MYRTLE BEACH — Despite a quality start from starter Randy Henry, the Pelicans were held scoreless for the second consecutive game as Myrtle Beach fell to Winston-Salem 2-0 and dropped the series 3-1 to the Dash on Saturday at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.
“Sloppy series,” Pelicans manager Jason Wood said. “Bad series offensively, sloppy defense this series and it caught up to us playing the good team that we did. These guys will put it to you. You can’t give them extra bases and free bases like we did. We didn’t get any offense at all the last three games and I’m glad this series is behind us. We’re still at the top and I’m happy about that but we’ll regroup and get this going on Monday.”
Henry was stuck with the loss after he tossed six innings, struck out three and gave up one earned run on seven hits and one walk.
“I thought he did a really good job,” Wood said of Henry. “Made some pitches when he needed to. Got a few double plays and I give him credit for keeping us right in it. Can’t say enough things about Randy, he’s been really good for us.”
The Pelicans got two hits in the first inning but couldn’t take advantage, and Myrtle Beach didn’t collect another hit until Hanser Alberto hit a single in the seventh inning.
“Made too many easy outs,” Wood said of the offense. “We hit the ball in the air a lot and you can’t do that in this ballpark. We have to hit line drives and hard ground balls. It’s upsetting how many easy outs we gave them in hitter’s counts. It’s a learning experience and it hit us smack dab in the face.”
Myrtle Beach’s Joe Van Meter struck out six in three innings and gave up one unearned run on three hits and one walk out of the bullpen.
“He did a great job,” Wood said of Van Meter. “Three innings is long for him.”
Winston-Salem’s first run came in the fourth inning when Ross Wilson drove in Cyle Hankerd on a single, and the Dash added another run in the ninth when Miguel Gonzalez scored on a passed ball by catcher Tomas Telis.
“They’re a little older group,” Wood said of the Dash. “They’re good at the plate and amongst the league leaders in offense. Their pitching was very good this series and shut us down three games. Hats off to what they did.”
Brett Nicholas went 1 for 2 for the Pelicans and Alberto and Christian Villanueva went 1 for 4 each.
Myrtle Beach has the day off Sunday before they begin a four-game series with the Wilmington Blue Rocks at 7:05 p.m. on Monday.
“I hope they knew they got their [butts] kicked and hopefully we bounce back Monday,” Wood said.
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