Myrtle Beach Pelicans 4, Down East Wood Ducks 2
Third baseman Jesse Hodges’ double with two out in the fifth broke the seal of a scoreless game at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark, bringing in Tyler Alamo to give the Pelicans a 1-0 lead. After first baseman Matt Rose was issued a free pass, Connor Myers allowed Myrtle Beach to add to their lead. The Pelicans would add two more in the sixth, one of them courtesy of a home run by right fielder Eddy Martinez.
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Myrtle Beach right fielder Eddy Martinez had one of his best night of the season thus far, going 3-for-4 with a home run to lead the Pelicans to a win.
Winner: Ryan Kellogg went 6 2/3 for Myrtle Beach, giving up two runs on four hits. The lefty struck out four Wood Duck batters, while walking one.
Loser: Wes Benjamin went five innings for Down East, allowing two runs on four hits, while striking out six.
By the numbers
1 After stealing seven bases Wednesday night, Down East swiped only one in Thursday night’s affair.
2.1 With a depleted bullpen following Wednesday’s 14-inning affair, Casey Bloomquist finished off the final 2 1/3 innings for Myrtle Beach, not allowing a run or hit and striking out four.
3 Players with multi-hit games, with Eddy Martinez leading the way with three in the game. Daniel Spingola and Tyler Alamo each tallied two hits.
Myrtle Beach improves to 29-25 on the season, a game back of Buies Creek in the Carolina League’s Southern Division. Down East falls to 21-32.
Myrtle Beach seeks to make it two in a row on Friday, playing host to the third of its four-game set with the Down East Wood Ducks. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m., with Adbert Alzolay (5-1, 2.72 ERA) going to the hill for the Pelicans, while Down East will counter with Richelson Peña (3-2, 3.80 ERA).