Myrtle Beach Pelicans 11, Winston-Salem Dash 4
Falling behind in the first inning for the third consecutive game in the series, Myrtle Beach responded by posting 11 runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame. The Pelicans had eight hits in the inning, highlighted by a grand slam courtesy of top prospect Eloy Jimenez over the left field wall.
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Jimenez went 2-for-5 in the game, scoring a run while bringing in five to help the Pelicans earn a series sweep of the Dash.
Winner: Myrtle Beach’s Oscar De La Cruz (4-2) worked 5 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on five hits. He struck out 10 in the game, while walking two.
Loser: Winston-Salem starter Luis Martinez (0-1) was unable to make it out the first inning, yielding eight runs on four hits. He also walked three Myrtle Beach batters.
By the numbers
1 Hit by the Pelicans after the first inning. In the opening frame alone, the club earned eight hits en route to 11 runs.
3 Eloy Jimenez’s grand slam in the first inning was the third home run for the Chicago Cubs’ prospect in two weeks of play in the Carolina League.
10 Number of batters struck out by Myrtle Beach starter Oscar De La Cruz in Thursday night’s win over Winston-Salem.
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans up their record to 26-22 on the season, while Winston-Salem falls to 14-34.
Myrtle Beach heads to Zebulon, N.C., for its first meeting of the season with the Carolina Mudcats. The Pelicans will send Ryan Kellogg to the mound in the series opener, taking on Carolina’s Corbin Burnes. Coming into Friday night’s contest, Burnes is 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA.