Myrtle Beach Pelicans 9, Carolina Mudcats 3
With Myrtle Beach down 3-1 in the sixth, an errant throw by Carolina pitcher Quentin Torres-Costa allowed a run to score. A few batters later, Pelicans third baseman Jesse Hodges’ 3-run homer off the left field pole gave them a lead they would not relinquish.
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Chicago Cubs top prospect Eloy Jimenez has rebounded from a recent slump rather nicely. On Thursday, the Myrtle Beach designated hitter was 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and three runs scored.
Winner: Scott Effross (2-1) picked up the win, coming in for two innings of relief. In that time, he allowed one hit while striking out two.
Loser: A rough sixth inning for Quentin Torres-Costa (5-2) earned him a loss in the series opener. He went 2/3 of an inning, giving up four runs — three earned — on three hits.
By the numbers
4 Errors by Carolina Mudcats in Friday night’s game at Myrtle Beach. It also accounted for the number of innings pitched by Pelicans starter Adbert Alzolay, his lowest output since going less than two innings against Frederick on May 3.
9 After Carolina scored a trio of runs in the third, the Pelicans scored the final nine runs of the contest.
17 Number of strikeouts by Myrtle Beach pitchers in Thursday night’s game — eight of which were courtesy of Alzolay.
With its seventh consecutive win, the Pelicans move 10 games above .500 at 35-25. Carolina falls to 32-27 on the year.
The same two clubs will take the field on Friday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark for the second of a four-game set. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m., with Myrtle Beach sending Thomas Hatch (1-5, 4.53 ERA) to the mound, with Carolina countering with Jordan Yamamoto (0-0, 3.05 ERA).