Myrtle Beach Pelicans 2, Down East Wood Ducks 1
With Myrtle Beach up 1-0 in the fifth inning and a runner on first, a line drive by center fielder Robert Garcia sailed over the head of Down East right fielder Yanio Perez. Garcia wound up with a triple on the play, allowing shortstop Andruw Monasterio to cross home plate.
Robert Garcia was 2-for-4 in the game, his RBI triple in the fifth proving to be the difference in the game.
Winner: Myrtle Beach’s Thomas Hatch went seven innings, scattering three hits and giving up one run — which was unearned. He struck out six Down East batters.
Loser: Emerson Martinez went six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits. He struck out five.
By the numbers
0 Earned runs given up by Myrtle Beach starter Thomas Hatch, the fourth consecutive start in which he has given up one earned run or less.
17 Runners left on base for the Pelicans in the game.
21 Wins for Myrtle Beach in 26 games.
Myrtle Beach improves to 44-27 on the season, best in the Carolina League. Down East falls to 24-46.
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans and Down East Wood Ducks continue their four-game series Friday night, with first pitch at 7:05 p.m. Ryan Kellogg (3-3, 3.86 ERA) will go to the mound for Myrtle Beach, while the Wood Ducks will counter with Wes Benjamin (4-6, 5.21 ERA).