MYRTLE BEACH — The Pelicans were unable to battle back as they fell to the Carolina Mudcats 4-3 to tie the series on Friday at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.
Pelicans starter Kyle DeVore went five innings, allowed two runs on six hits and struck out three for a no-decision.
Randy Henry was taken out the game in the sixth inning with an apparent injury to his pitching arm after allowing two runs on two hits in 2/3 innings.
Daniel Lopez, in his first appearance for the Pelicans, tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Lopez allowed one hit and one walk. Six-foot-seven, 240 pound reliever Phil Klein, in his second appearance for Myrtle Beach, pitched two perfect innings out of the bullpen.
The Mudcats struck first in the top of the second inning when Todd Hankins belted a two-run home run that put Carolina up by two.
The Pelicans struck right back in the bottom of the second. Brett Nicholas scored on a wild pitch, and Edwin Garcia drove in Tomas Telis to tie the game at two. Myrtle Beach took the lead in the bottom of the third inning when Telis drove in Odubel Herrera on a single to right field that gave the Pelicans a 3-2 advantage.
The Mudcats tied the game at three when Ronny Rodriguez tripled in Tyler Cannon in the top of the sixth inning. Rodriquez scored on an Alex Monsalve groundout to give Carolina a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning.
Myrtle Beach didn’t get a hit past the fifth inning. The Pelicans were 2 for 9 with runners in scoring position and left five men stranded opposed to the Mudcats, who were 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.
Carolina starter Mike Rayl made a quality start and got the win for it. Rayl struck out six and allowed three runs on six hits in six innings.
Myrtle Beach will take on the Mudcats in game three of the four game series at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday.
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