Down East Wood Ducks 14, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 6
The Down East Wood Ducks scored runs in each of the first six innings. However, a five-run outburst in the third proved to be Myrtle Beach’s undoing, as Matt Lipka and Luis La O connected for home runs off of Pelicans starter Ryan Kellogg.
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Down East third baseman Luis La O was 3-for-5 in the game, with a home run and 4 RBIs. He also scored four runs on the night for the Wood Ducks.
Winner: Wes Benjamin (5-6) went six innings, giving up two runs on 11 hits. He struck out two Pelicans batters.
Loser: Ryan Kellogg had a rough go of things, yielding six runs on nine hits in two innings of work.
By the numbers
3Errors for Myrtle Beach in the game, as well as the number of home runs hit by Down East.
5 Pitchers used by Myrtle Beach in the game.
30 Total hits by the teams in Friday night’s contest.
Myrtle Beach falls to 44-28 overall, and 1-1 in the second half of the Carolina League season. Down East improves to 25-45, also 1-1 in the season’s second half.
The clubs continue their series at TIcketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark on Saturday, the third in a four-game set. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m., with Mike Rucker (1-1, 1.73 ERA) going to the hill for Myrtle Beach. Down East will counter with right-hander Richelson Pena (4-3, 3.36 ERA).