, and Herbek singled in Earley.
Myrtle Beach will try to take game three from Winston-Salem when the two teams face off at 7:05 p.m. Friday.
“Great,” Wood said of Winston-Salem’s offense. “They hit the ball well and they have a stacked lineup. They did a good job but hopefully we’ll bounce back tomorrow.”