Carolina Mudcats 5, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 3
With Friday’s game tied at a run apiece in the second, Carolina took full control by crossing the plate twice in the frame. Consecutive doubles by Lucas Erceg and Trent Clark scratched one across, with a Weston Wilson base hit bringing in another two batters later.
Carolina center fielder Corey Ray was 2-for-4 on the night with a home run and two RBIs on the night, setting the pace en route to a Mudcats victory.
Winner: Corbin Burnes (5-0) went six innings for Carolina, giving up a run on two hits to pick up the win. He struck out six Myrtle Beach batters while walking only one.
Loser: Myrtle Beach starter Ryan Kellogg (1-3) gave up four runs —three earned — on six hits in a losing effort. He struck out four Carolina batters in the game.
By the numbers
1.05 The earned run average (ERA) of Carolina starter Corbin Burnes following Friday night’s contest.
4Myrtle Beach’s number of hits in the game. Only two of those base hits came on the Mudcats’ Burnes in six innings of work.
3 Where the Pelicans sit in the Carolina League’s Southern Division following Friday night’s loss.
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans fall to 26-23 on the season, while the Carolina Mudcats move a half-game ahead of their Carolina League foes at 26-22.
Myrtle Beach continues its series with Carolina, first pitch from Five County Stadium in Zebulon, N.C., coming at 5 p.m. The Pelicans will send right-hander Adbert Alzolay (4-1, 2.68 ERA) to the bump in an effort to even the series, while the Mudcats will send Conor Harber (1-4, 4.28 ERA).